The issue of mental capacity on divorce and separation

Health issues can surface that make it hard to assess an individual’s ability to make decisions, though there are measures available that can help to ease and make sense of the process.

Could collaborative law work for you?

Collaborative law cuts out the necessity for contested court proceedings in the event of a relationship breakdown. For many, collaborative law is a highly effective option.

Enforcement of Family Finance Orders

Family Finance Orders are usually made following the end of a marriage or civil partnership and also under Schedule 1 of the Children Act for unmarried parents.

When cheap divorce goes wrong

A recent case in the High Court has highlighted the dangers of ‘on the cheap’ divorces and what can happen if the legal process is rushed and without full financial disclosure.

Women challenge divorce settlements

Katie Beal comments on two recent divorce settlements, which have seen both women involved appeal to have their settlements overturned in the Supreme Court.

Lifetime maintenance payments after divorce

A recent family law case has emphasised that the courts can exercise discretion when determining how long maintenance payments should last for.

No presumption in favour of natural parent

A recent case in the family court has highlighted the issues of presumption in favour of a natural parent being a child’s primary carer.

Financial settlement and the importance of a clean break

Many people going through divorce mistakenly believe that once Decree Absolute (the final decree dissolving the marriage) is granted by the Court that all financial ties automatically come to an end.

Landmark case could see large pay out

This week has seen a landmark case in the Supreme Court, which could potentially open up the flood gates for similar claims.

Divorce centres

2014 saw the introduction of the single Family Court. Following these significant changes in family law, a network of centralised divorce centres will now be established. Sara Tomlinson explains the purpose of these in more detail.

Family law representation costs

Courts now have the power to direct the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to bear the costs of legal representation, according to a High Court judge.

Civil partnerships could be available to all

A unique case is the first attempt in the British courts to make civil partnerships available to heterosexual couples.

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