Family Law Insights

Rebecca Meehan provides insights into the implications of the UK government’s rejection of the cohabitation law reform. It is a common misconception that the laws and protections afforded to cohabitees in England and Wales are similar or even a remote reflection of those laws which apply to married couples upon separation. The UK government has … Continued

The Impact of the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ on Divorce Liz Watson provides insights into the impact of the current cost of living crisis on divorce and tips for separating or divorcing couples to  consider when reaching financial settlements. With prices of energy, fuel and consumer goods rising quicker than the average wage, many families … 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

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

On 6 November 2015 Sir Peter Singer sitting in the Family Division gave Judgment in the case of JS v RS [2015] EWHC 2921 (Fam), [2016] 2FLR 839 on an application by the husband for a financial remedy order. He considered and reconfirmed the principles…

Latest case law development on prenuptial agreements WW v HW [2015] EWHC 1844 (Fam), the High Court gives significant weight to a prenuptial agreement even though it did not provide for the husband’s needs. The court took into account the…