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

How are shareholder agreements treated in divorce?

Shareholder agreements and divorce Shareholder agreements and their treatment in divorce is a question that often arises when one or both of the parties in the divorce have an interest in a private limited company. In my experience, the effect of a shareholder agreement tends to be viewed through the prism of its impact upon

Collaborative Law arrives in Horsham

A kinder divorce via the collaborative process? Family Law Partners have opened a base in Horsham to provide a better way for local families to deal with their divorce or separation. The traditional court process can exacerbate conflict and polarise those involved at what is already a difficult time. When there are children involved this

Length of marriage and divorce

How does length of marriage affect your financial divorce settlement? When it comes to dividing money and property after a divorce a number of different things are taken into account.  This criteria is set out in Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and includes what financial resources are available to each party; their

Family Consultants and mediation

An interview with Kim Crewe The role of a family consultant may not be something that people are familiar with or even considered might be able to assist to resolve family disputes.  Family Law Partners recognise the importance of introducing a family consultant to couples who have decided to separate or divorce as a way

Mediation and Parenting Plans

How Mediation can be used to help draw up a Parenting Plan On day four of Family Mediation Week 2018, we look at how mediation can be useful in drawing up and agreeing parenting plans. What is Mediation? Mediation is a non-court dispute resolution process for couples who are experiencing a relationship breakdown. The aim

Myths of mediation

Family mediation myths True or false –  which of these comments about mediation are true and which are false? Mediation is about Reconciliation FALSE – mediation is a process designed to help couples reach an agreement about the arrangements for their separation without the need to go through contested court proceedings. It is a form