Schedule 1

Schedule 1 – Financial remedy’s underused tool

Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 provides a remedy of financial remedy provision for children, frequently underused by couples, as they consider how to settle the family finances after the breakdown of a relationship. Under Schedule 1, the court has powers to make a variety of financial remedy orders for the benefit of children of the family, including periodical payments, property transfer and …

cohabitation

Cohabitation – how much of the property is yours?

Cohabitation is a complex area of law. Often we find that clients have misconceptions about how they own a property with an ex-partner. Many assume that any document which was signed at the point of purchasing the property is largely irrelevant if they have since informally changed the arrangements of ownership e.g. if one person pays the mortgage in its …

The Importance of Decree Nisi in Financial Proceedings

All family practitioners are aware that the court has no power to make an order in financial proceedings without decree nisi being pronounced in the divorce. Where spouses represent themselves without any legal assistance, it is important that they are aware of the court’s parameters and this is highlighted by the recent case of K v K (Financial remedy final order …

Children – acceptable to use recording devices in family proceedings?

The recent case of MvF [2016] has highlighted the court’s ongoing concern at the increased frequency of recording devices being covertly used by parties in family law proceedings regarding children. Advances in technology have enabled individuals to use cheap and readily available surveillance and recording equipment to support their submissions and arguments at court. In this recent case regarding residence and contact …

breach

Breach of Court Order can lead to serious sanctions

Family judges have historically been reluctant to take a robust approach with parties who continually breach court orders. However, following the case of Trott v Trott & Angor [2016] it seems that the family courts have decided to turn a corner on this issue. In this recently reported case, a husband and his new wife admitted to breaching court orders, including selling …

The launch of Hunter & Uro Solicitors

We are proud to announce the launch of Hunter & Uro Solicitors as of 13 May 2016. We specialise in family law and aim to provide the highest possible level of service for clients on all aspects of family matters. Take a look at our About Us page to see more information about the firm, our two partners Philip Hunter …