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News Category: Family

  • 23 February 2016

    Recent case highlights co-habitation considerations

    Increasingly more couples are living together without formalising their relationship and many people do not realise that there is no such thing as "common law marriage" in England and Wales. Read more

  • 26 January 2016

    Are you affected by the Form E divorce fault?

    Back in December 2015 it was announced that the Form E provided on the Ministry of Justice website between April 2014 and December 2015 contained a faulty calculation. This resulted in automatic fields within the form calculating the incorrect total for an individual's net assets, as it failed to deduct certain liabilities. Read more

  • 19 November 2015

    Divorce on the rise for over 60s

    According to recent figures published by the Office of National Statistics, divorce amongst couples aged 60 and over in England and Wales has risen considerably. Read more

  • 5 August 2015

    Recent attempts to appeal divorce consent orders.

    A consent order is the legal document recording the financial division upon, or following, divorce and must be adhered to by both parties. Consent orders are intended to be final and therefore successful appeals are rare. Read more

  • 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

  • 20 February 2015

    Judge rules children taken to the UK should be returned to Australia

    The case concerned a deceased English woman who had married an Australian man a decade ago; their children aged 8 and 7. Read more