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No fault divorce – why the blame games must stop

The law in England and Wales as it stands at the moment makes it impossible to divorce without blame (see our separate blog on the grounds for divorce) unless you either wait until you have been separated for at least 2 years and both spouses consent to the divorce, or you wait at least 5

Post-divorce checklist

So, what now? As well as looking ahead to the future there are a number of practical steps and considerations to get to grips with (one client recently described this to us as ‘new life admin’). You may have already dealt with some or all of the following, but we recommend you to take a

Divorce: what are your options?

Divorce can be a stressful and distressing time, so choosing the right option to end your relationship and the right process can be a challenge. But it’s vitally important. Often the individual personal circumstances will determine which process will be adopted. We are committed to non-adversarial approaches to resolving matters and encourage the use of

What are the grounds for divorce?

This blog is part of a series of blogs on divorce and outlines the facts you can rely on to apply to the court for a divorce. The only ground for a divorce in England and Wales is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. When applying to the court for a divorce the person

Associate promotions at Family Law Partners

Leading South East firm Family Law Partners has announced, at the start of this new financial year, news of internal promotions for three of its family law specialists. Gemma Garrett, Lauren Guy and Chris Maulkin have today been made Associates. The growing team, which announced its expansion into Horsham in February, comprises eight collaborative lawyers, three mediators

Financial implications of surrogacy in the UK

Surrogacy is increasingly becoming an option for starting a family for people who are unable to conceive a child themselves, but what are the financial implications of surrogacy in the UK? When the intended parents apply for a parental order as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, the family court must be satisfied that no

Step-by-Step Guide to Divorce

Having taken the often-difficult decision to end a marriage there are certain practical considerations to take into account prior to making an application for divorce. The document that starts the divorce is called a petition. A petition for divorce can only be presented to the divorce centre if the marriage has lasted for a year

Tips for parents giving evidence in court

Following last week’s post from Karen Jeary sharing what the family courts expect from parents in children proceedings, this post has been designed to help parents prepare for giving evidence in court. If you are a parent involved in court proceedings about your child, you are likely experiencing one of the most stressful times in

What the Family Courts expect from Parents

As a result of the strict criterion that applies to eligibility for legal aid within most private family law proceedings, a greater number of parents are now unable to access assistance with legal costs. As a consequence there has been an upward trend in the number of parents who are representing themselves in resolving matters