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News Category: Divorce, civil partnerships and separation

  • 27 February 2014

    Law Commission report published today: “Prenuptial agreements should be legally binding”

    The Law Commission has today published its report entitled “Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements”. Read more

  • 10 January 2014

    Many dogs caught up in their owners’ divorces

    As reported in the media recently, it is not just children who can become the subject of disagreements over where they will live in the event of a divorce.  Increasingly dogs are becoming the subject of the same dispute. Read more

  • 3 January 2014

    Today is “Divorce” Day

    Following the Christmas festivities, sadly it is common for our family team to receive an increased number of new enquiries in relation to divorce or separation at this time. Read more

  • 8 August 2013

    More over 60s getting divorced

    Recent local media reports have indicated that more over 60s are getting divorced.  This follows a recent report published by the Office for National Statistics. Read more

  • 25 April 2013

    High Court upholds separation agreement 22 years later

    In the recent case of T v T 2013, the Court held that a separation agreement signed by the parties in 1991 should be made an Order of Court. Read more

  • 27 March 2013

    Legal Aid no longer available for family law cases

    On 1 April 2013 the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force, which aims to trim the existing £2.2 billion legal aid bill by £350 million.  Read more

  • 28 February 2013

    News about divorce lawyers being greedy is “an unfair generalisation”

    A report published by the Legal Ombudsman today (28 February), entitled “The Costs of Separation”, has featured highly in today’s news.  The report found that divorce lawyers have the highest number of complaints from clients, compared with other areas of law.  The report also found that some divorce lawyers are failing to advise their clients to settle financial matters out of Court, therefore resulting in unnecessary costs. Read more

  • 25 January 2013

    Prison threat for separating couples who attempt to hide wealth

    The press has recently reported on the six month prison sentence given to property tycoon Scot Young on 16 January 2013 in the High Court, Family Division, as a result of his failure to provide full and frank financial disclosure amid an acrimonious divorce. Read more

  • 4 January 2013

    Divorce and separation peaks in January

    Following the Christmas festivities, sadly it is common for Steeles Law's family team to receive an increased number of new enquiries from spouses or partners requiring advice in relation to divorce or separation at this time of year. Read more

  • 24 September 2012

    DIY is for the home…not for divorces

    When a relationship breaks down you are often faced with decisions surrounding several difficult issues.  These issues include arrangements for looking after any children and paying child maintenance; how assets, debts and property are to be divided; and how pensions and benefits are to be adjusted.  Naturally, many people will be conscious about finances during this uncertain and stressful time, and a “DIY” or online divorce, or one that is handled through a telephone call centre at a knock down price, may be appealing. Read more