Category: Family Law

Who Gets Custody of Child in a Divorce?

Who Gets Custody of Child in a Divorce?

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when determining who will get custody of a child in a divorce. The biggest factor will be what is best for the child. How...

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

When there have been instances of domestic violence, this further complicates the issue of child custody between separating parents. It becomes even more challenging to decide on the issue of child custody as the...

How is Child Custody Decided?

How is Child Custody Decided?

Decisions regarding a child’s residence are of primary importance following parental separation. How child custody is decided largely depends on the circumstances of the parents’ separation, and whether agreement can be reached through informal...

Making a Joint Custody Agreement

Making a Joint Custody Agreement

Joint custody, or joint residency as it is referred to in the UK Children’s Act 1989, is a legal decision regarding where the child or children of separated couples will live. Joint custody does...

Common Law Partner: What are your Rights?

Common Law Partner: What are your Rights?

In the UK, the concept of the “common law partner” is a myth in legal terms. An unmarried couple living together do not share the same legal status as a married couple or a...

How Much is Spousal Maintenance?

How Much is Spousal Maintenance?

Spousal maintenance is a regular payment made to an ex spouse after the couple have divorced. This payment is additional to any monetary amount, property or belongings that may have been awarded to you...

Child Arrangements Order Breach: Enforcing Your Rights

Child Arrangements Order Breach: Enforcing Your Rights

A breach of a child arrangements order is where one party has failed to comply with a condition specified in that order. This may be a relatively minor breach, or a culmination of breaches,...

Paternity Test FAQs

Paternity Test FAQs

There are a number of reasons why you may seek a paternity test, from a dispute over child maintenance to securing child contact through the courts. Whether you have decided to get a paternity...

Divorce in England & Wales: What Does the Law Say?

Divorce in England & Wales: What Does the Law Say?

Divorce is the formal process by which a marriage is officially brought to an end by the court. The party to the marriage who files for divorce is known as the petitioner, while the...

How to Make an Application to Vary a Child Arrangement Order

How to Make an Application to Vary a Child Arrangement Order

Making an application to vary a child arrangement order is rarely a straightforward process. While a child arrangement order is most commonly sought by one or both parents following a separation, there may be circumstances...

Grounds for Civil Partnership Dissolution

Grounds for Civil Partnership Dissolution

To apply for a civil partnership dissolution, you must provide the court with relevant legal grounds for the partnership to be brought to an end. Grounds for civil partnership dissolution In England and Wales,...

Civil Partnership Rights

Civil Partnership Rights

A civil partnership is a legally recognised relationship between two people, either same sex or mixed sex. In legal terms, civil partners enjoy the same legal rights and protections as married couples. This extends...

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How to Get a Child Arrangement Order

A child arrangement order is a court order stipulating who has primary care of the child(ren), and the nature of any contact with the non-resident parent or wider family members. It is not uncommon...

What is a Mesher Order?

What is a Mesher Order?

There are many ways the family home can be dealt with as part of divorce proceedings. One such outcome is a Mesher Order, or an order for deferred sale. A Mesher Order is a...

What are the Grounds for Divorce?

What are the Grounds for Divorce?

To apply for divorce, you will have to show there has been an irretrievable break down in your marriage. This is the only ground for divorce under current law in England and Wales and...

Divorce Solicitors (and What I should Expect from Them!)

Divorce Solicitors (and What I should Expect from Them!)

Divorce is not an easy journey for many couples when there are important decisions to be agreed over financial assets and potentially children. So achieving the right outcomes are essential. With the support of...

Guide to the UK Divorce Process

Guide to the UK Divorce Process

On paper the divorce process may appear straightforward, but the reality is often somewhat different. Divorce can be expensive and emotionally draining given what’s at stake; if children are involved, high value assets, and...

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

There can be many contributing factors which can impact how long your divorce will take; if there are children involved, if your spouse is contesting the divorce and what is at stake financially. Some...

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What is Ancillary Relief?

Getting a divorce or dissolving a civil partnership can be an extremely difficult time for all parties involved, not least sorting out the financial aspects of your separation. Any financial arrangements will need to...