Do prenuptial agreements work? Are they binding?


What are prenuptial agreements? Prenuptial agreements are agreements entered into, PRE/before marrying or entering into a civil partnership to protect and ring-fence the assets and financial interests of one, or the other, or both parties about to marry. What about the romantic element of marriage? Yes?…Not really, no. When it comes to prenuptial agreements, romance READ MORE

Divorce Consent Orders – Important? Necessary?


The Supreme Court’s decision in Wyatt v Vince should serve as a reminder to divorcing couples that financial settlements should be finalised at the time of the divorce. Most clients, sensibly seek to resolve the financial aspect of the divorce through mediation or by negotiations, keeping court involvement and legal costs to a minimum. The READ MORE

Common law marriage – the myth, the reality, the solution


The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that the number of cohabiting couples has doubled over the past 20 years, to an astounding 5.9 million; 20% of whom have no intention to marry or enter into a civil partnership in the future. Despite this substantial increase, there remains a common public misconception that cohabiting couples READ MORE

Pre and Post nuptial agreements – a few key pointers.


It has been an interesting journey for those who have entered in to pre and post nuptial agreements over the last 5 years. The law relating to Nuptial Agreements has developed following the Supreme Court decision in Radmacher – V – Granatino when it was decided that when considering the role of the Nuptial Agreement READ MORE

Child contact where parents are divorced – complex and contradictory ?


Where there are children involved in a  divorce, the law is very clear – the needs of the child come first. However, as with all legal situations, every case  is different and there are nuances and things can change as a child grows up and  matures. A common question we are asked in sutuations where, READ MORE

Divorce and short marriage – age is equally important as length


In all the stress and upheaval of divorce, clients often want concrete answers – unfortunately, there are so many factors that impact the likely financial order a court would make (in the event that divorce finances can’t be agreed and must be determined by the court – it is generally better to reach a settlement READ MORE

Uncontested divorce procedure


If a divorce is uncontested then the process is a relatively straightforward one and it should not be necessary to actually attend court. It is essentially a paper exercise. However, it is essential that all the paperwork is completed properly as mistakes can be costly and delay the process. READ MORE

Specific Issue Order in family law


When parents separate whether they are married or not a number of important issues relating to the upbringing of any children of the family can arise. It is always best for all the parties involved and most particularly for the children if agreement can be reached on those issues or if possible some sort of READ MORE

Going to see a family lawyer – is there a right time ?


For some people this is easy – your marriage or relationship has broken down, you have accepted this and are ready to move on. Seeing a family/divorce solicitor is simply the next step in order to get the process started. Or you may have received a letter from your partner’s solicitor or even a divorce READ MORE

Trust funds,disputes between children & parents & underlying legal principles


Disputes relating to family trusts I have recently received a number of enquiries and cases involving children who have savings, or who have been left an inheritance from grandparents in a Will, or who have money available to them by way of a Trust. I suppose given the current financial gloom, that people who find READ MORE