Article Category: Insight & Opinion

If you’re separating but not intending to divorce – take note

If you do not have a pre-nuptial agreement and you are separating, have you given any thought to the legalities if you do not to intend to divorce? Many couples who separate choose to draw up informal agreements between themselves indicating what they wish to happen in the event of their future divorce or just… Read more »

Cameras permitted in UK courts for first time

It is expected that radical changes to the law to grant permission for television cameras to film the sentencing of criminals in court will be included in the Queen’s speech on 9 May 2012. A change in the law is required because cameras are forbidden in court under the 1925 Criminal Justice Act and the… Read more »

Are three parents better than two?

A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed that a child will clearly gain by having two parents and the addition of a third parent is not necessarily a disadvantage. In the case of A –V- B & C a lesbian couple wished to have a child and a gentleman, named “A” offered himself as… Read more »

Who owns your body when you’re gone?

Some people don’t mind what happens to their body after their death but for others where, when and how they are buried or cremated is of great importance to them and their family. The recent case of Ibuna v Arroyo considered some difficulties arose over who had the right to decide the deceased’s funeral arrangements…. Read more »

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 »

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 »