Support For Parents With Drug & Alcohol Addiction

A recent episode of Panorama reported that an estimated 1 in 20 expectant mothers in the UK are addicted to either drugs or alcohol. The programme showed mothers at Trevi...


A Dad’s Rights During Care Proceedings

What Are Care Proceedings? If the council “Local Authority”, is concerned about the welfare or safety of a child they can issue what are known as care proceedings. They can...


Trusts & Divorce – Part 3: The Genuine Trust

The previous blogs in this series (part 1 and part 2) have given an introduction to trusts and the various issues that the Court will have to consider. This blog...


How Long Will My Divorce Take?

Understandably one of the most frequently asked questions by divorce clients is “how long will my divorce take?”. Following a separation you want to be able to move on with...


Sharia Law Review Recommends Civil Marriage Requirement For Muslim Couples

A government-commissioned independent review of Sharia law has recommended that Muslim couples must civilly register their marriage before or at the same time as their Islamic ceremony to ensure women...


Is My Foreign Divorce Valid In England?

As a family lawyer who specialises in international divorce and finance cases, I frequently receive enquiries about the validity in England of divorces granted overseas. If your divorce has been...


Pensions On Divorce

Nearly three-quarters of divorced people did not discuss pensions during divorce proceedings, according to new research carried out by Scottish Widows. Seven in ten couples do not consider pensions during...


Trusts & Divorce – Part 2: How the Courts Deal With Assets In Family Law Proceedings

My first blog on trusts and divorce gave a general overview of trusts that may be the subject of dispute in divorce proceedings, what those involved in administering the trust...


The Future Of Financial Remedy Applications

Sir James Munby has set out his vision of what needs to be done in respect of the determination of financial remedies – what he terms the ‘Cinderella of family...


Dowry Claims & English Case Law

In a previous article titled “What is a dowry and how can I claim it” I have provided summary advice in relation to dowry claims. This article is intended to explore...


Trusts & Divorce

Trusts are an increasingly common issue in family law disputes. They can arise in many circumstances and, in divorce proceedings, when spouses are unable to agree how their assets should...


Contact With Children In Cases Of Domestic Violence

Children who live in homes where domestic violence is present, often grow up in an unpredictable, tension filled and fear dominated environment. A case of domestic abuse and violence between...