Same-sex parenting and the law

There are many different family structures and ways of having a child together when you are in a same-sex relationship. A child can only have up to two legal parents (except in the event of IVF-based techniques designed to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases where there are three legal parents). However, just because someone is legally

Holiday checklist; luggage, passport, children…consent?

The children have now broken up from school for the summer and you may be busy running around making last minute preparations for your annual family holiday abroad.  As well as making sure that emergency first aid kit is still in date and that the passports have not expired, make sure that you have obtained

Who pays the mortgage when going through divorce?

As well as dealing with the different emotions people experience when going through divorce, there are extremely important practical decisions to be made. One of the very first questions many people ask when they come to their family lawyer is who will pay the mortgage during the divorce process. Who is responsible for a mortgage

Behind the scenes of a mediation session

The profile of mediation as a means of resolving family disputes is increasing, not least because of its many benefits over the traditional court system. Mediation presents many advantages, ranging from empowering couples to make measured, long-term decisions in an open, more conflict-free environment, to helping keep costs down. But what are the ins and

Spousal maintenance cases – where are we now?

Following on from my two popular blogs on spousal maintenance, I thought it would be helpful to provide an update as to where we are now given some time has passed since they were written. Well, not an awful lot has changed following the guidance produced by the Law Commission’s recommendations made within the Matrimonial

AI and Law – right here, right now

I attended the workshop on AI and Legal Practice that took place at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL) 2017 last week together with my colleagues Sam Paul and Alan Larkin and Dr John Kingston of the University of Brighton. The conference attendees for the workshop comprised a roughly equal mix of

Family Law Trends – Changes in family structures

What are the latest stats in family law? Generally speaking, divorce rates are down. There were 111,169 divorces in 2014, down almost 3% from 2012 figures, although 42% of marriages still end in divorce. Those aged 40 – 44 have the highest divorce rate and the divorce rate of the over 60s has increased by