Family law blogs & family blawgs

Guest family law blogs and divorce blawgs from family lawyers, solicitors and legal professionals.

Top 8 Reasons for Divorce in the UK

by Vincents Solicitors March 22, 2016 Divorce

Deciding to divorce your partner is never an easy decision to make; and a lot of people do not realise that a lot of reasons they want to divorce their partner are not classified as ‘Grounds for Divorce’ in England and Wales, but what are the most popular reasons people cite when they first decide […]

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Happy ‘Divorce Day’ or is it? (Re First Working Day in January)

by Linzi Perriman January 9, 2016 Divorce

“Divorce Day” is a term commonly banded about by the media which refers to the first working day of the New Year when family lawyers receive the highest number of new enquiries. It is often reported that January is the month when most couples decide to divorce, commonly due to the stresses and strains that […]

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Bannatyne Divorce: honesty is the best policy

by Legal Author December 23, 2015 Divorce

Despite attempts to conceal the news, it has come to light that former Dragon’s Den star, Duncan Bannatyne, misled the Family Court by giving false evidence during his second divorce in 2012. The I’m a Celebrity star thought to be worth £187m made false declarations over the value of a severance package drawn up for […]

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Divorce in slight decline as more people cohabit

by Linzi Perriman December 23, 2015 Cohabitation

At the end of November the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released annual statistics on divorces that took place in England and Wales in 2013. They found that divorce rates dropped 2.9% in 2013 where 114,720 divorces were granted compared to 118,140 in 2012. These statistics follow a general decline in the number of divorces […]

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Form E Financial blunder – Divorce legal practice update

by Linzi Perriman December 23, 2015 Divorce

Form E Financial blunder On Friday it was announced that Nicola Matheson-Durrant, a McKenzie Friend with the Family Law Clinic based in Berkshire, spotted a software glitch on Tuesday with the Ministry of Justice Financial Statement, known as Form E. Matheson-Durrant reported the fault to the Ministry of Justice who have now corrected the software. […]

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Family Law Dispute Resolution Week 2015 – Good Practice Principles for Amicable Resolution

by Emma Flood Curated Media November 25, 2015 Family Law

Resolution, formerly known as The Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), is holding the fourth Family Dispute Resolution Week from 23-27 November this year. The aim behind this week is to raise awareness of alternatives to going to court for separating couples and families, and to provide advice and support for families facing this situation. This […]

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A Practical Guide to Cohabitation Agreements

by Muna Saleem November 19, 2015 Cohabitation

The Marriage Foundation recently conducted research that indicates almost 52% of teens and 20-year-olds in the UK do not intend to marry. 2011 census figures identify more than 6.5 million people currently living in cohabiting relationships, and with only a quarter of couples who move in together seeing it as an active step towards marriage, […]

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Is matrimonial revenge a dish best served cold?

by Linzi Perriman October 9, 2015 Divorce

Wednesday night saw more than eight million of us tuning in to the climactic ending of Mike Barlett’s five-part domestic drama ‘Doctor Foster’. My last blog – Following Doctor’s Order – focused on episode 3 of the gripping drama, for those that missed it, episode 4 saw Gemma’s professional career called into question, police involvement over […]

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Transfer on Death Deed Under the Texas Real Property Transfer on Death Act.

by Friscowill August 19, 2015 Estate Planning

The Texas Real Property Transfer on Death Act, found under Chapter 114 of the Texas Estate Code, provides that after September 1st, 2015 the State of Texas will recognize a deed which transfers property upon the death of an individual. This opens new possibilities to Estate Planning which allows an individual to create a deed […]

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Divorce Stats – Did you know 66% of divorces in England & Wales were on the petition of the wife?

by Kirwans July 20, 2015 Family Law

Kirwans Solicitors have published a new infographic outlining divorce stats over the past few years. Among those mention include:- 66% of divorces in England & Wales were on the petition of the wife? Almost 25% of families in the UK are lone parent families. Click here to view the full divorce stats infographic.

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Fraud, Floodgates and First Wives Club – Will the Supreme Court Set Aside the Sharland Divorce Order?

by Emma Flood Curated Media June 15, 2015 Divorce

Divorcee Alison Sharland received £10m from her ex-husband Charles when they divorced under the belief that this was half his fortune. However, she later ascertained that his Manchester software company was worth many, many more millions. Mrs Sharland argues that she should have received significantly more as part of her settlement and opened her case […]

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Rights of Women Charity loses Challenge to Civil Legal Aid Legislation for Domestic Violence Victims

by Muna Saleem February 18, 2015 Domestic Violence

Whilst many regulatory and legal semantics have little impact on the population, a recent legal case may be of interest to the everyday civilian. On the 22 nd January, The Public Law Project, on behalf of Rights for Women, a legal advocacy group, attempted to remove specific pieces of legislation that were brought in to regulate […]

