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News Category: Divorce, civil partnerships and separation

  • 20 July 2015

    Husband awarded £1.9m divorce settlement despite pre-nuptial agreement

    A high court judge has stated that if ever there were a paradigm example of a case which demonstrates the need for more certainty in the law of financial remedies and nuptial agreements, this is surely it. Read more

  • 20 May 2015

    Increase in “round table meetings” following divorce

    Steeles Law's family law team has reported a rise in the number of clients going through divorce wishing to take part in "round table meetings". Read more

  • 11 May 2015

    Court allows Consent Order to be varied

    Orders setting out financial settlements upon divorce are commonly referred to as Consent Orders and are intended to be final.  Occasionally, an event may occur shortly after the Consent Order is made but beyond the period normally allowed for an appeal, which undermines the whole basis upon which the order was made. Read more

  • 27 April 2015

    Campaign for “blame-free” divorce

    The current divorce law in England and Wales dates back to 1973. The system demands that in order for a party to bring a divorce, the only ground is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, which has to be based upon one of five facts. Unfortunately, unless a couple have been living apart for two years, one of them has to apportion some form of blame, adultery or unreasonable behaviour in order to divorce. Read more

  • 16 April 2015

    The Long-Term Costs of Divorce

    For divorcing couples, the cost is not just emotional, it can be a financial loss too. Read more

  • 22 January 2015

    Steeles Law family lawyers join Resolution

    We are pleased to announce that two of our divorce law practitioners, Amanda Owens, Solicitor, and Emma Alfieri, Chartered Legal Executive, have both been accepted to become members of the family law group Resolution. Read more

  • 14 January 2015

    What is divorce or family mediation?

    In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of couples attending family mediation in an attempt to avoid a bitter court dispute. This is following a drive from the Government in recent years to try and deter couples from going to court and instead to deal with matters in a more conciliatory and less confrontational way. Read more

  • 5 January 2015

    The New Year Divorce Peak – 10 Practical Tips

    It is a sad reality that the New Year brings about a peak in separations and applications for divorce and dissolution of civil partnership. Read more

  • 21 November 2014

    Can’t I just represent myself? The changing role of family solicitors

    Following the changes introduced by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on 1 April 2013, Legal Aid was cut for private family law cases such as divorce and issues over the children. Legal Aid is now only available in cases involving domestic violence or public law proceedings regarding children. As time has gone on, the changes have had an effect on the progress of cases through the courts and people's access to justice. Read more

  • 13 November 2014

    Judge’s dismay at couples litigating over divorce settlement

    The recent case of J v J is yet another example of cases in which the Judge was dismayed with the extravagant and unnecessary way in which both parties had run up costs, which were out of all proportion to the issues involved. Read more