Weekly Family Law Update February 26, 2024

For the first time, the percentage of married people falls below 50%, sparking calls for cohabitation rights

A remarkable statistic has sparked calls for cohabitants to be given basic financial and property rights on relationship breakdown. In January the Office for National Statistics published annual population estimates by marital status and living arrangements in England and Wales, for 2021/2. Decline of marriage and rise of cohabitation The estimates indicated that  whilst married […]

Reviews February 12, 2024

5 Star Review for Sarah Woodward

“Excellent support from Sarah. Sarah Woodward supported and advised me through a lengthy financial separation. At every stage Sarah gave me solid and pragmatic advice, and did so whilst being mindful of a complex emotional context. She helped me reach a conclusion that I feel was the best outcome for both parties, but above all […]

Weekly Family Law Update January 30, 2024

Dealing with housing needs on divorce

When the court is asked to deal with a financial remedies application sorting out financial arrangements on divorce it is required to specifically consider certain factors. One of those factors, and often the most important one, is the financial needs, obligations and responsibilities which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely […]

Weekly Family Law Update November 29, 2023

The perils of do-it-yourself online divorce

Obviously it is well known that divorce can be expensive. It is no surprise therefore that many people going through divorce will want to do everything they can to keep that expense to a minimum. One tempting way to do this is to deal with the divorce yourself, without the expense of instructing a solicitor […]

Weekly Family Law Update November 10, 2023

Parental alienation is in the news again, but what is it, and how does the court respond?

Parental alienation is an increasingly common issue raised in disputes between parents over arrangements for their children, but what exactly is it, and how does the family court respond to allegations of parental alienation? Parental alienation in the news ‘Parental alienation’ is a relatively recent term, originating in the USA in the 1980s, but now […]