Common law marriage is a myth

Common law marriage is a myth. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as common law marriage in England and Wales. The law for separating unmarried couples is completely different to those who are married or who are in a civil partnership. Upon divorce, the court uses use the statutory factors in section […]

Thomas Mansfield Family team recognised as leading law firm by The Legal 500

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors’ family team has broken into The Legal 500, a leading legal directory which analyses and ranks law firms across the UK on the quality of their expertise, client service and standing in the market. The achievement comes as the team, led by Susi Gillespie, continues to grow rapidly, adding headcount and increasing […]

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors strengthens Family law practice with double hire

Specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has strengthened its Family law practice amid increasing demand for its services. The firm has welcomed lawyers Amelia Montgomery from a London based firm Woodfords Solicitors LLP, and Martina D’Avino from Tier 1 Legal 500 regional firm Tees Law. Amelia and Martina advise on all aspects of family law […]

The role of the lawyer in the mediation process

Alice Scambler, Partner in the Family Law Department of Thomas Mansfield Solicitors, featured in the May/June issue of The Review magazine published by a community of family justice professionals, Resolution. Alice offers an overview of the workshop “The role of the lawyer in the mediation process” that took place at the National Conference 2021. Members […]

Family Court quarterly statistics: a call for alternatives to courts

Alice Scambler, Partner in the Family Law Department of Thomas Mansfield Solicitors, has featured in the Solicitors Journal reiterating the advantages of the alternatives to courts. As a qualified solicitor and mediator, Alice advocates for out-of-court solutions as much as possible, and especially in cases where children are involved. In her article, she points out […]

The private route to resolving issues

The family court is vital and irreplaceable. Its structure, boundaries and rules make for a fair process and predominantly fair outcomes. The skills of judges in cutting through multi-faceted issues mean that families leave with workable solutions. And people who are subject to a home-life of violence and harassment can get swift protection.     However, the […]

“We disagree on vaccinating our child”

Many experts are calling for children over the age of 12 to be vaccinated against Covid-19 ‘as soon as possible’. That’s in order to achieve herd immunity against the Delta variant.  And while this may be an important step in protecting the population and keeping youngsters in school, it will raise strong feelings and concerns […]

Laying down the law on domestic abuse

The Domestic Abuse Bill has received Royal Assent. This means that some significant improvements to the way in which domestic abuse should be dealt with, and its victims protected, are now firmly set out in law.

Thomas Mansfield’s Guildford team raises money for legal services in the South East

Members of Thomas Mansfield’s Guildford office participated in the 10km Guildford Legal Walk through the Surrey countryside on 30 June 2021. The aim was to collect money for London Legal Support Trust, an independent charity that raises funds for free legal services in London and the South East. The Guildford Legal Walk is one of […]

Latest statistics show increase in Family Court cases

The Ministry of Justice has released the Family Court statistics for January to March 2021.

The court system seems to be maintaining its recovery from the COVID pandemic, but since the last quarterly review there has been an increase in the number of cases commenced in the Family Courts, with a rise in financial remedy applications (29%), domestic violence (15%) private law (5%) and matrimonial and adoption cases  (1%).

No-fault divorce pushed back to 6 April 2022

News broke last week that the introduction of the much anticipated reform of divorce law in England and Wales has been delayed. Head of Thomas Mansfield’s Family team, Susi Gillespie, said: “Whilst it is disappointing that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (‘no-fault divorce’) will not now come into effect until 6th April 2022 […]

Divorce patterns

A recent study reported that couples with teenage daughters are more likely to divorce than those that have sons.  This is particularly common among first-time parents of 15-year-old girls. The reason being that this is a stressful period for parents who may have different views on how to deal with the challenging behaviour that some […]

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors expands its international family law team

Specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield Solicitors welcomes Gemma Fuentes Romero to its international family law team. Gemma practices English and Welsh law in the UK and Spain. She joins from a Spanish law firm in London and, prior to that, a boutique international family law firm in Madrid. Qualified in 2019, Gemma advises clients in […]

“Let’s live together”

Moving in with a partner is a milestone. It’s the merging of clothes, cutlery and customs. It’s the beginning of a new chapter, and one that’s usually embarked on enthusiastically. But for all the excitement and the frivolity that comes with tussling over control of the TV remote, there are some serious legal issues in […]