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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Published: 12 January 2015
A new survey, conducted by OnePlusOne - a support charity focused on strengthening relationships - has revealed that 1 in 4 parents living with their partner and children in Britain have quietly considered separating or even divorcing their partners.
Published: 5 January 2015
Family law firms across the country, including K J Smith Solicitors are expecting a surge in divorce enquiries throughout January - and for many firms, January can represent the busiest month of the year.
Published: 23 December 2014
New figures released by the Ministry of Justice highlights that the number of cases in the family courts where both parties have legal representation has almost halved since the removal of legal aid from family law cases.
Published: 16 December 2014
The Cohabitation Rights Bill is gathering pace and is now at the Committee Stage, following its second reading in the House of Lords.