Family Law

Thinking about breaching an Order of the Court? Think again!

Following on from our article “Divorce – could I be sent to prison?” dated 1st March 2013, it has recently been reported that the former wife of multimillionaire Michael Prest asked the High Court to send her former husband to prison for failing to pay the divorce settlement due to her. In 2011, Michael Prest […]

Inheritance Claims and Cohabiting Couples

Will my partner receive any inheritance from me if I die first and we are not married? Yes, if you wish your partner to do so and you state so in a valid Will. And, yes, maybe even if you don’t. Making a Will to provide financially for your family or to ensure that your […]

Forced Marriage

On 16th June 2014 forced marriage became a criminal offence. Section 120 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 section 63CA is inserted into the Family Law Act 1996.  That provision created the criminal offence of breaching a forced-marriage protection order. Section 121 of the 2014 Act makes it a criminal offence to use […]

Revolution or Evolution?

Over recent months we have been highlighting proposed changes to the family law system in England and Wales.  Now those changes are very much with us, having come into force on 22nd April 2014, and they can be seen in all their glory, for better or for worse.  They represent a considerable change to the […]

Cohabitation law reforms desperately needed?

Every year the judiciary heralds the need for a reform of cohabitation law for those couples who choose not to marry.  I am reliably informed that this issue has been on the radar for more than 40 years! Any reform is likely to see legislative changes which seek to put cohabiting couples on more of […]

Plans for Judge-free Divorces!

Following the extensive changes to the family justice system at the end of April, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, is proposing a further radical tranche of changes. At a recent press conference Sir James mooted plans for judge-free divorces.  This proposal appears to stem from criticism about the way the court system […]

No-nups -v- Cohabitation Agreements

Outside of marriage or civil partnership, there is no status under English law as a common-law spouse or partner