Written by Anna Baptist - Senior Partner and Head of Family Law at Longmores Solicitors
If you are struggling to come to terms with an acrimonious marriage breakdown, the prospect of going to court to reach a financial settlement will probably be daunting and depressing in equal measure.
Worse still, recent cuts in legal aid for family law cases and funding of the courts service have made the process much slower than before, effectively forcing…
Added by Charlotte Quantick on November 26, 2013 — Defero Law
It has been reported in The Times that not only are more and more grown-up children returning to the family home, now they are bringing their partners with them.
The “multi-family” is apparently the fastest-growing household, in which offspring move back into the family home and bring their partner.
Student debts, the increase in property prices and the difficulty in securing employment and a mortgage are all reported to contribute to the new “boomerang plus one”…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on November 19, 2013 — Defero Law
Lauren Silverman, Simon Cowell’s pregnant girlfriend, has reached a divorce settlement with her husband Andrew.
Whilst the full terms of the settlement are unknown; it’s reported that one condition included in the agreement is that the X Factor Producer cannot go near Lauren’s son until January 2015. If he does Lauren will reportedly be fined $50,000.
Andrew Silverman is reportedly devastated that his relationship with his wife has ended and even more devastated that Lauren is…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on November 18, 2013 — Defero Law
For a variety of reasons you may not want to take the step of getting Divorced when you separate from your spouse. You may however want to formalise any agreements you reach in relation to the Children and property.
If you are able to reach a voluntary agreement then this can be incorporated into a deed of separation, also called a Separation Agreement. The advantage of doing so is that it can help to keep the separation as amicable as possible.
In a recent reported case known…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on November 15, 2013 — Defero Law
It has been reported in The Times that it is more likely to be your friends that will influence you in deciding whether your marriage has irretrievably broken down, than you making the decision to go down the Divorce route yourself.
New research has apparently shown that close friends have the biggest impact on decisions to Break Up or Divorce and that men are particularly prone to this “ripple effect”. The research shows that men are disproportionately more influenced by their…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on November 15, 2013 — Defero Law
Throughout November Slater & Gordon Lawyers are offering a free initial Family Mediation appointment.
Family Mediation is an alternative to court proceedings for couples who are Separating. It can help you sort out assets, finances and care arrangements for your children without the cost, stress and delay of going to court. Throughout the process you’ll be working with an independent third…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on November 8, 2013 — Defero Law
And so the saga of the Divorce between Scot and Michelle Young continues. The Daily Express today reports on developments in court before Mr Justice Moor from evidence given by a paparazzi photographer in which, it is alleged, Mr Young made an offer of £27 million to his wife to settle her financial claims.
Mr Young is alleged to have described his estranged wife as a “greedy cow” when she refused the offer.
Regular watchers of…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on November 7, 2013 — Defero Law
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on October 18, 2013 — Defero Law
Although for some the time away helps to rekindle lost romance, as many discover these 'save-cations' are not always enough to save a relationship in trouble. When the plane touches down, normal life and its stresses…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on October 16, 2013 — Defero Law
Few people associate Family Law proceedings with prison sentences, but it is important to remember that Family Law courts take compliance with orders seriously, and can and do impose custodial sentences in cases of persistent or serious breach.
There has, for many years, been a concern that some Family orders lack “teeth” in the event of non-compliance, but in recent years, Family courts have demonstrated an increasing willingness to send people to prison if they fail to comply with…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on October 14, 2013 — Defero Law
According to recent reports The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson has indicated that re-marriage may be on the horizon for her and Prince Andrew.
They have been the subject of much talk in the press since their Divorce was finalised in 1996. It has been reported that the royal couple maintained good relations following their separation for the sake of their daughters Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.
Considering a second marriage…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on October 2, 2013 — Defero Law
According to reports, Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone has made a “super-fast” start in her marriage to former City trader Jay Rutland by announcing she is pregnant with their first child, just weeks after their honeymoon.
The parties met nine months ago and married in June during a £3.5 million four-day party on the French Riviera. Tamara is now reported to be 14 weeks pregnant.
Jay, 32, has reportedly told Hello!…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on September 23, 2013 — Defero Law
People may well have seen reports this week of a case in the Court of Appeal dealing with a Mother’s refusal to allow contact between her son and his father.
The reasons were in case the Father fed him meat in breach of his strict vegetarian diet, safety concerns, such as whether the child was made to wear a seatbelt when travelling, and concerns that he referred to the 5 year old boy by a nickname rather than his given name.
It may surprise some people that such matters could…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on September 17, 2013 — Defero Law
According to recent reports, professional footballer Gareth Bale has postponed his wedding day as fiancé Emma Rhys-Jones’ dad is held in jail over suspicion of £3 million global fraud.
Allegedly, the 48 year old is on remand in a US cell facing 40 charges of fraud and money laundering, forcing the couple to delay their wedding day in the hope that he is released from jail. With uncertainties such as this looming on the horizon for the couple, it may emphasise the need for a…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on September 16, 2013 — Defero Law
The Daily Mail today reports on a survey undertaken by Stepdadding.com, which suggests that men who take on the role of step-father are twice as likely to Divorce than a man living with his biological children. According to the report, difficulties arising from and associated with the role of step-dad are…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on August 13, 2013 — Defero Law
It has been reported that there has been a significant increase in the number of over-sixties divorcing their partners after years of marriage. “Silver Splitter” divorces are rising at a time when the overall number of marriage failures is in decline. Unlike other age groups where women are more likely to petition for divorce, among the over-sixties, it is men who are reportedly as likely to want to dissolve a marriage.
According to reports, longer life expectancy is encouraging men…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on August 12, 2013 — Defero Law
The Mail Online features an interesting article by Helen Sampson which analyses her differing reactions to her husband’s affair over a number of years, before then explaining how, when they eventually did Separate, she dealt with it.
As many people know, an…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on August 6, 2013 — Defero Law
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are still celebrating the birth of their recent daughter, North, who entered the world on June 15th.
It’s important that parents know their rights and responsibilities when Children are born outside of marriage. In this country, mothers automatically have parental responsibility from the moment of the child’s birth. An unmarried father will automatically have…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on July 26, 2013 — Defero Law
It has been reported in a number of newspapers that the wife of a wealthy husband has been refused the renewal of a freezing order which was put into place against her husband’s estimated £20 million worth of assets as part of Divorce proceedings.
This included preventing him from selling their villa in Spain worth an estimated £10 million. It appears that the original order was made on the basis that the wife alleged that her husband…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on June 27, 2013 — Defero Law
I’ve been asked that numerous times by members of the public recently. Financial worries and the current economic climate certainly put a strain on modern day marriage and financial difficulties are often cited as one of the reasons for a divorce petition based on unreasonable behaviour.Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on June 25, 2013 — Defero Law