two children in the woods
11.7.2024 | Lisa Pepper

Unmarried With Children and Splitting Up

Unmarried with Children? What are your Financial Rights? Know Your Financial Rights Under Schedule One Children Act 1989 A claim under...

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17.6.2024 | Lisa Pepper

What is Early Neutral Evaluation?

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is a form of Non-Court Dispute Resolution where the separated couple invite a neutral third party...

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14.6.2024 | Lisa Pepper

How Does Divorce Affect Our Mortgage?

Can you keep a joint mortgage after divorce? From a mortgage lender’s perspective your divorce does not affect your...

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4.6.2024 | Simone McGrath

What is Parallel Parenting?

Parallel parenting  is a child arrangement where each parent has equal rights and responsibilities for their children, but they do...

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3.6.2024 | Lauren Hall

Co-Parenting with a Narcissist

Can You Co-Parent With a Narcissist? Co-parenting involves two divorced or separated parents working together to raise their children. This...

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31.5.2024 | Kesha Pabari

Can I move with my children?

Am I allowed to relocate with the children within England and Wales? Relocating within England and Wales, even if this...

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co-parenting
29.5.2024 | Maria Kitsiou

What is Co-Parenting And Is It Right for...

There is no single approach to parenting your children after a divorce or separation. How you and your ex decide...

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Marriage rings
28.5.2024 | Lisa Pepper

Settlements In Short Marriages

A Marriage is a Marriage — Even If It’s Short and Childless When deciding who gets what in a divorce,...

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15.5.2024 | Kesha Pabari

Can a Mother Stop a Father from Seeing...

My ex-partner is telling me that I cannot see our children. Is this allowed? There is a common misconception that...

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money
13.5.2024 | Lisa Pepper

Impact Of Extended Family Wealth On Divorce

Can the Wealth of Extended Family Affect Your Divorce Outcomes? While there is no fundamental legal difference between a high-net-worth...

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Living together
3.5.2024 | Lauren Gaines

My Partner Owns The House. What Rights Do...

What are my rights if my partner owns the house and we are unmarried? There is no automatic right to...

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Passover
1.5.2024 | Hannah Goldstein

Spending Passover With Your Child Abroad

Who should the Children spend time with over Passover, and where? With Passover coming to an end, you might be...

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16.4.2024 | Lisa Pepper

NCDR Rules Guide Couples Away From Court

What is Non-Court Dispute Resolution (NCDR)? NCDR is the current buzz word in the family law world, following recent rule...

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8.4.2024 | Victoria Plisson

Les 8 principaux points à prendre en compte si vous ê...

Si vous êtes un ressortissant français ayant des liens avec l’Angleterre et que vous envisagez de divorcer, les...

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Perjury
17.1.2024 | Lisa Pepper

What Happens If You Lie in Family Court?

Honesty is the backbone of the English court system.  Witnesses in court take an oath that they will tell the...

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Hampstead Hill Gardens
21.12.2023 | Lisa Pepper

Financial Remedy Orders Explained

It is common for disagreements to arise over the finances during a divorce, even if you are on good terms...

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Final Order
18.12.2023 | Harriet McMorrin

What is a Final Order?

The introduction of no-fault divorces brought about a number of changes to the divorce process in England and Wales. One...

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14.12.2023 | Lisa Pepper

What is Parental Alienation?

Sometimes, a child may turn against one of their parents due to the other parent’s manipulation or influence. This...

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11.12.2023 | Hannah Goldstein

What is maintenance pending suit?

Introduction to maintenance pending suits Divorce proceedings, especially long-drawn-out ones, can impose a financial burden on the financially weaker party....

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divorced man with empty wallet
4.12.2023 | Lisa Pepper

My spouse is going bankrupt. Will it affect...

Divorce and Bankruptcy In 2022, more than 1 in 10 businesses reported a moderate-to-severe risk of insolvency. More than one in five (22%) of...

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separation agreement
29.11.2023 | Lisa Pepper

What is a Separation Agreement?

Introduction to separation agreements A separation agreement is a document that can be prepared  when you want to stop living...

