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An update from Louise Pearce, Family Law Solicitor at our Bookham office Just this weekend the Justice Secretary has confirmed plans to reduce conflict in divorce proceedings. To bring a divorce in England and Wales spouses or civil partners have to show that the marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. This is evidenced […]
On 25 July, divorce solicitors across the country eagerly awaited the Supreme Court’s ruling on Owens v Owens. The case hinged on Mrs Owens’ desire for a divorce from her husband of 40 years – a marriage that, she said, was loveless and had broken down irretrievably. Citing unreasonable behaviour as her grounds for divorce […]
Many family lawyers have been calling for the law relating to divorce to be updated to allow for no fault divorce so as to avoid causing further conflict and acrimony between divorcing couples. At present, you can only divorce if you can establish one of five facts – three of which are dependent upon you […]
By Joe Reeves, Property Solicitor at Wellers Law Group, London Since the Grenfell tower disaster in June 2017, the issue of fire safety in residential leasehold accommodation has been high on the political agenda. The tragedy has brought to the fore the issue of who should pay for the costs associated with fire safety in […]
A number of my gay and lesbian friends have either celebrated or will be celebrating their 10-year civil partnership anniversary and this led me to reflect on the law in relation to civil partnerships and same sex marriages in the United Kingdom. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was ground-breaking legislation which came into force in […]
Although fewer people are getting divorced in England and Wales every year, the average age of those splitting up has hit an all-time high.
Over half of UK citizens still believe in one of the biggest urban myths, that of the ‘common law marriage’
On Monday morning, before leaving for work, I turned on my TV to listen to the news and I ended up fixated by the story of two former wives who have made applications to the Supreme Court to have their finance cases re-opened because they provide that their former spouses misled the Court about their […]