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Owens and Owens – Setback for Divorcing Couples

The judgement in the case of Owens and Owens – made available by the Supreme Court on 25th July 2018 – has been widely covered in the media with criticism of both the judiciary and the state of the law. The facts of the matter were that Mr and Mrs Owens, aged 79 and 67 respectively separated after a (then) 37 year marriage in 2015.  Mrs Owens brought a petition …Read More

Family Breakdown: What are my Rights?

What are my rights? This is the question most people caught up in family breakdown ask their solicitor.  They are often quite frustrated at the answer! That is because the response they will get is that it is quite difficult to say, particularly when the breakdown of the relationship is very recent and it is not clear what view the other partner to the relationship may have.  The system for …Read More

The Dreaded Summer Holidays?

Whilst children look forward to the summer holidays with fevered anticipation, it can be a source of stress for many parents, in particular in families where both parents have full time jobs outside of the home. It might seem that separated parents should be under less pressure as they arguably have two lots of holiday entitlements to give more cover to the 6 or 9 week break from school. However …Read More

Silver Divorce – Until Retirement Do Us Part

The number of over-50s who are divorcing is on the increase. It is believed that changes in life expectancy are prompting many couples to reconsider whether they wish to grow old together. Whatever the reason, those facing a silver divorce do so at a time when they are close to retiring and they face real concerns about how their income and housing needs are going to be met.  There may be …Read More

MIAM Compulsory for Children Arrangement Orders: Family Act 2014

Often when a relationship has broken down one of the most difficult issues to be dealt with is the living arrangements for the children. This has not been helped by the Courts which in the past have referenced unhelpful terms such as custody, residence and contact which, when applied to arrangements for children, are emotive and confrontational terms. The Children and Families Act 2014 has tried to change things: it …Read More

Divorce Reform: No More Divorce Judges?

There was much speculation in the press in 2014 when Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, concluded a speech by emphasising the need for reform of English divorce law. He suggested: removing the fault-based approach to divorce creating a divorce process independent of the Court system separating the divorce process from financial claims arising from divorce. 1. Removing the fault-based approach to divorce In …Read More