common

Common law marriage myth continues

46%of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a “common law marriage”. The British Social Attitudes Survey – carried out by The National Centre for Social Research – reveal that 46% of the population are under the wrong impression that cohabiting couples form a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as …

domestic

Domestic abuse law overhaul

Perpetrators of domestic abuse will no longer be able to cross-examine their former partners in the family courts under a comprehensive set of new legal reforms tabled by the government, designed to tackle the issue. The new set of measures will also create a legal definition of domestic abuse, which will include economic abuse and controlling behaviour. The bill to …

Amazon

Amazon billionaire leading the way on divorce

It is customary for the mainstream media to leap on the crass label of the first week of January as “divorce week”, highlighting the increase in parties separating after what has often been a difficult and traumatic festive period. Financial worries, childcare pressure and increased time together can frequent cause enough pressure to see some relationships reach that tipping point …

divorce

Divorce petition instead of pigs in blankets?

The festive period is inevitably a difficult time for any separated family, particularly those still going through the legal and administrative steps of divorce and separation. Much is made in the mainstream media of “divorce week”, that week at the start of the new year, where separating parties grab the proverbial bull by the horns and elect to initiate divorce …

grandparents

Improved rights for grandparents on the horizon

Grandparents estranged from their grandchildren following the separation of the parents have warmly welcomed the suggestion from Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer QC, that their standing in law will be reconsidered, with a view to providing them improved rights and protections to see their grandchildren. Whitehall has agreed to review the law surrounding contact between grandparents and the children of separating …