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News Category: Family

  • 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

  • 18 August 2014

    Pre-nuptial agreements soar

    The family team at Steeles Law has reported an unprecedented rise in instructions for pre-nuptial agreements during the course of 2014. Read more

  • 11 August 2014

    New child maintenance charges take effect today

    New charges begin today (Monday 11 August) for both parents using the Government's new child maintenance service. Read more

  • 8 August 2014

    President of Family Division: “Courts may pay for legal representation”

    The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has stated that Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Services, HMCTS, will have to fund parties' representation by lawyers in appropriate private law proceedings if the Legal Aid Agency refuses to do so. 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

  • 7 July 2014

    Cohabitation figures show need for law reform

    The Office for National Statistics has analysed the 2001 and 2011 Census data, finding that the proportion of households in the UK which comprise cohabiting couples rose from 14% to 17%.  Of these, 38% of the cohabitating couples had a dependant child. The number of households with married couples fell from 70% to 65%. Read more

  • 27 June 2014

    Civil partnerships to remain available to same sex couples only

    Same sex couples will be able to convert their existing civil partnerships into marriages from 10 December 2014.  This provision was included in the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013, although the Government delayed implementation.  Same sex couples have been able to marry since March 2014. Read more

  • 22 April 2014

    The new single Family Court and the Children and Families Act 2014

    Today, the new single Family Court comes into being and most of the family justice provisions from the Children and Families Act 2014 take effect.  The legislation has been described as "the largest for a generation". 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