No Fault- No Way

Last week the Appeal Court considered an appeal from Tini Owens whose divorce petition had been rejected by a Judge. Tini had claimed that the behaviour of her husband of almost 40 years was unreasonable and gave examples in her…

The End of the Road?

Today’s Supreme Court decision offers a neat analogy with the end of divorce and financial proceedings in family law: what do you do when it’s over and the judge has made his or her decision? Although Mrs May’s government has…

CAFCASS assist in almost 40,000 new cases

The Court and Family Advisory and Support Service (known as CAFCASS) have reported that in 2016, they were appointed  to assist on 39,978 new  private law cases. This is an 8.8% increase from 2015. CAFCASS are an independent organisation that…

Blue Monday? You’re Not Alone

If you are feeling the effects of what has come to be known as ‘Blue Monday’ (the third Monday in January and notionally the most depressing day of the year) then you are probably in the majority. With the combination…

Divorce and Separation: The Easier Way

The start of the New Year is often a time of self-reflection and for many, that will be a time to take stock of relationships and for some will lead to separation and divorce. The breakdown of a relationship can…

‘Quickie’ Divorces – The Truth Behind the Myth

The so-called ‘quickie’ divorce, seemingly given exclusively to celebrities, has been back in the news following the split of pop star Cheryl and her restaurateur husband of 18 months Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. Tabloids reported they were divorced in just 14 seconds.…

By Slater Heelis

Civil Partnerships for all in Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has become a trail blazer recently by allowing hetrosexual couple to enter into a civil partnership. So how is that different? The Isle of Man has a separate legal system and of course tax system from…

Five things to look for in a Family Law Solicitor

As the person who will be handling your family law matter (whether it’s divorce or civil partnership dissolution, financial settlement, or an application in respect of arrangements for your children) it’s essential that your solicitor is someone that you trust…