Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Be wary of concealing assets in financial proceedings

A recent Judgment has seen a Consent Order set aside on the basis that an ex husband did not disclose all of his assets at the time of the original financial proceedings. The husband and wife had been married for 20 years before separating in 2000. Under the terms of the original Consent Order, the… Read more »

Manchester is top of the adultery hotspot

A recent survey has found that Manchester is the nation’s capital for adultery – with women leading the way. Specialist websites designed to put married people in touch with others seeking extra marital affairs are thriving, particularly in the North West – where married women between the ages of 35 and 54 are by far… Read more »

What if a person is physically unable to sign a will?

It seems rather obvious that in order for a will to be valid, it primarily needs to be signed by the person making the will, i.e. the Testator. However, what if the Testator is physically unable to sign or even make their mark? In the recent case of Barrett v Bern and others, the Testator,… Read more »

Not tying the knot? Be sure to protect your rights and finances

Recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics have shown that the percentage of families comprising cohabiting couples of different sexes (not including same sex couples) has increased dramatically over the last 10 years and now stands at 2.9 million, up from 2.1 million in 2001. Of these, some 38% have dependant children. The… Read more »

I do….take your pension

Recent research has shown that the number of people claiming against their spouses’ pensions in divorce proceedings has increased in the last year, an increase of around 11%.   The legislation allowing for pension sharing was introduced in 2001 and the number of claims was initially low. Prior to the change in law, claims were dealt… Read more »

Domestic violence lottery

Four police forces in England and Wales are to take part in a pilot scheme for one year, under which the police will be able to reveal information about men or women who have a history of domestic violence to their new partners. The pilot scheme is known as “Clare’s law”, named after Clare Wood… Read more »

Qualifying period for unfair dismissal increases on 6 April 2012

As from 6 April 2012 employees must have two years service to claim unfair dismissal. We would like to bring to the attention of employers that the qualifying period of two years service will only apply to employees starting new employment on or after the 6 April 2012. It is therefore essential to clearly understand… Read more »

Child Disputes and Religion

When a marriage or relationship breaks down there are often a number of areas of disagreement between parents over the ways to care for the children. The most common of these relate to where the children should live and how much time they should spend with the other parent. Other issues, which can cause just… Read more »

Calls for missing persons “presumed dead” law to be reformed

The STEP Journal reports that the House of Commons has recommended that there should be a complete reform of the law surrounding what happens when a person is missing, presumed dead. Following a recent enquiry, the House of Commons reported that the law surrounding this area is so confusing that it is very difficult for… Read more »

Divorce – Waiting for a brighter day?

Quite often, for many people whose marriage has broken down, there is a tendancy to delay formally sorting out the finances even though they may have physically separated. This can be for a variety of reasons such as uncertainty as to the value of the house, job security, lack of affordable mortgages or not being… Read more »