Weekly Family Law Update March 18, 2024

Government shelves plans for compulsory mediation

The Government has shelved plans for the introduction of compulsory mediation in family cases, at least for the time being. The news was contained in the Government’s response to a consultation it held last year on resolving private family disputes earlier through family mediation. The consultation sought views on several issues, including three key proposals: […]

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 […]