Making pensions on divorce less of a scary subject
New Court of Appeal case a gamechanger for arbitration in family law?
A recent Court of Appeal case has the potential to change the landscape of arbitration in family law. With the court backlog worse than ever as a result of Covid-19, out-of-court settlement options, such as Early Neutral Evaluations, Private FDRs and Arbitration are seen as increasingly attractive prospects for separating couples, who would like to... 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 →
Divorce: how “unreasonable” must your ex be?
The calls for no fault divorce have grown louder this week after an Oxford judge has failed to allow a divorce to proceed. Tini Owens petitioned for divorce on the basis of her husband's unreasonable behaviour. The parties married in 1978 and have been separated two years. Mrs Owens moved out of the family home before... Continue Reading →
2017… new year, new start?
3 January 2017. The first working day of the new year. Supposedly, one of the “highlights” of every family lawyer’s calendar, when we allegedly see a year-on-year unprecedented increase in new enquiries about divorce and separation. Every year, we will read in the press of one or two law firms anticipating a huge rise in... Continue Reading →
Warning for UK nationals relocating abroad with children
As more and more of us are working abroad, travelling and making connections across different continents, the international family is rapidly becoming part of the modern landscape. On separation, many people think about moving abroad, whether to return to the country where they grew up, for a fresh start or to live with a new... Continue Reading →
Thinking practically, as well as romantically, following an engagement
"Will you enter into a prenup with me?" Eight words potentially loaded with uncertainty and the possibility of a few awkward conversations. Not nearly as romantic as the four words that will have crossed many lips on Valentine's Day: "Will you marry me?" Valentine's Day is statistically one of the most popular days of the... Continue Reading →