Unmarried couples: A fair deal?

ONS figures published last week show that couples who live together without getting married are the fastest growing type of family in the country. In light of the news earlier this year that more unmarried couples with children are breaking…

New child maintenance powers announced

With effect from early next year, child maintenance cheats will no longer be able to take advantage of the ‘joint account’ loophole. Under current rules, where a parent owes child maintenance the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) cannot deduct money held…

Divorce rate shoots up

The latest Office of National Statistics figures for 2016 have revealed a sharp rise of 5.8% in the divorce rate for opposite sex couples in England and Wales. This rise bucks the trend of the past five years where the divorce rate…

Civil partnerships for opposite sex couples?

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld have this week been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in their ongoing legal battle for civil partnerships to be made available to opposite sex couples. Mr Keidan, 40, and Ms Steinfeld, 36,…

Is Ryan Giggs a genius?

Recent press reports suggest that Ryan Giggs intends to argue in his divorce proceedings that he made a ‘special contribution’ during his marriage to Stacey: a factor that in rare circumstances justifies the court splitting a couple’s assets in favour…

Whose fault is it anyway?

As discussed in our previous blog, the widely reported case of Tini and Hugh Owens has attracted much criticism of current divorce law. The judgment is now in and, despite highly critical comments about the state of the law from…