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News Category: Divorce, civil partnerships and separation

  • 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

  • 26 September 2014

    “Pet nups” could help you retain custody of your four legged friend

    It was reported in the news today that the animal charity Blue Cross has devised what they call a "pet nup", which will clearly state who will get ownership of a pet should a couple separate. Read more

  • 24 September 2014

    10 Practical tips when facing divorce, separation or dissolution of civil partnership

    During separation, divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, we recognise that emotions are running high and it can be difficult for those involved to take a pragmatic approach. Below we list ten sensible and practical tips which aim to assist anyone going through this difficult time: Read more

  • 25 July 2014

    Importance of a Consent Order/clean break

    Emma Alfieri often comes across clients who comment that they are dealing with a divorce, or are already divorced, but have not considered financial matters. Here, Emma identifies the importance of dealing with financial matters upon divorce. Read more

  • 21 July 2014

    Pension sharing upon divorce

    Often pensions can be one of the most valuable assets in divorce or civil partnership dissolution after the family home. Emma Alfieri explains the basics of pension sharing upon divorce. Read more

  • 14 March 2014

    Divorce and Enforcement of Consent Orders

    A Consent Order is the legal document recording the financial division upon, or following, divorce.  A Consent Order is made by the Court and must be adhered to by both parties.  However, occasionally the situation arises where one party attempts to try and avoid implementation of the Consent Order.  Read more