What is co-parenting and where to find help?

In 2017, there were 8.4 divorces per 1,000 married men and women. When children are involved it may make the process of divorce feel more daunting. However, help on co-parenting is on offer. This is otherwise known as joint parenting; where parents have separated and no longer live with one another but they cooperate in order to raise their child in the most easily and stress-free way for both parent and child. What is co-parenting? Co-parenting takes time. It will not be easy at first; emotions will be difficult and at this time everyone involved will need support when re-balancing...

Will a new divorce law end the ‘blame game’?

You may have heard of the Government introducing a Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which was announced by the Justice Secretary, David Gauke on 9 April 2019. This is the biggest shakeup of divorce law in 50 years and many of you are questioning whether it will reform the “blame game” or not. Under the current legislation of England and Wales, for a couple to divorce they must live apart for a certain period or satisfy that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. As a result, this is being perceived as accusing one partner be “at fault”. For more information...

Pre -Nuptial Agreements – How romantic…or not?

What is a Pre -Nuptial Agreements? an agreement that a couple enter into before they tie the knot which sets out how they have decided to split their wealth in the event of a divorce. How romantic. As well as arranging flowers, caterers, outfits, venue and music, there is one more crucial thing to arrange – an appointment with the solicitor to talk about a divorce – an eventuality that should not even be contemplated in the build up to a marriage. What a dampener. So why consider it? Marriage is a difficult relationship. Even for the most optimistic of...

How much can you get for your housing disrepair claim?

When: Your property has deteriorated or in other words negatively changed from what it was at the time you moved in and If you have notified your landlord in writing and Given him a reasonable time to correct the situation and When a landlord has failed to carry out such repairs to a house or flat you reside in, you can claim compensation. The compensation can be awarded to the tenant in addition to two other heads of claim which are listed as follows. Household repairs; Compensation for pain, suffering and amenity; and legal costs for the housing disrepair claim...

What is housing disrepair?

What is housing disrepair? Do you have a claim for housing disrepair against your landlord or housing association? In simple terms, housing disrepair is when the condition of a rented house or flat, either through social housing or a private landlord, has deteriorated or changed negatively in comparison to the state of the dwelling at the time you moved in. This can be damage or deterioration to the exterior that is connected to or forms part of the actual dwelling or interior of the house or flat, their structure and common parts in case of a building divided into flats....

Domestic violence and contact with children – the court’s approach

Historically, the family courts have always presumed that contact is in the best interests of the child. Following years of domestic violence perpetrated on women and children by absent parents who were granted contact orders, a report published in 2006 recommended a change to judicial practice in moving away from the presumption of contact to contact that is safe and positive for the child. There followed the issuing by the President of the Family Division in 2008 of Practice Direction 12J – Child Arrangements and Contact Order: Domestic Violence and Harm. In 2010, this was substantially revised to contain a...

Rights of cohabitants – or no rights?

Cohabitation is widespread and is becoming ever more common.  National figures show that cohabitation is the fastest growing family type in the UK having doubled in the last 10 years including couples of same sex.  So who is a cohabitant?  The legal definition is  ‘two persons who are neither married to each other nor civil partners of each other but are living together as husband and wife or as if they were civil partners’  (s.62 (1)(a) Family Law Act 1986). This would include those couples living together who are ‘married’ in the UK under their own religious laws & customs...

How do I start a divorce proceeding?

There might come a point in your life where you feel that divorce is the only option you have. In such an unfortunate time, you will need to be clear on how you can start the divorce proceedings. In this post, we’ll explain the process of starting divorce proceedings in simple terms. In order to get a divorce, you need to have been married for one year. We explain this in more detail in our post here. To start the divorce you will need to the following: 1)    File a document, called a Petition, to the Court to initiate the...

Nikah (Islamic Marriage) and Matrimonial Rights in the UK

A recent court case, Akhtar vs Khan, received sensational attention in the British press. The reason? It dealt with the status of a Nikah, – a marriage entered into under Sharia Law. The parties were Mrs Akhtar and Mr Khan who had “married” through a Nikah in 1998. Despite Mrs Akhtar seeking to register the ‘marriage’ under civil laws, Mr Khan was not so agreeable and eventually refused to go through with a civil ceremony. Mrs Khan petitioned for a divorce in 2016. Mr Khan defended the divorce on the basis that the parties had not entered into a valid...