Family Lawyer

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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Rise in Couples Choosing to Divorce after Less Than a Year Together

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 3, 2014 Law

In my experience some couples rush into marriage without considering the  financial consequences that marriage can bring. Couples can get swept away with  the romance of marriage and some turn their focus away from the relationship  towards creating a fairy tale wedding. Having a “perfect” wedding can be  expensive and this can put financial strain […]

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Couples must consider Mediation before Divorcing

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 22, 2014 Law

Under new laws separating couples will have to attend a mediation appointment called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting from April following reforms included in the Children and Families Bill. This will apply in all disputes about the children or finances and couples will only be exempt in situations where there is evidence of domestic […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses Contact Orders in relation to Children

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 7, 2014 Law

A piece of research has been released this week by the Nuffield Foundation on the effectiveness of provisions designed to secure compliance with contact orders. The research is the first time that the measures, brought in approximately 5 years ago, have been assessed and their effectiveness analysed. Non-compliance with contact orders is still a significant […]

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Thinking about a Divorce? our Family Law Solicitor offers some advice

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 3, 2014 Law

Christmas can be a wonderful time for families; a time to cherish with loved ones. However Christmas can also be one to remember for all the wrong reasons. There is so much pressure on families to be happy over the festive period; couples want everything to be perfect at Christmas and some do not anticipate […]

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Living separately, together

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 25, 2013 Law

The Mail Online has today published an article by Hilary Freeman about the difficulties that she and her (now) ex-husband faced when going through their Divorce. The article talks about how, due to financial constraints, they remained living together for a period of 2 years until their divorce was finalised and her ex-husband moved out. […]

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The Court of Protection – Open to the public?

by EdwardHandsandLewis October 24, 2013 Blawg

The new president of the Family Division courts has echoed previous plans to make the Court of Protection open to the public. The plans have been talked about for some time now, and it was reported yesterday that the new president Sir James Munby agreed with the plans. The Court of Protection makes important decisions […]

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Family Law Solicitor highlights the increasing number of “Save-cations”

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 16, 2013 Law

Recent research has shown that couples heading for separation or Divorce are booking a romantic holiday as a last ditch attempt to save their relationship. Although for some the time away helps to rekindle lost romance, as many discover these ‘save-cations’ are not always enough to save a relationship in trouble. When the plane touches […]

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Family Law Solicitor outlines the importance of Family Law Orders

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 14, 2013 Law

Few people associate Family Law proceedings with prison sentences, but it is important to remember that Family Law courts take compliance with orders seriously, and can and do impose custodial sentences in cases of persistent  or serious breach. There has, for many years, been a concern that some Family orders lack “teeth” in the event […]

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Finances and Assets on Separation – How best to divide them

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 8, 2013 Law

As a family lawyer, I am often approached by a client whom has reached an agreement with their spouse in relation to the division of capital and pensions. However there are a few minor issues which are not agreed. These can range from whom retains the antique furniture, the time share or the family pet. […]

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How separated parents can deal with child contact and residency disputes

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers September 17, 2013 Law

People may well have seen reports this week of a case in the Court of Appeal dealing with a Mother’s refusal to allow contact between her son and his father. The reasons were in case the Father fed him meat in breach of his strict vegetarian diet, safety concerns, such as whether the child was […]

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements – do they have a Bale-out clause?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers September 16, 2013 Law

According to recent reports, professional footballer Gareth Bale has postponed his wedding day as fiancé Emma Rhys-Jones’ dad is held in jail over suspicion of £3 million global fraud. Allegedly, the 48 year old is on remand in a US cell facing 40 charges of fraud and money laundering, forcing the couple to delay their […]

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Separation doesn’t have to be permanent to involve a Family Lawyer

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 29, 2013 Law

Most celebrity commentaries today feature the News that one of Hollywood’s golden couples, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, have announced a separation or “break” from their 13-year marriage whilst they struggle to deal with various difficulties which have arisen in their relationship. It is not uncommon for couples to have a trial Separation, prior to […]

