Life admin after divorce: top ten tips

Once your finances are sorted, your order is in place and Decree Absolute has been made, it can be difficult to know what to do next.  After a few months of intense discussions and legal processes, coming to the end of a separation can feel like a huge anti-climax.  Points to consider before applying for... Continue Reading →

Reforms set to bring marriage formalities into the 21st century

Mothers’ details will be included on marriage certificates for the first time from May 2021.   The Government is set to reform the law around the information to be contained within marriage certificates. A new system of marriage registration will form part of the reforms to the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act 2019 which... Continue Reading →

Financial advisors: Top family law tips to help your clients

Chances are your client or a family member are going through a major life event when you are next in touch, be it a new child in the family, a wedding on the horizon, a separation, starting or selling a business, or, most probably, planning for the twilight years of their life. It’s not always easy... Continue Reading →

Civil partnerships: a thing of the past?

This week, the Supreme Court has heard the case of a couple who wish for their relationship to have the same legal status as same-sex civil partners. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan do not wish to be married, and want instead to have a civil partnership, which at present is only available to opposite-sex couples.... Continue Reading →

Spousal maintenance and the so-called “meal ticket for life”

The term 'meal ticket for life' is the controversial expression used by the media to describe open-ended spousal maintenance in divorce cases, which is intended to be paid for the duration of the lives of the payee and recipient. This somewhat distasteful phrase has again been the subject of much interest and public debate, thanks... Continue Reading →

My legal life

I featured in the Law Society Gazette's "My Legal Life" section this year. Below is the text of the article, which can also be viewed here.  Growing up, I wanted to be a writer. I used to spend hours boring family and classmates with my storytelling. This grew into a leaning towards journalism after covering... Continue Reading →

No fault divorce – family law in need of modernisation?

Almost half of all marriages today will end in divorce. Financial freedom, access to education, advances in technology and moves towards gender equality are all factors which have changed our attitudes towards the longevity of marriage. For many, marriage is no longer a commitment for life and so divorce is becoming more of a commodity... Continue Reading →

Civil partnership conversions: an update

The first same-sex weddings were celebrated in England and Wales on 29 March this year after the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 came into force. Yet whilst many same-sex couples were ecstatic that their relationship would finally be given equal recognition in law, many in civil partnerships were left in limbo. There was no... Continue Reading →

Civil partners left in limbo whilst first same sex marriages set to take place this month

The first same sex marriages are due to take place at the end of this month, as parts of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 come into force. Over the past few weeks, our team has received several enquiries from couples looking for advice about how to convert their civil partnership into a marriage,... Continue Reading →

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