Increase to Divorce Fee

The court fee to start divorce proceedings was increased on Monday 21 March from £410 to £550. This change comes quickly after the previous increase in July 2013, when the fee rose to £410 from £340. In spite of criticism…

By Slater Heelis

The myth of ‘common law marriage’

Despite the fact that many people believe in a ‘common law’ marriage, there simply is no such thing. With around 12.5 million cohabiting couple families* living in the UK, legal issues involving separation (or the death of one partner) have…

‘Here’s to you, Mrs Robertson!’

After incurring legal fees of around £500,000 each, Nicholas and Janine Robertson have heard how High Court judge Mr Justice Holman has ordered their assets (totalling around £220 million) to be divided. Mr Robertson, 48, entrepreneur and co-founder of the…

McKenzie Friends: ‘I’ll be there for you’?

Senior Judges in the Civil and Family Courts have recently announced their proposals to stop McKenzie Friends from charging court users for their services. McKenzie Friends are individuals without any legal training who can help you at court hearings by…

When Contact goes wrong

How often do we hear horror stories about parents obstructing contact and alienating children? Sometimes parents behave so badly that the children’s relationship with their other parent fails altogether. The impact on parents and their children can be catastrophic but…

Laura Ashley boss ordered to show his true colours

In a case currently before the court in London, a Non-Executive Chairman of home furnishings company Laura Ashley, has been ordered to make his wife an open offer to settle their financial matters on divorce. This is an unprecedented direction…

Arbitration for Child arrangements

Long awaited changes expanding the scope of arbitration to cover disputes over child arrangements have recently been announced by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. Arbitration in general is an excellent way of dealing with disagreements as it provides a…