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The advantages of a Fixed-Fee Divorce

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 20, 2013 Law

The money-saving website Love Money has today released an article detailing the 10 most expensive cities in England for a divorce, looking at average hourly rates and overall costs of a divorce. The article is based on research carried out by Divorce Depot, which apparently reviewed 20 cases in each city, to look at averages. […]

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The number of MPs splitting from their spouses is rising

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 13, 2013 Law

According to reports, one in six of the most recently elected Tory MPs has separated from spouses and partners; prompting calls to reform Westminster’s working culture. The latest Conservative MP to announce his Separation from his wife of 15 years is Mark Pritchard who, according to reports, separated in April 2013 and is said to […]

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The rise of the Silver Divorce

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 12, 2013 Law

It has been reported that there has been a significant increase in the number of over-sixties divorcing their partners after years of marriage. “Silver Splitter” divorces are rising at a time when the overall number of marriage failures is in decline. Unlike other age groups where women are more likely to petition for divorce, among […]

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Five Tips: How to Search for a Lawyer for Your Family

by evaholmes247 August 10, 2013 Family Law

From time to time, everyone needs a lawyer. In most situations , that time is an inopportune one. It brings with it a lot of stress, and the last thing you want to do is comb through directories in an attorney search .It’s a good idea to find a family law attorney to help you […]

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Duncan Bannatyne’s acrimonious divorce, could mediation have helped?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 9, 2013 Law

The Daily Express reported yesterday that relations could not be worse between Dragon’s Den Duncan Bannatyne and his ex-wife, Joanne McCue. This is especially sad as the couple have two young children. Bannatyne says that communication has been through solicitors since the divorce petition landed on his doorstep. It’s fair to say Bannatyne wouldn’t be […]

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Is it truly possible to forgive an affair?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 6, 2013 Law

The Mail Online features an interesting article by Helen Sampson which analyses her differing reactions to her husband’s affair over a number of years, before then explaining how, when they eventually did Separate, she dealt with it. As many people know, an affair (or adultery, as it is termed) is one of five possible issues […]

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The problems faced when Parents have a different surname to their Children

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers July 31, 2013 Law

The Daily Mail yesterday reported on the case of Colette Mackintosh, who when returning from a family holiday, was left stunned when UK border officials quizzed her children about whether they had been Abducted, because they have a different surname. In Mrs Mackintosh’s case, their passport details differ because she changed her name following her […]

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Great Britain – Divorce Capital of the World – A Tale of Two Divorces

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers July 5, 2013 Law

There have been two interesting cases in the Daily Mail today which give contrasting outcomes for the wives in two contested divorce cases, both of which give an example of Britain’s reputation towards being the “Divorce Capital of the World”: Miss Malaysia and Miss Spain The first article refers to a former Miss Malaysia, wife […]

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Five Tips: How to Search for a Lawyer for Your Family

by evaholmes247 June 30, 2013 Family Law

From time to time, everyone needs a lawyer. In most situations , that time is an inopportune one. It brings with it a lot of stress, and the last thing you want to do is comb through directories in an attorney search . It’s a good idea to find a family law attorney to help […]

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Court Fees Increase 2013 – Family Proceedings | Slater & Gordon Lawyers

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers June 17, 2013 Law

There is more bad news for people who may soon become involved in family law disputes as court fees are set to rise as from 1st July. Before any court proceedings can be started, including Divorce, financial proceedings or children proceedings a court fee must be paid up front, unless the person issuing the proceedings […]

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Martin Hill Blogs on the solutions to separation issues for married and unmarried couples

by EdwardHandsandLewis April 18, 2013 Cohabitation

  Over the many years I have been helping Clients deal with separation (both unmarried and married couples). I find that the vast majority wish they had come to see us earlier with what for them were unsolvable and confusing difficulties for which I can usually find workable solutions. Many Clients quite naturally get bogged […]

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