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spousal maintenance
28.11.2023 | Harriet McMorrin

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Spousal Maintenance Spousal maintenance is a legal obligation to provide financial support to a former spouse after the marriage or...

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25.11.2023 | Hannah Goldstein

The 6 Most Common Reasons Why Couples Get Divorced

What are the most common reasons for divorce? Following the UK’s transition to a no-fault divorce system, couples no...

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23.11.2023 | Lisa Pepper

What is Coercive Control?

Coercive Control Law Domestic abuse comes in many forms and it isn’t always physical. When it involves a campaign...

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17.11.2023 | Isabelle James

Public Law Working Group Interim Report on Adoption...

Time for change? A recent interim report has been published by the Public Law Working Group Adoption Sub-Group (‘the Group’)...

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30.10.2023 | Claire Andrews

What is a Conditional Order?

The introduction of no-fault divorces in England and Wales removed the need to assign blame for the breakdown of a...

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29.10.2023 | Claire Andrews

What is a consent order?

Most divorcing couples agree on how their finances will be divided without going to court. A consent order is what...

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12.9.2023 | Mark Freedman

Family law award nomination for Osbornes Law

The family team at Osbornes have been shortlisted as finalists at the Family Law Awards 2023. Our family department are one...

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22.8.2023 | Sarah Norman-Scott

Does Britney’s Spears Prenup Protect Her Assets?

News has emerged of Britney’s marriage breakdown earlier this month when Sam Asghari filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences....

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child maintenance
16.8.2023 | Lisa Pepper

Child Maintenance for High Earners

How much should be paid? When separating or divorcing parents cannot agree the amount of child maintenance to be paid, (...

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25.7.2023 | Maria Kitsiou

Parental Conduct and Child Arrangements

The Role of Family Dynamics in Child Arrangement Cases In proceedings involving children, the parents should consider the impact their...

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28.6.2023 | Sarah Norman-Scott

Why It Is Important to Involve First Class...

Prenups have historically have a bad reputation, but they are starting to lose the negative stigma and are now common...

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19.5.2023 | Simon Nosworthy

Declaration of Trust for Property

If you are buying a property jointly, you may want to consider making a declaration of trust to record your...

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cohabitation agreement
22.3.2023 | Sarah Norman-Scott

Cohabitation agreement solicitors

Unmarried couples who live together do not have the same legal protection as married couples and civil partners when they...

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22.3.2023 | Sarah Norman-Scott

What is Parental Responsibility?

Understanding Parental Responsibility Parental responsibility is the legal term used to describe parents’ duties and responsibilities for their children. These...

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7.3.2023 | Isabelle James

What is legal parenthood and how is it...

This issue was in the news recently, when a married Oklahoma same-sex couple were in court over a dispute about...

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8.2.2023 | Jema Thaker

Severance of a Joint Tenancy

Severing a Joint Tenancy Normally, when couples buy a property together they do so as joint tenants. This means they...

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8.2.2023 | Jema Thaker

Tenants in Common vs Joint Tenants

Tenants in Common vs Joint Tenants: Which is best for buying a property together? When buying a property with someone...

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Prenup agreement and gavel
7.12.2022 | Lisa Pepper

Judge ignores pre-nuptial agreement but factors in non-matrimonial...

Case Law One of the reasons I am still passionate about family law, after 20 years in the field, is that...

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31.8.2022 | Isabelle James

What if my partner predeceases me before we...

A review of a recent case concerning consent during fertility treatment. When going through fertility treatment as a couple, it...

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31.8.2022 | Isabelle James

Declaration of parentage after mistake at register office

Recently in the news has been the outcome of the case of Osborne & Anor v Cambridgeshire County Council [2022] EWHC 1982 (...

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30.8.2022 | Lisa Pepper

Do You Have To Go To Court For...

Can you divorce without going to court? If your divorce is uncontested and there are no disputes over issues such...

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2.8.2022 | Isabelle James

New strategy to make fertility treatment more accessible

In July 2022, the Department of Health for England released its strategy aimed at improving Women’s Health. While women represent 51%...

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5.7.2022 | Isabelle James

Proposed Changes to Gamete Donor Anonymity Laws in...

