External Child Relocation: A Case Study

Child relocation is a complex area of law. In this blog, I use a fictional case study to explain a practical application of the law on external relocation; getting permission from the court (in the absence of consent between parents) to permanently remove a child from the jurisdiction of England and Wales.  Every family’s circumstances

Separation rights for cohabiting couples

Like many family lawyers, I regularly meet with clients who are under the impression that, because they have lived with their partner for a long period of time, they automatically have a financial claim against their partner. However, this is not the case. The starting point is that, unlike couples who are married or in

Capitalising Spousal Maintenance – what does this mean?

In divorce and civil partnership dissolutions one of the powers open to the court is – where circumstances permit – to capitalise spousal maintenance.  Capitalisation of a spousal maintenance order simply means rolling future spousal maintenance payments into a one-off payment. Significantly, it does not apply to child maintenance. The court already has the duty

How long does it take to get a divorce?

One of the questions we often get asked is ‘how long does it take to get a divorce.’ Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question. Timescales will largely depend on the individual circumstances of each case. In this case study, I will look at some of the factors which affect

Collaborative Law: Back to Basics

In March 2020, my colleague, Rachel Nicholl, and I qualified as collaborative lawyers.  It has opened my eyes to a better, kinder, client-led and solution focussed way of working.  I have already been able to put into practice the excellent skills that I have learned from the course, which has influenced and enhanced my practice

What is a ‘living with both parents order’?

Going through any relationship breakdown is a very emotional time and agreeing on how and when children spend time with their parents will often be at the forefront of parents’ minds. Understandably parenting when you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent can be challenging. Fortunately, most parents are able to agree