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New Year’s Resolution – A divorce


The first Monday after New Year’s Day has been dubbed “divorce day”.  Every year we have an increase in calls in January as couples make the difficult decision of getting a divorce their new year’s resolution.  The new year is synonymous with fresh starts and making personal or professional goals. Being with your partner over […]


The Divorce Blame Game


The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is in the process of being brought into UK legislation, representing a radical reform of the divorce process.  It essentially brings into effect provisions for a no fault divorce. WHAT IS THE DIVORCE PROCESS? The current divorce process requires all parties to rely on one of five factors to […]


“Same Roof” Compensation: Abolition of Rule Means Victims Can Now Claim


  The “same-roof rule” was an English law that victims of domestic abuse were not entitled to any compensation if they lived with the perpetrator of their abuse prior to 1979. The rule was successfully challenged in the Court of Appeal in 2018 and now victims can claim compensation.         It has been a […]


Do You Have a Legal Right To See Your Grandchildren?


If the Court decides that contact between you and your grandchild is in the child’s best interest, they may grant an Order (called a Child Arrangements Order) to this effect. It is important to seek legal advice because you will need to convince the Court that you have a meaningful relationship with your grandchild, which significantly benefits their lives.


The Myth of the ‘Common Law Marriage’


As a family law solicitor I often have to break the news to clients that they do not have the ability to claim any financial support against their ex-partner even if they have been living together for years.  There is no such concept as a ‘common law marriage’. Many people are not aware that this […]