Separation: Top tips for surviving the immediate aftermath

According to the media, we are in the middle of divorce season. The truth is there isn’t one set time of year when people split up. Yes, some times of year are busier than others, but any solicitor worth their salt will tell you that “divorce day” is a myth. Having said that, if you... Continue Reading →

Something special?

Ryan Giggs is the latest in a string of high profile footballers embroiled in court proceedings following the breakdown of his marriage. However, the case has received significant attention, not for the reasons behind the marriage breakdown, rather in relation to the financial separation and his contributions during the marriage. Giggs has announced that it... 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 →

Form E frenzy – a storm in a teacup?

It was announced yesterday that the Ministry of Justice is investigating errors in the Form E financial statement available on their website, amongst fears that this may have resulted in incorrect settlements. News coverage has suggested that the section of the Form E which adds up a party’s total assets contained “critical errors” which could... Continue Reading →

Pension reforms: are you ready?

Monday 6 April 2015 will see the Government's flagship pensions freedom policy comes into force. This new scheme will provide people with flexibility to choose how they deal with their pension, giving individuals the freedom to decide whether to invest, save or spend their pension. My colleage Mark Sage has put together a handy guide... Continue Reading →

Arbitration given green light by family courts

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Mumby, has delivered judgement approving a financial settlement award made through arbitration. Arbitration in Family proceedings was launched in 2012 with the aim of providing a cost-effective alternative to court proceedings to resolve family disputes. The case of S v S [2014] EWHC 7 (Fam) is the... Continue Reading →

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