The Grounds for Divorce

The position in England and Wales is that there is only one ground for divorce and that is that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage under Section 1 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.  To prove the breakdown, the petitioner at present (until the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill  – the so-called

There’s no such thing as a quick divorce

The subject of divorce is very much under focus at the moment given the second reading of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill in the House of Commons. However, for the purposes of this article I am going to consider the law as it currently is rather than what it will hopefully be in the

Early Neutral Evaluation – Part 1: What, why and how it works

What is Early Neutral Evaluation? Early Neutral Evaluation is a process used in some divorce cases to help separating couples reach an agreement on financial issues. It is based on the formal court process where – after there has been full financial disclosure and there is a good understanding of the financial circumstances and overall

Marriage or Civil Partnership?

Both opposite and same-sex couples now have the choice of getting married or entering into a civil partnership. Outside of the religious community, some sections of the general public are starting to view marriage and civil partnerships as one and the same, the same commitment just with a different title.  Often, a civil partner will

Court vs Mediation – A Case Study in Nine Coffees

Court v Mediation – A Case Study in Nine Coffees The benefits of mediation are countless. As we have explored in other blogs and materials for Family Mediation Week 2020, mediation works. It can be used to achieve more constructive outcomes and help ex partners be the parents they want to be post separation or

The year ahead – what does 2020 have in store for Family Law?

Gemma Hope, family law solicitor, collaborative lawyer and mediator, explores the likely issues, trends and themes that are set to shape year ahead for family law professionals and couples who are separating or divorcing. No-fault divorce The current divorce process requires many people to blame their spouse on their divorce petition. As I have outlined

Co-parenting After Divorce

Separating or going through a divorce is one of life’s most difficult journeys. When you are separating, a lot of legal words get thrown around – custody, residence, contact, access, child arrangements, shared parenting and of course, co-parenting. Understandably, all of this legal jargon can be very difficult for parents to understand. In recent years, one of