Skip to content

How does divorce impact the finances of those over 50?

March 15, 2018 Speech Box

We have seen an increasing number of older couples getting divorced which seems to be down to a few reasons, such as the increasing financial independence of women and the reduced stigma attached to divorce. Another factor is no doubt Read more …

Russian billionaire appeals against English court’s highest divorce award

March 8, 2018 Speech Box

A Russian billionaire has appealed to the Court of Appeal against an order that the husband pay his former wife £453m. It is believed that the award is the highest made in an English divorce case. The Judge had found Read more …

Child abduction and unlawful retention

February 22, 2018 Speech Box

This Valentine’s Day the court of appeal has handed down an appeal on an interesting children’s case relating to the question of child abduction. In this case a married couple lived in Australia with their two children. At the end Read more …

Domestic abuse – what is it?

February 6, 2018 Speech Box

We are all accustomed to thinking of physical abuse when the term domestic violence is used. The stereotypical black eye comes to mind, but since 2015 the definition of domestic abuse has been expanded for the first time, criminalising non-physical Read more …

Divorce & Pensions – Women left behind …

November 13, 2017 Speech Box

I have just read a report published by the Scottish Widow’s research team.  This report claims that more than half of married people would fight for a fair share in any jointly owned property and, yet fewer than one in Read more …

Doctor Foster

October 11, 2017 Speech Box

I watched the second series of Doctor Foster with a growing sense of deja vu, as I’m sure many other family solicitors did. I watched in horror as the two parents tried really hard to hurt each other, succeeding on Read more …

Is there a marriage between Elle Macpherson and her “husband” to dissolve, or not?

September 11, 2017 Speech Box

Some of you may remember the dramatic press coverage of the breakdown of the relationship between Sir Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, when he said that there was never a legal marriage between the two of them and therefore there Read more …

What does parental responsibility really mean?

September 6, 2017 Speech Box

Often, when clients come to see me they want to talk about their “rights” when it comes to their children. This is often because they are involved in an acrimonious stand-off with the other parent of their child, and it Read more …

Surrogacy Update – Parental Orders

August 21, 2017 Speech Box

In a case published yesterday one of our judges significantly extended the strict 6-month time limit for commissioning parents to apply for Parental Orders following an overseas surrogacy agreement.  In this particular case the parents had delayed applying for a Read more …

International relocation of children

August 12, 2015 Speech Box

Does the appeal court decision In the Matter of F change the law in the international relocation of children? Cases involving separated parents, one of whom wishes to leave England and Wales with their child, are some of the most Read more …