The Marriage Story is a film about a couple and their marriage break up. It is available on Netflix and has been nominated for Golden Globes and Academy Awards. It is based around a couple, Charlie (played by Adam Driver) and Nicole (played by Scarlett Johansson) who decide that their marriage is no longer working…

Since 2018, Litigants in Person (people who do not have legal representation) and 100 law firms have been able to complete their divorce applications online. This was part of a pilot scheme that was launched. HMCTS has now extended the pilot scheme so that all legal practitioners are now able to complete the divorce process…

Independent review website Three Best Rated has once again rated Paul as one of the top three family solicitors in Reading. Paul has been a Partner for many years at Barrett and Co Solicitors LLP and has been advising on family disputes and divorce as his speciality. Family law is a wide-ranging term for the…

For many separated or divorcing families, Christmas can be a difficult time because you are constantly being reminded of spending time not only with your immediate family, but also your wider family. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, try to…

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of cohabiting couple families is growing faster than married couples and has increased by 25% over the past decade; making them the second largest family type (the largest being married couple families). It has also been established that one in five cohabiting couples…

For many separated or divorcing families, the summer period may be the first school holiday where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, do try to keep all arrangements for seeing the…

As part of any divorce, and when advising clients, we will always look at whether the particular circumstances of that case would enable them to agree a clean break. A “clean break” is in effect where, as part of their settlement, there are no ongoing financial obligations between the parties, which will therefore be linked…

When parties are divorcing, there are presently three stages of the divorce process: the issue of the petition; the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute. A marriage is not dissolved until Decree Absolute has been pronounced. The earliest this can occur is 6 weeks and 1 day after the date of pronouncement of Decree Nisi. Often,…

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