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”

IS SAME-SEX INFIDELITY THE SAME AS ADULTERY?

The short answer to this question is no. Sheryl Perry of Sheryl Perry Solicitors explains, why when it comes to divorce, this isn’t as cut and dried as it seems. For most married ‘husband and wife’ couples the term ‘adultery’ means that one person has cheated or been cheated on by their spouse and thisContinue reading “IS SAME-SEX INFIDELITY THE SAME AS ADULTERY?”