Family

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 […]

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 […]

ADRg Conference in Greece

ADRg Conference in Greece

Sun, Sea and Mediation . . .   When volunteering, most people use the skills that they have developed in their working lives to assist them. I, on the other hand, have been fortunate enough to develop from my voluntary work new skills that I find invaluable, not only in my professional life, but also […]

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