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has proposed changes to the law surrounding gamete donor anonymity in the UK....

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london property
9.6.2022 | James Mayall

TOLATA Claims

What are trusts of land? Property ownership is not always a straightforward legal issue, particularly where the parties are cohabitees...

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5.5.2022 | Joanne Wescott

Mesher Orders Explained

What is a Mesher order? A Mesher Order allows the sale of the family home to be postponed in the...

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12.4.2022 | Lisa Pepper

Mediation or Arbitration: What’s best for my...

Is arbitration or mediation better in a divorce? Few divorcing couples want to end up in court, which is why...

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8.12.2021 | Kesha Pabari

Do I need permission to take a child...

The Importance of Getting Permission Before Taking a Child Abroad Taking a child abroad requires more than just booking flights...

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18.11.2021 | Isabelle James

Legal considerations in the surrogacy process

What Are My Surrogacy Options at Home and Abroad? When you’re considering surrogacy as an intended parent, you may...

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adoption
20.10.2021 | Isabelle James

Birth parent fails to overturn adoption order

Most adoption applications go through smoothly and it is only in the minority of cases that birth parents seek to...

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21.9.2021 | Isabelle James

Changes in Fertility Law Benefit Families

Following campaigning by those working in the fertility sector and public consultation in 2020, the Government announced on 6th September 2021 that...

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father and son
11.3.2021 | Lisa Pepper

Financial responsibilities of father on divorce

What are the financial responsibilities of a father for a child? The period drama Bridgerton, the runaway success of the...

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prenuptial agreement
5.3.2021 | Lisa Pepper

Can you contest a prenuptial agreement?

Contesting a prenup Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are getting a divorce after nearly seven years of marriage.  According to...

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24.9.2020 | Claire Andrews

How to Annul a Marriage

What is a marriage annulment? Annulment is a different way to end a marriage. Unlike divorce, which legally ends a...

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9.8.2019

Celebrating surrogacy and raising awareness

National Surrogacy Week (5-11 August) is back again and celebrating surrogacy in the UK. This valuable week helps to raise...

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adoption
25.3.2019 | Naomi Angell

Russian Adoptions

Adopting a baby from Russia can give a chance of a family to a child who would otherwise spend their...

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hampstead house
25.3.2019 | Lisa Pepper

Financial Rights of Cohabiting Couples: Case Law

Introduction to Gow v Grant [2012] UKSC 29 Gow v Grant [2012] UKSC 29 is a decision of the Supreme Court dealing with the...

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25.3.2019 | Lisa Pepper

Do You Pay Child Maintenance if Your Ex...

Does cohabiting with a new partner affect child support? – Case Law The case X v Y (Maintenance Arrears: Cohabitation) (2012) considered...

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25.3.2019 | Mark Freedman

What is Family Arbitration?

Arbitration can be a useful avenue for couples who wish to avoid the cost and acrimony of court proceedings or...

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25.3.2019 | Lisa Pepper

Common Law Partners: Legal Status & Rights

Understanding the Legal Status of a Common Law Partner in England Although many people may consider themselves as a ‘common...

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25.3.2019

Unlicensed fertility treatment and paternity – new clarification in...

The issue in contention was whether it could be ruled that Mr H, the now ex-husband of the child in...

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31.1.2019

Change in Surrogacy Law

Surrogacy Law has just been changed to enable a single person to apply for a parental order in applications for...

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26.2.2018

Thai Case Shines The Light on International Surrogacy

This week, a story reported by the Telegraph raises some interesting questions about international surrogacy. The reporting states that a 28...

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19.1.2016

Sperm donors: licensed clinics v unlicensed donations

The issue of unlicensed sperm donors and online sperm donors has once again recently been raised in the media following...

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19.6.2012

No pre-nuptial agreement for ‘California girl’ Katy Perry

After filing for divorce in December 2011 it has now become clear that Russell Brand and Katy Perry did not sign...

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17.6.2010 | Lisa Pepper

When did Prenups become Enforceable in the UK?

On 20th October 2010, the highest court in the land had the final say in one of the most eagerly awaited...

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