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…

This is a brief guide on the law on surrogacy. It does not cover all aspects of surrogacy law and does not cover the situation if the child is born outside of the UK. Surrogacy is legal within the UK, but parties cannot generally rely on a surrogacy agreement as this is not binding on…

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,…

On 9th April, the Government announced plans to reform current divorce law with the aim of reducing family conflict. Currently when applying for a divorce, only one party can make the application (the Petitioner). In the application, the Petitioner will need to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and rely on one of…

It is always sad to read that anyone is separating or divorcing. The singer and song-writer Adele is now subject to much press attention and speculation, and no doubt many will focus on her considerable wealth and the potential claims that her husband might have. Whatever the actual wealth of Adele, it appears that there…

Barrett and Co can offer you advice on how to reduce your inheritance tax bill…please get in touch As the end of the tax year draws to a close we take this opportunity to remind you of annual gift exemptions that you may want to quickly take advantage of, or plan for the new financial…

What is Parental Responsibility? Parental Responsibility (PR) is defined in s.3(1)(a) Children Act 1989 as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law.” By its very definition PR is a wide concept and it is not realistically possible…

The Best Family Solicitor in Reading is a great accolade being given to Paul Wild by independent review website Three Best Rated. 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.   There are many areas where Paul…

I am reminded by a recent article in ‘The Review’ (a Resolution publication) that it has now been nearly 18 months since it has been necessary to use standardised Divorce Petitions. All potential Petitioners must use these forms – there is a paper format, or it is also possible to deal with these online. However,…

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