Family Law Related Articles

OWENS -V- OWENS: Where do we go from here?

The family law community was in a state of suspense today as the Supreme Court handed down its highly anticipated judgement in the case of Owens -v- Owens. The case…Read More

Husband wins his appeal against an order to pay his former wife’s housing costs

Mills v Mills 2018 – In the Supreme Court Husband wins his appeal against an order to pay his former wife’s housing costs I recently wrote a short article titled…Read More

Will I lose my rights in connection with the family home if I move out?

As family lawyers, we are frequently approached by clients who are panicked and distressed about their living arrangements and rights in connection with the family home, following separation. This article…Read More

Married, but not married - Is my religious marriage recognised in the UK?

The UK is one of the more ethnically diverse and multicultural nations in the world. It is therefore no surprise that the UK sees its people celebrate their marriages in…Read More

The Pensions Series: Beware applying for Decree Absolute where there are pensions

Over recent years I have observed an increasing number of litigants’-in-person (private individuals dealing with their own legal matters) filing for divorce. Indeed, to assist, the Court Service has amended…Read More

Marriage rates are down and cohabitation is up; which could be much more important than you might think

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that marriage rates continue to fall. In 2015 there were 239,020 marriages; a record low. Compared with 2005, marriage rates…Read More

Dealing with Parental Alienation during a Relationship Breakdown

Parental alienation is a situation in which one parent (usually the resident parent but not exclusively) poisons their child against the non-resident parent. Parental alienation often occurs following the hostile…Read More

Dividing assets in a short marriage

Short marriage example: Sharp v Sharp 2017 It has long been the case that the family courts divide assets on divorce by reference to the “yardstick of equality”; following the…Read More

Maintenance for life?

 A cautionary note for Financial Advisors I am presently involved with a challenging but very interesting case involving the variation of spousal maintenance following divorce. My case involves the variation…Read More

Paying for divorce

It is fair to say divorce (and relationship breakdown for unmarried couples) is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. My clients often tell me that what…Read More