How are the courts dealing with covid-19?

Coronavirus has had a big impact on the court system. If you have an ongoing family law case, or are getting divorced, or need to apply to court, this will affect you. The courts were already struggling with the amount of work, particularly... Read more

Impact of covid-19 on divorce settlements

Covid-19 has turned the world on it's head. Here we take a look at how it may affect your divorce settlement. If you separate, you need to sort out your finances - the house, pensions, investments, perhaps a family business. You might agree... Read more

Legal fees – do I have to pay them?

Legal fees are expensive – there’s no getting away from that. The usual rule in family proceedings is that each person pays their own legal fees. This is different to other civil litigation, where generally if you lose you will be ordered to pay... Read more

Pensions on divorce

After two years of investigating, the Pension Advisory Group has published their report which can be found here. This is excellent, a very useful resource, giving much needed advice and making recommendations about how pensions should be dealt with... Read more

Maintenance orders – where are we now?

If you divorce, the court can make maintenance orders (technically called spousal periodical payments). This is separate from and in addition to child maintenance. Child maintenance is money paid by one parent to another, to help fund the costs... Read more

How to avoid court

Nobody wants to end up in court. Everyone knows that going to court is expensive, slow and stressful. but sometimes it feels like the only option, if you reach the point where you and your former partner simply cannot agree. There are other options... Read more