On 3rd September 2020, the Law Commission launched a consultation on proposals to modernise and improve the law governing weddings. This consultation will run until 3rd December 2020.  The current position Currently, the law on weddings dates back to the Marriage Act 1836 which regulates how couples can legally get married. Under this law it…

The UK government announced lockdown on 23 March 2020, which saw an immediate ban on all social gatherings, including weddings. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) have said that they would expect a consumer to be offered a full refund if government public health measures mean they cannot use the services of a venue.  However,…

In a recent Supreme Court Judgement, the Court found that an aristocratic couple who had commenced divorce proceedings in Scotland could continue the wife’s claim for the matrimonial finances to be considered in England. Does this lead the way to divorce tourism? The facts of the case Charles Villiers and his wife Emma Villiers were…

For many separated or divorcing families, this summer period may be the first school holidays where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, do…

What is an FDR? An FDR (Financial Dispute Resolution) Hearing is one of the stages of a matrimonial financial remedy application. Most commonly these occur during Court proceedings and the Judge will offer his or her evaluation of the likely outcome of the application. It therefore acts as a good indication of what may be…

Covid-19 has brought many difficulties this year. For separated parents there may have been disagreements with current child arrangements. On 24th April 2020, Cafcass launched their co-parent hub to try to provide parents with online tools to co-parent effectively during lockdown and the ongoing future.    How does it work? Parents who wish to use…

Covid-19 has brought with it a lot of firsts for me, with the biggest one to date being remote hearings. Having read the guidance on remote hearings, I have to admit that I was anxious about handling a remote hearing given that we would be completely reliant on technology. I can now say that I…

Given the uncertain times ahead, I thought I would discuss a topic that is particularly close to me at the given that I am (hopefully) a 2020 bride. With the recent lockdown implemented by the government, wedding services have been postponed. This means that any bride looking to get married within the period of this…

As a society we are being asked to distance ourselves from others for fear of spreading the coronavirus or infecting a person who is deemed to be a higher risk. Practically, how will this work if you have a hearing to attend?   If you have previously attended Court, you will know that there tends to…

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…

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