COVID-19 – Domestic Violence and the spike in divorce rates
202005.04

COVID-19 – Domestic Violence and the spike in divorce rates

With there being no sign of the lockdown restrictions lifting, thousands of couples living in the UK are struggling to cope with the close proximities they are faced with, in the same household as their spouse and possibly children. It is clear that the rates of domestic violence in the UK have risen to exceptional…

Guidance on compliance with Child Arrangement Orders during COVID-19
202004.02

Guidance on compliance with Child Arrangement Orders during COVID-19

Guidance on compliance with Child Arrangement Orders during COVID-19 02 April 2020 The expectation at this difficult time is that parents must care for children by acting sensibly and safely when making decisions regarding the arrangements for their child and deciding where and with whom their child spends time. The guidance which can be summarised…

The effects of the COVID-19 on the Family Court system…
202003.26

The effects of the COVID-19 on the Family Court system…

Making sure the Courts and Tribunal service continues to run effectively is essential for public service. With so many hearings taking place every day at the Central Family Court in London and at regional local Courts, COVID-19 has certainly had an impact on the way in which these hearings will be taking place moving forward….

Divorce Reform Returns to Parliament
202001.08

Divorce Reform Returns to Parliament

Monidipa Fouzder, from The Law Society Gazette, today published an article titled ‘Divorce reform swiftly returns to parliament’. The article states that; “the government has swiftly put long-awaited divorce reform back on the agenda after reintroducing legislation to end what the justice secretary called ‘needless antagonism’.” Read the full article here.

How long does it take to get a divorce?
201910.17

How long does it take to get a divorce?

The most straightforward of divorces can be finalised in around 6-9 months, although how long a divorce takes will depend on several factors. In most cases it can take longer because of the time needed to reach a financial settlement  and agree other details, such as arrangements for children. The first step to getting a…

201910.09

Can I get divorced in England if I was married overseas?

The general rule is yes, you can get a divorce under English and Welsh law provided that you have complied with the requirements of a lawful marriage ceremony and you and/or your spouse are either habitual residents or domiciled in the UK. If you are able to satisfy the above criteria, then there will be…

201910.02

What are the grounds for Divorce?

There is only one ground for divorce, which is “the marriage has irretrievably broken down”. However, the divorce will only be granted if one of the five facts laid down by law, providing that irretrievable breakdown has been established. The five categories are: Adultery Unreasonable behaviour Desertion Two years’ separation with the consent of the respondent Five years’ separation (no…

Pensions on divorce – Why use a pensions expert?
201908.22

Pensions on divorce – Why use a pensions expert?

Pensions can be the largest assets in a divorce. They are often not fully understood or valued correctly. Understandably couples divorcing are more concerned with being able to afford a home and make ends meet now, rather than thinking about their income when they might retire many years in the future. Often divorcing couples ignore…

President offers his thanks to overloaded Family Court
201908.12

President offers his thanks to overloaded Family Court

Last week the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, in an open letter dated 25th July, wrote: “I hope that this short message will be read by every judge, magistrate, HMCTS staff member, civil servant, CAFCASS officer, social work[er] and lawyer involved in the Family Justice System and Court of Protection in England…

No fault divorce – whose fault is it anyway?
201906.28

No fault divorce – whose fault is it anyway?

If you want to get divorced in England and Wales you must still provide reasons for the court. Unless you are relying on the fact that you have lived apart for at least 2 years then a petitioner must provide evidence that the respondent is at fault. In 2015 60% of divorces were based on…