It is reported that following consultations in the Spring of 2021, and despite the majority of respondents opposing court fee increase, the government is set to increase some court fees for the first time since 2016. As a result, later this year the cost of divorce application in England and Wales … [Read more...] about Divorce fee to increase in England and Wales
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which passed into law on 25 June 2020, brings "no fault" divorce to England and Wales for the first time. We now know that it will come into force on 6 April 2022, so what does it mean if you are contemplating divorce now? Current divorce law – … [Read more...] about What are the new changes for Divorce Law coming into force in 2022?
Don’t go “Russian” to hide your assets You may have seen recent headlines about the world’s largest divorce case taking place in London, where the son of a Russian Billionaire oligarch found himself on the wrong end of a Judge’s order requiring him to pay a huge sum of money to his mother because … [Read more...] about Why disclosing your assets before the divorce is the wise approach
During the COVID pandemic there has been a lot of focus on effects of lockdown and restrictions upon mental health but it seems clear that relationships have also felt the strain. Couples who had been managing to get along in normal times have struggled to cope with extended periods of confinement … [Read more...] about Couples feeling the strain?
Most popular day for marriages sees local Solicitor campaign to raise awareness of the common-law marriage myth Saturday 18 August has been reported as the most common day in 2018 to tie the knot in the UK. However, since the early 1970s, the number of people actually getting married has … [Read more...] about The most popular day for marriage
Family law group, Resolution, is calling for a cross-party consensus on divorce law, and urging politicians to end the blame game and let couples officially part on amicable terms. In a letter to all the UK’s major political parties in the run-up to next month’s general election, Nigel Shepherd, … [Read more...] about Resolution urges politicians to end the blame-game and commit to no-fault divorce in election manifestoes
The Court of Appeal’s refusal to overturn the Central Family Court’s decision not to grant a wife a divorce on the grounds of ‘unhappiness’ has prompted widespread calls for the UK’s outdated divorce laws to be reformed. … [Read more...] about Court of Appeal ruling prompts widespread calls for divorce law reform
As it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d take a look at pre-nuptial agreements. I know, I know, last of the romantics ! Whilst it is not the most romantic of topics depending upon your circumstances, it may actually be very sensible to have an agreement in place prior to marriage. Most … [Read more...] about Pre-Nuptial Agreement – The Death of Romance or a Sensible Move?
We all know how important it is to make a Will, don’t we? After all, it’s the only way to ensure that what you leave behind goes to those you want. Making a Will also ensures that there is also no added stress for loved ones in what are already difficult times post-bereavement. Yet it seems that the … [Read more...] about Intestacy queries have increased dramatically over the last 5 years claims Age Concern
When can you challenge a Will? When do you, in the court’s opinion, have a valid to bring a case and challenge the express wishes of the bereaved? That was the question put before the courts in the recent case of Randall v Randall. The answer, according to the Court of Appeal’s latest decision, is … [Read more...] about Court of Appeal rules that a divorced partner can challenge his former mother-in- law’s Will
If you are considering getting a divorce, then unfortunately we have some bad news for you. As of Monday, 21st March 2016, getting a divorce just became more expensive. Last summer, the Ministry of Justice consulted on a round of court fee rises, including a proposed 34% rise in divorce fees from … [Read more...] about MoJ introduces 34 per cent divorce fee increase with less than a week’s notice.
When a loved one dies in an accident, fatal accident compensation can only be claimed in certain prescribed circumstances. Under the Fatal Accidents Act, 1976, only 3 groups of people are entitled to make a fatal accident compensation claim following the death of an individual in a UK accident: … [Read more...] about Dependency claims: what rights to fatal accident compensation do co-habitees have when their partner dies?