Article Category: Family Law – Insight & Opinion

How Are Assets Split When Short Marriages Breakdown?

If the marriage is only a short one, say one or two years, are the rules any different? In a divorce, the court will not look back over the course of the marriage and attempt to mathematically calculate the financial input of each spouse. It’s improbable each spouse will have paid in an identical amount… Read more »

Post-Christmas Period And Divorce: How Can It Be Kept Amicable?

It’s a well-known fact that divorce lawyers experience a peak in consultations post-Christmas. In some cases this is due to a parents desire to preserve a last unspoiled Christmas for the children before proceedings are issued. In other cases the Christmas period acts as the final straw due to: Christmas parties, which can prove an… Read more »

Adultery As A Reason For Divorce: What Do You Need To Know?

To divorce on the basis of adultery, a spouse must establish that the other person has committed adultery and that they find it intolerable to live with them. It is not possible to issue divorce proceedings on the basis of your own adultery. How is adultery defined in the law? Adultery is defined as the… Read more »

Parental Alienation: How Can It Affect A Child?

The majority of parents manage through the turbulence of divorce to prioritise the emotional needs of their children by maintaining a civil manner and respect for one another, and allowing children permission to enjoy their time with the other parent. However, the court system remains challenged by cases of parental alienation and parents who are… Read more »

Division Of Assets: Is Divorce Law In A State Of Flux?

In any industry it is essential to keep up to date with developments and advising on divorce issues, such as the division of assets, is no different. This month we have seen the introduction of a new form of divorce petition and we all remain watching the case of Owens and Owens, in the London… Read more »

What Is Parental Responsibility And Who Has It?

Parental responsibility is defined as being all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent has in relation to a child and their property. Who has parental responsibility? Mothers automatically have parental responsibility. Fathers have parental responsibility if they are married to the mother or if they were registered on the… Read more »