Divorce & Separation advice: what to do now
We help with all aspects of Family Law and especially divorce cases. Kelly Parks, Head of our Family Law team offers advice on what to do next.
Pension sharing during a divorce
Pensions are often seen as a bit of a mystery, with many people not realising their true value, but in reality, your pension is probably one of your most valuable assets. It is usually the second largest asset in the marriage after the matrimonial home. During a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership, the value of your pension assets will have to be taken into account as part of the financial settlement process.
Moving out of the marital home? Your rights uncovered
Domestic Violence Support
A Terrible consequence of the social distancing measures introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rise in the number of cases of domestic violence and abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and a 150% increase in visits to their website since the current situation began (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52157620). With the lockdown continuing for the foreseeable future, we sadly expect the number of domestic abuse cases to continue to grow during this time.
Top tips for marriage survival over the coming weeks
Couples may be facing a challenging time due to the unusual circumstances that have been thrust upon us as a result of the COVID-19.
Sharing custody during the Coronavirus pandemic – what are your rights?
Common law marriage - does it exist?
Does common law marriage exist? The short answer is “no”, however, almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married.
What to do when a summer break becomes a summer break up?
Consultation on Domestic Abuse
The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors.
How Social Media Can Fuel A Divorce
More legal aid support for victims of domestic violence
The Ministry of Justice has announced that victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court.
Home secretary must establish marriage of convenience
In an interesting twist on an old movie script, a recent Supreme Court ruling found that for a removal order to be issued against an EU individual on the ground that she had abused her right of residence in the UK by attempting to enter into a marriage of convenience with a non-EU national, it was for the home secretary to establish that it would have been a marriage of convenience rather than for the individual to establish that the relationship was a genuine and lasting one.
Practical Advice - Taking Children Abroad After Separation
Planning ahead is important for most family holidays, but if you are looking to take your children abroad and you have separated or divorced, then the sooner you prepare this, the better.
Court reform gives stronger protection for victims and witnesses
Vulnerable victims and witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.
Adoption of children in care to be an increased priority
Divorce and Children
We've developed a helpful guide that will highlight how some processes will work with regard to your children and your divorce, and what the law states.
Financial Issues in Divorce
We have developed a a guide on Financial Issues in Divorce providing you with insight in to financial agreements, financial support for children, considerations for agreeing on a financial settlement and various tips.