Justice Secretary David Gauke confirmed today that new legislation is to be introduced which would allow parties to obtain a ‘no-fault divorce’. The Ministry of Justice said the new legislation is expected to be introduced ‘as soon as parliamentary time allows’.…
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- Ending the blame game: new legislation introducing ‘no-fault divorce’
- An update on Owens v Owens - The difficulty in divorce
- Owens v Owens: Solicitors reconsider their approach to 'behaviour' in divorce cases
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- Shared Parental Leave - Still not quite shared
- Principle of mutual wills trumps widow’s 13 wills
- Healthcare briefing - Damages for breach of Article 8 rights
- Establishing a beneficial interest in property
- Birch v Birch – Flexibility v finality
- Financial Dispute Resolution Hearings
- Drafting divorce petitions and the impact of Owens v Owens
- Relocating within the UK as a single parent
- Supreme Court unanimously allows the charities’ appeal in Ilott v The Blue Cross & Others
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- Tax and Private Client newsletter - 2017
- What is arbitration?
- Problems with family contributions towards the purchase of a family home on divorce/separation
- How bad does behaviour have to be in order to obtain a non-molestation order?
- Who owns the matrimonial home? Does it matter on divorce?
- Is it true that you can have a 'quickie divorce' as often suggested by press reports
- Who pays the costs of divorce and related financial proceedings?
- Dividing assets and income on divorce
- The duty to provide full and frank financial disclosure on divorce
- Changes to the Child Support System
- Is my trust protected if I get divorced?
- “Move with Caution” - Considerations for Cohabitees
- Why should I get a pre nuptial agreement?
Mrs Owens petitioned for divorce in May 2015. In order to demonstrate that the marriage had irretrievably broken down she relied on Mr Owens’ unreasonable behaviour. It was such that she said she could not reasonably be expected to live with him anymore. Mr…
In the light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Owens v Owens, family solicitors are having to reconsider their approach to ‘behaviour’ as a fact relied upon when petitioning for divorce. Grounds for divorce There is only one ground on which a…
October marks pregnancy and infant loss awareness month with baby loss awareness week marked specifically between 9 to 15 October. Taboo It remains a silent subject, one that is rarely acknowledged, let alone openly spoken about. This year a number of charities…
Shared Parental Leave is the mechanism by which parents are able to share the ‘maternity leave’ following the birth of their baby. It was introduced by the Government in 2015 to encourage either or both parents being able to care…
Mutual wills used to be an attractive option to couples seeking peace of mind about how their combined estates would be distributed. The recent case of Legg and others v Burton and others demonstrates how restrictive mutual wills can be on the…
The Court of Protection recently considered the steps taken to safeguard vulnerable individuals and intervention in the intimate relationship of a married couple. CH v A Metropolitan Council  EWCOP12 CH had Down’s syndrome and a learning disability. He married his wife…
Many non-married couples may decide to purchase a property together and register both their names as legal owners on the title deeds. If they are contributing different amounts to the purchase price they may also want to record their contributions and…
The parties divorced in July 2010 and an order was made by consent whereby the wife would remain in the former matrimonial home with their two children. The husband agreed to immediately relinquish his interest in the property and in…
The Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing (FDR) is an important hearing in the early stages of financial proceedings. What happens at the FDR? The judge expresses a view about the likely outcome of the case should it proceed to a full hearing or…