Family Law Insights

Campaigners have been striving for ‘no fault divorce’ for over 30 years and at last, the ‘Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill’ has finally reached the end of its parliamentary journey having become an Act of Parliament on 25 June 2020. In the biggest shake-up of divorce law in the last half century, the implementation of … Continued

Parental Alienation

What is parental alienation? Parental alienation is a term which arises frequently in the context of child contact disputes. But what does it mean? And how do the courts deal with it? Sometimes during the course of a child contact dispute, a child expresses strong negative views about one of their parents (usually, but not … Continued

The answer to this question is a frustrating one for many clients, because the short answer is: “it depends!” Provided that you can satisfy the court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, the process of obtaining a divorce is usually quite straightforward. In theory, a simple divorce could take just a couple of months. … Continued

Spanish speaking family lawyers Alicia Cenizo, Partner and head of our Family Department speaks Spanish fluently and is able to assist Spanish speaking clients with their matrimonial, financial and children related issues. Her father is Spanish, from Zamora in Castilla Leon, Spain and so Alicia grew up with and has been immersed in the Spanish … Continued

Whilst I am sure every child is excited for their forthcoming summer break, filled with the prospects of activities, sunshine, late nights and lack of homework….for many parents the feeling is more one of apprehension and, sometimes, dread as to how they are going to arrange child care, juggle their time with the children and … Continued

The last major reforms in UK divorce law took place almost 50 years ago, with the passing of the Matrimonial causes Act 1973. The slow pace of reform in the matrimonial sector has long been bemoaned by family solicitors, who are generally quick to point out that whilst divorce law has barely changed in the … Continued

No fault divorce

The Justice Secretary announced today that he will be following the majority opinion of over 600 responses to the consultation on changing the law to allow for divorce to be FAULTLESS. Couples wishing to end their marriage will no longer have to accuse the other of causing the breakdown by reference to their behaviour or … Continued

Surrogacy agreements are becoming increasingly popular, especially internationally, as a result of the UK ban on commercial arrangements. So what do prospective parents making plans to become a family via this process need to know? Under UK law, the…

Saturday 18 August has been reported as the most common day in 2018 to tie the knot in the UK. However, since the early 1970s, the number of people actually getting married has steadily decreased, dropping a further 3.4% last year. There have been many…