Article Category: Family Law – Insight & Opinion

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 »

All About Parental Responsibility

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. Mothers automatically have parental responsibility. Fathers also have it if they are married to the mother, or if they were registered on the child’s birth certificate after… Read more »

Finances In Divorce: The Courts’ Approach

Divorce is a daunting prospect. Anxiety is heightened by fear of the unknown and worry for the future. With this is mind, it may help to have an idea of the approach the courts take when considering finances in divorce. What will the courts consider? The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 helpfully lists the courts’ considerations…. Read more »

No Fault Divorce: Is It About Time The Law Changed?

The Office for National Statistics have recently released statistics regarding marital breakdown for the year 2015. Do these figures reflect a need for the law to change and support a no fault divorce system? In total there were 101,055 divorces of opposite sex couples and 22 divorces of same sex couples in 2015. This suggests… Read more »

Is The Stress Of Divorce Causing Ill Health?

Angelina Jolie has revealed in this month’s Vanity Fair magazine that the stress of divorce and her split from Brad Pitt caused her physical health problems including Bell’s Palsy. This follows media reports last week which focused on the 2017 Alzheimer’s International Conference in London. The AAIC 2017. The studies presented at the conference confirmed… Read more »

Do You Need A Pre-nuptial Agreement?

Planning a wedding is no easy task. Many brides-to-be rely on a month-by-month checklist starting 12 months in advance of the big day. Such checklists will remind you to book your photographer, wedding cars and honeymoon, and to buy your wedding dress, flowers and wedding rings. However, very few (if any) prompt you to look into… Read more »

Divorce And The Farming Partnership

The financial issues that arise when a couple reach the stage of divorce are never easy to resolve. When those issues involve a farming partnership the division of assets and the need to meet the financial requirements of both parties can quickly become a complex case. The start point for any effective negotiation in a… Read more »

Financial Disclosure And Preserving Assets In Divorce

The issue of false or incomplete financial disclosure within divorce proceedings has recently been revisited in a High Court case. During this case, the Screwfix tycoon, James Goddard-Watts was required to pay his wife an additional £6million, six years after their divorce. The wife successfully argued that the initial financial award of £7million was based… Read more »