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Will writing made not-so-easy

by JamesBooker November 27, 2014 Family Law

For many of us, thinking about making a Will smacks of the biggest show of pessimism known to man – because we all believe we are going to live forever so why should we plan for our death. And yet, in the back of most minds will be that little niggle about who would get […]

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How can Non-Violent Abuse Best be Policed?

by ChilternLaw September 23, 2014 Assault

Criminal law has recently started to delve deeper than ever into the realm of personal human relationships. There has been much talk around the prospect of domestic violence, previously prosecuted under more general offences, becoming a crime in its own right. Recently, non-violent emotional and psychological abuse and neglect of children has faced the prospect […]

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£100 Million+ Shortfall Being Faced By Family Law Firms

by PaulReflect September 2, 2014 Family Law

In the latest family law news, it’s been estimated that high street law firms in charge of legal aid family cases are to face a significant short falls in fees. A huge legal aid funding drop of around £110 million has been predicted. The estimate was supplied by Lawyer Supported Mediation (LSM) after the organisation […]

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Swiss Court Orders Husband to Pay Largest Ever Divorce Settlement

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers May 20, 2014 Divorce

It has been reported today that Dmitry Rybolovlev, owner of the AS Monaco football team has been ordered to pay the highest known divorce settlement, a sum of over £2.7 billion. The divorce proceedings took place in Switzerland and according to the reports, Mr Rybolovlev has the right of appeal, though it is not known […]

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Survery Says Cohabitation Before Marriage Does Not Cause Divorce

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers March 11, 2014 Family Law

According to a new scientific survey, cohabitation before marriage does not affect a couple’s prospects of getting divorced. The study was carried out by sociologist Arielle Kuperberg from the University of Carolina and involved comparing relationships using the length of time that couples had lived together before marriage, instead of the age when they moved […]

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Can Divorce Be Dare We Ask………Nice?

by Zelick Glimelstein January 23, 2014 Divorce

Not everybody goes for the jugular when filing for divorce. Don’t get us wrong, some do. Some do with a vengeance, but others seem to find a way to Part Company peacefully. Take the recent announcement from Hollywood hunk Orlando Bloom, and his Australian model wife Miranda Kerr. A few short days ago they announced […]

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The Facebook Post That Got Me Divorced – Evidence Used in Social Media

by Anna Shapiro January 22, 2014 Family Law

You can build relationships on social media but you can also destroy them. The use of social media, Facebook in particular, has grown exponentially over the last few years. It has literally permeated every aspect of our lives. Posting feelings, pictures, celebrations, and even life changing events (both good and bad) has become like second […]

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Divorce Affects Children More Than Parents Realise

by kjsmith January 17, 2014 Divorce

A survey by parenting website Netmums has revealed that many parents do not realise how much their divorce is affecting their children. Adults and children were polled separately, and the results reveal significant gaps between their outlooks on the situation. For example, 13% of children blamed themselves for the break-up. But less than half of […]

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Matters handled by a family law firm

by JamesBooker January 9, 2014 Family Law

There are three distinct jurisdictions relating to matters of law in the United Kingdom – England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The systems of family law are quite different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so when you are looking for a family law firm to represent you it is wise to ensure the solicitors working […]

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Is Your Spouses New Year’s Resolution To File For Divorce?

by Anna Shapiro January 8, 2014 Family Law

Divorce on New Year’s The traditional New Year’s Auld Lang Syne song may just sum it up. “Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon; The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone.” Are you ringing in the New Year’s without your spouse this year? Many people think of the New Year […]

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Freezing the Assets

by EdwardHandsandLewis December 20, 2013 Divorce

By Martin Hill, Edward Hands and Lewis I know its December but asset freezing is nothing to do with the weather. What we have here is the court’s ability to prevent property  being transferred away by one spouse so that it does not form part of the overall pot on divorce. It is often a […]

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Is Colorado’s New Domestic Violence Gun Law Fair?

by David Faltz December 18, 2013 Domestic Violence

After you’ve handled a fair share of domestic violence cases, you start to realize how emotionally charged they tend to be – on both sides. The individuals involved are often related by blood or in a romantic relationship, so there’s a history and closeness that escalate problems and makes people do stupid things. Because of […]

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3 Ways to Make Your Divorce a Little Less Painful

by drew.kobb December 11, 2013 Divorce

Divorce can be a painful, drawn-out process that can scar people for the rest of their lives. While it’s impossible to make divorce truly easy, there are a few ways that you can make it easier. Here are 3 methods that might be able to help you through this time of change. 1.     Divorce Mediation […]

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