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 […]

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 […]

Weekly Family Law Update August 10, 2023

New measure to help abuse victims get child maintenance

A parent who has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of the other parent is highly likely to have difficulty in securing child maintenance payments from the other parent. Apart from just refusing to pay, abusers often withhold payments as a means of controlling their victims, thereby prolonging the abuse. Thankfully, new legislation has just […]