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To Have and to Hold... a Pre-Nup

Andrew Newbury | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

Even before we learn what the Commission supports - and, importantly, how ministers react to its suggestions - we already know that there is a potential risk. Attempts to provide clarity in Family law can sometimes create problems of their own.

Texts and Tension: How Social Media Fuels Family Feuds

Patricia Robinson | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Tech
Patricia Robinson

One of the regular themes of divorces which I have handled over the years is communication. Spouses either seem to talk to little or too much and, when they do, they are frequently failing to grasp what the other is really saying.

Shifting Grounds: Changing Society and the Reasons for Divorce

Fiona Wood | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Filing for divorce because of adultery is no longer as common as it once was. Only 20 years ago, it was blamed for one-in-four divorces. Now, it is the primary factor in less than one-sixth of cases. On the other hand, complaints of unreasonable behaviour have steadily increased. It now accounts for almost half of all divorces.

Parental Child Abduction: A Hope for the Holidays

Vicki McLynn | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The forthcoming holiday season provides an opportunity for families to spend time together. Sadly, it can also exacerbate tensions which may result in them breaking apart. Such division can have long-lasting consequences for the adults involved and for any children.

When the 'International Divorce Race' Goes the Extra Mile

Claire Reid | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Reid

With countries and the citizens living in them having become more connected, it shouldn't come as any great surprise to learn that the law has too. Sadly, the global flavour of law becomes apparent when families founded on different nationalities break apart.

Cohabitation and Britain's 'Older Old'

Claire Reid | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Claire Reid

We have seen a number of cases featuring men and women in their seventies, eighties and even older, although that shouldn't be interpreted as meaning that they are remarkably frequent. However, my colleagues and I certainly have to handle more now than we ever have done.

Family Fortunes: A Decade of Change in Britain's Households

Fiona Wood | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

For better or worse - if you pardon the pun - marriage is no longer seen as important by many people who want to set up home together. The law in England and Wales does not provide a remedy for what happens when and if cohabiting relationships come to an end which is any way comparable with what is in place for failed marriages or civil partnerships.

Back to School: The Supreme Court and the Duty of Care to Pupils

Catherine Leech | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine Leech

Parents assume that the schools will look after their children at least as well or better than they do themselves. However, what if something untoward happens during the school day?

The Ley of the Land: How Spanish Tax Review Dull Expat Dream of Life on the Costas

Susana Lajusticia | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Susana Lajusticia

Fewer and cheaper sales are not only bad news for owners and vendors but are a cause for concern on the part of Spain's authorities, which have seen income from taxation on property deals fall as the market has stalled.

Family Ties, Adult Children and the Strain on 'Silver' Divorce

Beverley Darwent | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beverley Darwent

This growth in so-called 'silver splits' continued a gradual increase which has become evident over the last decade. It has, in part, been fuelled by couples choosing to marry later than had been the case in previous generations.

The Private Life of the Modern British Pensioner

Vicki McLynn | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

It seems that those of us yet to reach the age when we can start to draw our pension form wildly different perceptions of those above the age of 65... However, it appears that those somewhat traditional and hackneyed views of senior citizens could be nothing like the way they consider themselves.

Border Controls: Beefing up Passports to Prevent Parental Child Abduction

Phillip Rhodes | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Politics
Phillip Rhodes

For most children, summer conjures up thoughts of carefree, school-free days in the sunshine, holidays and fun. Sadly, some of their parents do not feel as upbeat. It's not just that they recognise the intricacies involved in balancing childcare and jobs, the effect of boisterous kids on their eardrums or the expense of keeping offspring entertained until they return to the classroom.

Matriculation, Mothers and Maintenance

Naomi McGloin | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi McGloin

The cost of helping children to achieve their educational ambitions is arguably most acutely felt by single mothers, especially those who were not married when their relationships ended and so are not entitled to receive spousal maintenance.

Life in Retirement Not Golden for 'Silver Splitters'

Andrew Newbury | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Newbury

New statistics give the lie to the idea of husbands and wives remaining together "till death do us part". The Office for National Statistics has produced a bundle of data exploring the reasons behind the group known as 'silver splitters', those individuals who choose to divorce when aged 60 or over.

Same-Sex Marriage? Different Problems

Fiona Wood | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

A number of US states deny same-sex couples either form of legal union but are happy to conduct divorce proceedings for those gay couples whose marriages do not last the course. In Europe, things are equally unclear.

Middle Age and New Beginnings

Vicki McLynn | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

It transpires that the middle-aged - women between 55 and 59 and men over 60 - show the greatest rate of increase of marriage for any demographic group. In a way, we should not be surprised at the level of relationship tectonics experienced by people over the age of 50.

Of Chimps, Charities and Chattels: The Tricky World of Pet Bequests

Jane Lee | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Lee

The business of bequeathing cash to a cat or funds for Fido is not straightforward as you might think. Individuals seem surprised when told that they can't simply include animals among the intended beneficiaries of their will in the same way that they might a close friend or relative.

Children, Courts and an Unwanted Record

Vicki McLynn | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The break up of every domestic relationship has consequences of one sort or another. Many adults find it possible to get over the distress and get on with the rest of their lives. The involvement of children, however, increases the potential for complications, as both parents try to do what they believe is right for the well-being of their sons or daughters.

Lifting the Veil: Tycoons, Divorce and Enforcement

Fiona Wood | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
Fiona Wood

The judgement does not provide carte blanche for parting couples to raid each other's company stakes. However, lifting the "corporate veil" a little higher means that someone's unwillingness to give a former spouse their rightful share of assets just because they may be formally owned by a business is a less sturdy defence than it has been before.

Innocents Abroad: The Rise of Cross-Border Child Abduction by Parents

Vicki McLynn | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The number of international family disputes requiring the involvement of UK courts has almost quadrupled in the space of only four years, according to a report published by one of this country's most senior judges.

Separation, the City and Spousal Support

Liz Cowell | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Cowell

It is no secret that London is regarded by many people as "the world's divorce capital". That label does not necessarily refer to the number of separations handled by that city's courts or even for its making world record-breaking settlements. Rather, it could be argued that London has developed a unique appeal because of its being regarded as "wife-friendly" in terms of the way in which marital assets have been divided in recent years.

Is Divorce 'Too Easy'?

Fiona Wood | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

Having dealt with many divorces over the course of my career as a Family lawyer, I do not think that I would be too wide of the mark in suggesting that many people regard divorce as one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives.

International Relationships and the Pain of Parental Child Abduction

Louise Halford | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
Louise Halford

As Family lawyers know only too well, it is not always easy for couples to remain calm and composed when they split up.

Custody, Marital Collapse and Coercion: Parental 'brainwashing' On The Rise

Naomi McGloin | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi McGloin

Bitter, dramatic break-ups seem to hold a fascination for those who both write and read the newspapers.

BoJo, billionaires and 'divorce tourism'

Fiona Wood | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

The proportion of foreign cases being heard in London remains high, even if there is evidence that the kind of settlements being awarded are slightly less generous than they were in previous years.