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Divorce and Separation
If you are faced with divorce or separation it can be a challenging time in your life, leaving you confused or worried about what the future holds.
Our Family team has a wealth of experience in advising clients and dealing with matters in a way that is sensitive and pragmatic.
We understand that when it comes to property, finances and continued care for your children you need to work with a team you can trust – one that puts your interests to the fore.
Our clients rely on us to deal with matters through skillful and tenacious negotiation.
Where matters are contentious we always conduct litigation in a robust and highly focused manner, doing everything we can to fully achieve our clients’ objectives and protect their interests.
For a confidential, no-obligation call-back from one of our divorce lawyers, please email your contact details and a brief summary.
Financial remedy: Maintenance Pending Suit – interim maintenance: Rattan v Kuwad  EWCA Civ 1
Background: Section 22 of the MCA 1973 gives the Court power to make an Order for maintenance during the course of the proceedings. It provides: “(1) On a petition for… Read more →
No fault divorce: Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020: Royal Assent received on 25 June 2020
Up until recently, the Law in England and Wales for a divorce only allowed “no fault” to be attributed to either party after a minimum period of two years since separation… Read more →
Domestic abuse : the Office for National Statistics – year ending March 2019 blog
On 25 November 2019, the Office for National Statistics (which is an independent producer of official statistics) published its report in relation to the prevalence of domestic abuse and trends… Read more →
Domestic abuse and coronavirus 28th April 2020
Unfortunately, domestic abuse can often, due to the very nature of it, be under-reported. It is also often sadly true that at certain times – such as at that of… Read more →
Domestic abuse – Coronavirus – Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21 : Second Reading in the House of Commons on 28 April 2020
The intention of the Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21 was said to be to: – make provision in relation to domestic abuse; – make provision for and in connection with the… Read more →
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: First reading in the House of Lords on 15 October 2019
Previously, (http://wedlakebell.com/divorce-dissolution-and-separation-bill-second-reading-at-the-house-of-commons-on-25-june-2019/) I explained that currently, the Law in England and Wales for a divorce only allows “no fault” to be attributed to either party after a minimum period of… Read more →
The Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents’ Income) Bill 2017-19
The Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents’ Income) Bill 2017-19 had its first reading in the House of Commons on 28 November 2017. It is a private member’s Bill with its… Read more →
Forthcoming pilots to potentially change the way the Court system works
Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Services (HMCTS) have recently published how they propose that the Courts (in England and Wales) should work differently moving forwards. In order to test the… Read more →
Naming the third party in an adultery application for divorce
The Family Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2017 – naming the co-respondent in the application for a divorce Previously I wrote about the Family Procedure (Amendment No.2) Rules 2017 that… Read more →
Mills v Mills – permission to appeal to the Supreme Court granted
On 8 August 2017, the husband in the case of Mills v Mills was granted permission to appeal on the ground of “whether, provision having already been made for the… Read more →
The case of R an B and Capita Trustee Services Ltd and Hawksford Trustees Jersey Ltd and X and Y – Bad conduct and financial settlement upon divorce
A Judgment that was published at the end of June this year, dealt with the issue of what impact bad behaviour (conduct) could have upon a financial settlement upon divorce.… Read more →
Hart v Hart – the Court of Appeal decision – divorce and pre-acquired assets
The Court of Appeal has recently dismissed a wife’s appeal in relation to the settlement that she was awarded upon divorce. By way of background, the husband and wife, Mr… Read more →
The case of Owens v Owens – permission to appeal the decision against the dismissal of her divorce petition
Earlier this year, in the case of Owens v Owens, the wife appealed against the dismissal of her divorce petition, after her husband, unusually, defended the divorce. The wife’s divorce petition was based… Read more →
The case of Green v Adams – update – further judgment released on 4 August 2017
I previously wrote about the case of Green v Adams, which concerned a financial claim by a mother, against the father, for financial provision for their son. Part of the… Read more →