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Judge urges divorcing couple to end 'awful' legal battle and reach a settlement

Published: 22 May 2015

A former beauty queen has been urged to reach an agreement in a recent divorce settlement after running up legal bills of more than £1,000,000. Mrs Fields – formerly known as Ekaterina Parfenova, has reportedly asked for a lump sum of £2.6 million and £500,000 per year after that.

Divorcees urged to protect pension benefits following pension reform

Published: 11 May 2015

Divorcees who have previously set up pension earmarking orders have been urged to protect their pension benefits, due to unintended consequences that have been brought about by pension reforms.

Varying a Foreign Maintenance Order Post the Maintenance Regulation

Published: 8 May 2015

James Roberts, barrister of 1 King’s Bench Walk, and Catherine Silwal , Senior Solicitor with KJ Smith Solicitors, analyse the law relating to variation of foreign maintenance orders and the effect of the EU Maintenance Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009).

New research reveals the strain social media is putting on relationships

Published: 6 May 2015

The majority of us will have used at least one of these different platforms in recent years as a way of interacting with friends and family, but a new survey has revealed the true impact social media can have on relationships and divorce.

Ex-Banker turned Bishop found guilty of hiding funds overseas

Published: 29 April 2015

An ex-banker turned bishop has been the subject of criticism recently, as he was found to have been hiding a large wealth of money in offshore accounts. The bishop failed to disclose the resources, which have now been discovered by a judge who had been analysing his divorce settlements in the family court.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service Reveal Upcoming Changes to the Divorce Process

Published: 22 April 2015

The HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) have revealed their plans to change the way divorce is handled in the family courts in England and Wales.

Divorce laws should remove the need for blame, says top female judge

Published: 15 April 2015

Senior Judge Baroness Hale of Richmond has spoken out against current divorce law and has called for 'no fault' divorces to remove the need for one party to take the blame in order for a divorce to be granted.

Don't sign post-nuptial agreements, warns millionaires former wife

Published: 8 April 2015

In a follow up to last week's blog about Caroline Hopkins - the wife of a property tycoon who lost a £2 million court battle due to signing a post-nuptial agreement - Mrs Hopkins has hit back and has warned wives in a similar position not to sign a post-nuptial agreement.

Post-nuptial Agreement causes wife to lose £2 million court battle

Published: 3 April 2015

A post-nuptial agreement is a written contract that is executed after a couple get married or enter into a civil partnership and is used to agree on the division of assets and finances between both parties, should they separate in the future. Recently, this has become the subject of controversy in a case involving William & Caroline Hopkins from Somerset.

Can capital gains tax effect your decision of when to separate?

Published: 1 April 2015

When a marriage or civil partnership is on the verge of a breakdown it can be a very stressful time for all parties involved. With so many aspects to consider, such as the division of assets, future housing and employment and issues surrounding the children, the last thing on your mind will be the tax implications of your separation.

Resolution call for law reform following landmark divorce case

Published: 24 March 2015

National family law organisation Resolution have called for reforms to financial provisions in divorce following the Supreme Courts' decision on a landmark court case.

The Law Commission seeks opinions on family financial orders through open consultation

Published: 17 March 2015

The Law Commission have opened up a consultation from 11th March - 11th July 2015 as they seek opinions on how to reform the enforcement of family financial orders.

Government announce tougher checks to tackle sham marriages

Published: 10 March 2015

The government have launched The Marriages and Civil Partnerships Regulations 2015 with the aim of giving the Home Office more power to investigate non-UK nationals planning to get married in the UK.

New research reveals domestic violence victims suffer for three years before getting help

Published: 3 March 2015

A recent study, conducted by domestic abuse charity SafeLives reveals that those who have suffered at the hands of violent partners are abused for about 3 years before finally seeking help, with some victims experiencing up to 50 incidents during that period.

Resolution family law manifesto calling for changes to divorce law set to launch today

Published: 23 February 2015

Family law organisation Resolution will today launch their family law manifesto which will call for drastic changes to divorce and separation laws in England and Wales.

New figures reveal over 2 million domestic abuse incidents last year

Published: 17 February 2015

The Office for National Statistics have published new figures which show that over 2 million domestic abuse incidents occurred last year.

The cost of Court of Protection cases is a serious concern that requires urgent investigation, new research reveals

Published: 11 February 2015

A new report by a team of Cardiff University researches has revealed that Court of Protection welfare cases and their rising costs are a 'matter of serious concern' for the finances of local authorities and that they require 'urgent investigation'.

Cohabitation is the quickest growing type of family in the UK

Published: 9 February 2015

Recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that cohabitation is the quickest growing type of family in the UK.

More than a third of children in care with siblings live apart from them

Published: 28 January 2015

National charity The Family Rights Group (FRG) have completed a recent survey which highlights that 37% of siblings in care live apart from each other  and that 49% of groups of siblings in care have been separated.

More Child Contact Centres Close Due to Legal Aid Cuts

Published: 21 January 2015

The National Association for Child Contact Centres (NACCC) in England and Wales have revealed that Child Contact Centres are closing at an alarming rate - with 40 closures in the past 18 months - due to cuts to legal aid.

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