April 15, 2018


The legal rights of cohabitees continue to be much less than what they should be. There is no doubt that some protection is available but not nearly enough.  The situation becomes more complicated if...

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February 19, 2018

The Cost of Divorce

Not surprisingly, this is one of the first questions that a client asks a lawyer. “How much is all this going to cost?” The general response is “it depends”. If a case is resolved...

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September 13, 2017

Supreme Court to decide what...

A petitioner who was refused a decree of divorce because the court did not consider that her husband’s conduct amounted to unreasonable behaviour, has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Mrs...

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Prenuptial Agreements
August 30, 2017

The Cohabitation Rights Bill

The Cohabitation Rights Bill is a result of The Law Commission’s report and proposals in 2007. The first reading of the Bill took place on 5 July 2017. This is a formality to start...

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July 12, 2017

Grace Evans – Our First...

I undertook the Family Law module at the University of Nottingham during the final year of my studies. I thoroughly enjoyed the module which included learning about marriage, domestic violence, divorce and financial settlements...

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Divorce Signing
July 3, 2017

When Needs Does Not Mean

When a court is asked to decide a matrimonial financial dispute between spouses or between a couple in a Civil Partnership, Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Part 5 of Schedule...

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Family Law
May 23, 2017

You’re Not So Special!

On 11th April 2017, Daily Mail Online reported that ex Manchester United footballer, Ryan Giggs, was seeking to argue in The High Court in London that he had made a “special contribution” to the...

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April 26, 2017

Prenuptial Agreements –...

With wedding season fast approaching, people who have recently got engaged may want to consider prenuptial agreements. Particularly those marrying once they have already built up a large asset portfolio. Prenuptial agreements are often...

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Financial Settlement Agreement
April 12, 2017

It Never Rains but it Pours

After something of a drought of developments in Family Law, the early part of 2017 saw a flood of various events, cases and announcements. First of all we had the case of Briers.  This...

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February 14, 2017

John Hooper Wins National...

A headteacher who abandoned her career to be looked after by her millionaire husband may not claim compensation for lost earnings, a court has ruled. Katriona MacFarlane had claimed Dr James MacFarlane, represented by...

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February 1, 2017

2016 News Roundup

Family Law case update and legal news from 2016. The Family Court continues to struggle. The cases of Gohil and Sharland were considered by the Supreme Court – which came to the conclusion that fraud,...

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December 12, 2016

Family Separation at

Each year Christmas takes its toll on thousands of relationships. More than any other period this will inevitably lead to many couples requiring specialist divorce services. Indeed, in 2009 it was reported that the...

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