Securing fair spousal maintenance support after divorce in the UK

What you need to know about spousal maintenance and why a ‘meal ticket for life’ is something we can no longer expect What is spousal maintenance? The sum fixed for the spousal maintenance payments can be varied at a later date if circumstances have changed and this can only be done through a court order.Continue reading Securing fair spousal maintenance support after divorce in the UK

The complexities of splitting foreign asset finances in a divorce

Why trying to hide your assets is never a good idea In 2021, Tatiana Akhmedova defeated her son and her ex-husband in The England and Wales Family Court (EWFC) in an asset recovery claim. The court ruled that her eldest son had been involved in helping her former husband, Farkhad Akhmedov, hide his assets toContinue reading “The complexities of splitting foreign asset finances in a divorce”

Should I make a Will if I get divorced and what happens if I don’t?

If you’ve recently divorced or dissolved your civil partnership, updating your Will should be your top priority – unless of course, you want your ex to inherit? Many people simply assume that by getting divorced any Will made whilst still married automatically becomes invalid. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case and not making a new WillContinue reading “Should I make a Will if I get divorced and what happens if I don’t?”

How parental responsibility is NOT an automatic right for the father/civil parent

Whilst a biological mother is automatically granted parental responsibility, that is not the case for the father or civil parent. In this blog we explain all you need to know about parental responsibility and what you need to do to get it.  Mum + Dad/civil parent = child = equal parental responsibility, yes? No. Unfortunately,Continue reading “How parental responsibility is NOT an automatic right for the father/civil parent”

Father jailed and fined for contempt of court, following publication of Children Act proceedings on social media

For the majority of us sharing personal information on social media is now part of everyday life, but there are boundaries that should never be crossed, especially in a court of law. In a recent case M A-G v Hartley (contempt) [2021] EWHC 2473 (FAM), the repercussions of his online actions were considerable for MrContinue reading “Father jailed and fined for contempt of court, following publication of Children Act proceedings on social media”

Can I take my child on holiday and can the ‘absent’ father legally do the same?

As we approach summer, we explore this common scenario in a little more detail and hope to offer some clarity. Going on holiday should be a fun and exciting time – not just for children but for the grown ups too! After all, we work hard and need a break to recharge our batteries, especiallyContinue reading “Can I take my child on holiday and can the ‘absent’ father legally do the same?”

New ruling on coercive control in children act cases

Hope for many caught in a painful and often secretive form of domestic abuse that can be hard to evidence. Coercive control is a term that appears all too frequently in children act cases and as a family lawyer, I am particularly happy to welcome the new judgment of Justice Hayden in the case ofContinue reading “New ruling on coercive control in children act cases”

Autumn 2021 sees the introduction of the new ‘No-fault Divorce’

After years of campaigning this divorce reform is, at long last, on its way for married couples in England and Wales. It is generally accepted that no-fault divorces better reflect today’s modern relationships. Back in June 2020 The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill gained Royal assent putting an end to the many years of campaigning that haveContinue reading “Autumn 2021 sees the introduction of the new ‘No-fault Divorce’”

I’m thinking of buying a property, but should I invest in a Declaration of Trust?

Yes. By setting up a Declaration of Trust at the outset of any joint ownership benefits everyone involved and provides clarity on each parties’ intentions which can avoid any financial disputes in the future. Buying a property is one of the biggest financial commitments we will make in our lifetime and it is something thatContinue reading “I’m thinking of buying a property, but should I invest in a Declaration of Trust?”

Protecting your assets before marriage; the power of the prenup

Encouragingly, perceptions around prenuptial agreements are changing for the better and they are a good idea if you have assets that you need to protect before you get married.  After all, you take out an endless list of insurances including car, home, life, medical, holiday, appliance and pet insurance…so why not take out marriage insurance? Continue reading “Protecting your assets before marriage; the power of the prenup”