Children in Mediation (referred to as CIM) enables separated parents to focus on and give a voice to their children. This form of mediation should be child centred to promote both the safeguarding and welfare of every child.  It can enable that child to have a voice. For parents, this form of mediation enables their…

A recent case from the High Court demonstrates the problems which unmarried couples may face regarding the ownership of property. We highlight these problems in this article and offer some useful guidance. The summary The case of Dobson v Griffey [2018] EWHC 1117 (Ch) centred upon an unmarried couple called Mr Griffey and Ms Dobson….

In an article published in our August newsletter, I referred to the recent decision of Owens v Owens and how this case highlighted the need for matrimonial and divorce reform. I also referred to the difficulties in starting a process where one party has to divorce the other, often having to use the fact of…

In the Private Client department our clients often ask us whether putting their home into the names of their adult children would be a good idea. This is usually due to concerns about costs of care as they become elderly and the idea that their home might be “taken” by the government for Inheritance Tax…

The above noted expression is often used where there is ongoing spousal maintenance (or periodical payments) made to an ex-spouse on a joint lives basis (where payments continue indefinitely until say for example, the ex-spouse being paid the maintenance, re-marries). In the case of Mr and Mrs Mills, after a 15 year marriage, the parties…

In the case brought by Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, the Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal by Steinfeld and Keidan. The Court found that there was inequality between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples. The details of the case Steinfeld and Keidan are a heterosexual couple in a stable long-term relationship with genuine and deeply…

The recent case of Owens v Owens from 2017 has brought defended divorces in to the news recently. The Owens case is presently being appealed at the Supreme Court because Mr Owens has, thus far, successfully been able to argue that his wife should not be entitled to divorce him. The Nuffield Foundation has recently…

An interesting point of divorce law has been examined in the highest Court in the country, having travelled up through the court network. The judgement is eagerly anticipated. The case, called Owens v Owens, could dramatically change divorce law if the previous decision of the courts is overruled. The background The case involves a husband…

Planning Officials, like most people, sometimes make mistakes and one of the roles of the law is to correct them. However, sometimes these mistakes can have unanticipated consequences. A good example of this was a recent High Court case which quashed planning permission for three marquees in the grounds of a country estate. Unfortunately, the…

The Family Court of England and Wales is not bound by a pre-nuptial agreement when deciding how marital assets should be divided in financial proceedings. A pre-nuptial agreement is a legal agreement made between two individuals before their marriage has taken place. The agreement usually sets out how the couple wish their assets to be…

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