Pre-Nuptial Agreements for Business Owners

Before addressing business owners and pre-nuptial agreements I felt it may be helpful to revisit some of the general principles that apply in relation to pre-nuptial agreements. What is a Pre-Nuptial Agreement? It is an agreement between two people about to get married/enter a civil partnership which sets out what they want to happen to

A Guide to the Family Mediation Process

Are you thinking about mediation? Are you worried and feeling unsure about what will be involved? If so, here is a general overview of the process to help put your mind at rest and assist you in feeling more prepared. The process starts off with an initial call from you to enquire about setting up

How can I dissolve a civil partnership in England and Wales if I am living in a country which does not recognise civil partnerships?  

Under the law of England and Wales, a civil partnership is a relationship between two people of the same sex which is formed when they register as civil partners in England or Wales.  The courts also recognise certain registered overseas relationships that are equivalent to civil partnerships. It is possible to dissolve (formally end) a

Family Law Partners to host Law Commission Event

Family Law Partners are delighted to announce we will be hosting The Law Commission of England and Wales consultation event on their recent consultation paper Building families through surrogacy: a new law, on the 22nd July. This consultation paper has been jointly published with the Scottish Law Commission. This event will provide you with an

Can the Law Commissions proposals make surrogacy work for everyone?

In August 2018 Professor Nick Hopkins, Commissioner, and Leonie James, Research Assistant, from the Law Commission for England and Wales explained why a public consultation on surrogacy law is needed.  The Consolation Paper is now out, but what are the key issues and the provisional proposals made? Please note that in this blog we are

Will I have to share my inheritance if I get divorced?

As with so many things on divorce, whether you will be expected to share inherited wealth with your ex-partner is a matter for the court’s discretion and this will include an assessment of what it considers fair in your particular situation. Generally speaking, the court would prefer you not to require you to hand over

Parental Alienation – An update

In my previous blog I discussed the issue of parental alienation. This issue has again been brought into public debate following the recent publication of the High Court Judgement in Re L (A Child) [2019] EWHC 867. In this case, the President of the Family Division of the High Court dismissed an appeal against an

The unearthly appeal of the rule of law

Alan Larkin writes for Solicitors Journal (March 2019 issue). A few weeks back, a corporate solicitor gave me a look that betrayed, just fleetingly, mild disquiet, perhaps even pity, at finding that my legal practice lay in family law.  It chimed with similar looks of alarm and, if I’m honest, sometimes disdain, from legal peers