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Does the current Lockdown and economic fallout mean that you can change your Financial Order?

April 22, 2020 Speech Box

This is a complex area of law usually, and particularly now that we are in very uncertain economic times. A Financial Order is usually ‘cast in stone’ in terms of the division of capital assets between parties on divorce.  What can Read more …

Supreme Court’s judgement in F v M (2020) shines much needed light on definition of coercive and controlling behaviour

January 18, 2021 Speech Box

I’ve written previously about the unsatisfactory way in which our courts and (some) professionals deal with issues of domestic abuse that do not involve physical violence.  These kinds of cases can often show coercive and controlling behaviour by one party Read more …

When your business might not be all of your business if you separate

November 24, 2020 Speech Box

My colleagues in our Corporate & Commercial team are frequently advising clients how to restructure their businesses – not just to survive COVID-19 – but also to also ring fence any assets they may feel belong outside of the family Read more …

Remote family hearings don’t work for all

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

Whilst the Family courts have done their best to hear cases through the Covid-19 pandemic, working remotely has not suited all, writes Louise Barretto, Head of our Family law team. The BBC recently interviewed a mother who unexpectedly lost custody Read more …

Louise Barretto, Head of Bishop & Sewell’s Family Law team, on Jane Austen, prenups and 2020

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

Writing in the Guardian recently journalist Coco Khan wrote this article suggesting that her personal objection to a friend writing a pre-nuptual agreement was a little out of step with our times. She would rather risk it that a newly Read more …

The Judge’s ruling in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case reminds us that not all domestic violence is physical

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

Johnny Depp’s highly publicised libel case against The Sun newspaper in July came to an end earlier this week, comments Louise Barretto, Head of our Family law team, with the Judge, Mr Justice Nichol ruling that much of what was Read more …

Even the Prime Minister is confused whether separated parents can see their children under the new Covid-19 three tier rules

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

Fact: children are allowed to move between the homes of separated parents even during the peaks of lockdown, writes Louise Barretto, Head of our Family Law team. Responding to a question at a recent televised Downing Street press conference Boris Read more …

Divorcing in retirement is more common than you might think

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

There is sadly an increasing upward trend for those in retirement to divorce, writes Louise Barretto, Head of our Family law team. That this could involve anyone with whom we are familiar was brought home to me last week with Read more …

Child access: who keeps the children?

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

As role models go Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are as A List as they come. It’s therefore a salutary reminder, writes Louise Barretto, Head of Bishop and Sewell Family Law team, that arrangements for the children in a separation Read more …

What happens if your separating partner empties your joint bank account?

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

Louise Barretto, Head of our Family Law team comments on a showbiz rift, which raises a familiar Family Law problem. It was reported via The People online this month that American actress Jaime King’s estranged husband actor/writer Kyle Newman is Read more …

Remember when Gwyneth and Chris became consciously uncoupled?

November 23, 2020 Speech Box

It was fair to say in 2014 when Gwyneth Paltrow announced she and Chris Martin, her husband, had become “consciously uncoupled” that most of – Family lawyers included – were bemused, to say the least. It’s not a phrase we’d Read more …