Prenuptial Agreements – A Short Guide

What is a Prenuptial Agreement (Prenup)? A prenuptial (or pre-marital) agreement is an agreement made by a couple before they marry or enter into a civil partnership, which sets out...


Who keeps the Pet? Should we get a Pet-Nup?

A report recently undertaken by pet charity Blue Cross, has revealed that more than one in four divorced couples in Britain have argued over the ownership of their pets when...


Should I Divorce In England Or The United Arab Emirates?

With over 240,000 British nationals currently living in Dubai, the interaction between UK family law and Dubai is becoming increasingly relevant. It was only therefore a matter of time before...


Can I Use Secret Recordings in Family Court Proceedings?

“Can I use secret recordings in court?“ is a question that I am often asked when representing parties in proceedings concerning either separation, the breakdown of a marriage or the...


Christmas Contact Arrangements For Separated Parents

Often, Christmas contact arrangements can be the cause a lot of conflict in separated families. While Christmas is traditionally a time for families to come together and celebrate, it can be...


Seizure Of Overseas Divorce Proceedings

Under article 19 of Brussels II Regulation (BIIR) 2201/2003 it provides: In a scenario where divorce proceedings are issued overseas and then a party seeks to issue proceedings in the...


Who Should Keep The Engagement Ring?

Noel Coward is quoted as having said: It is unfortunately the case that some people experience broken engagements and, for whatever reason, do not ever make it down the aisle...


The Grounds for Divorce in England & Wales

A common question Family Solicitors get asked is what are the grounds for a divorce. Essentially there is only one answer to this which is that the marriage has irretrievably...


Sharing Pre-Marital Wealth

In a recent case where the parties had been married for 23 years, but the Husband was 21 years older than the Wife, the Court had to consider the fairest...


What Makes A Contribution ‘Special’ In Divorce Proceedings?

In the case of Work v Gray [2017] EWCA Civ 270, the Court of Appeal confirmed that a party’s ‘special contribution’ to a marriage is one such good reason to...


Support For Kinship Carers

Kinship Care is an arrangement where a child or young person who cannot be cared for by their parent(s) goes to live with a relative or a family friend. Kinship carers...


A Guide To The New Divorce Petitions

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017 were announced on 17th July 2017 and a number of rule changes came into force on 7th August 2017. The changes are...