Collaborative Law – In It Together

The divorce process has evolved quite significantly in recent years. No longer purely court-based, it now offers couples a range of options when it comes to reaching agreement about the terms on which they’ll separate and move on from one another. Decisions about the division of assets, for example, used to be something that a […]

Interview On The Julia George Show

Please click on the link to listen to Susi Gillespie’s interview on the Julia George show in Radio Kent on 9th April following the Justice Minister David Gauke’s announcement that divorce law would be reformed resulting in ‘no fault divorce’ law.  This move is welcomed by Susi who has been campaigning with Resolution to bring […]

Did Divorce Day Live Up To The Hype?

January 7th. The first working Monday of 2019, dubbed ‘Divorce Day’. The media played on the likely onslaught of divorce petitions filed by warring couples that had reached the end of their tether after a tense festive period. Emotional and financial strains exacerbated by Christmas would tip people over the edge. Divorce Day would be […]

The Enduring Marriage of Mr and Mrs Owens

This time last year we wrote about the beginning of Mr and Mrs Owens’ journey to the highest court in the UK. Mrs Owens was hoping to be granted a divorce from her husband; something that she had been denied because of a failure to meet the necessary threshold. The Supreme Court has now spoken, […]

Online divorce – a step in the right direction?

The long-awaited online divorce procedure is here. Introduced the Ministry of Justice and trialled in selected areas, the option to file your divorce application, pay the fee and submit supporting documentation online is no open to everyone in England and Wales. How does online divorce work? The new online divorce service doesn’t offer an end […]

The real life of The Split

Are you watching ‘The Split’? It’s the latest in a line of glossy legal dramas that we’re all familiar with. From the days of Ally McBeal and North Square, to Silk and now The Split, there seems to be an endless appetite for legal drama. Divorce is one of those areas that lends itself to […]

Avoid the worry of an invalid divorce

If you and your partner have gone through the heartbreak of realising that your relationship isn’t going to work, dealt with all the paper work relating to divorce, made the decisions about who gets what, and sorted out arrangements for your children, the last thing you want to discover is that for some reason or […]

5 Things to consider before turning to Divorce

Separating from a partner is a significant decision that is most definitely not to be made lightly. There are many factors to consider before making the final decision to go ahead with a split. Below is a list of 5 considerations to make before going down the legal route and filing for divorce. 1. Communication […]

Owens v Owens goes to the Supreme Court

‘Irretrievable breakdown’ to be considered by the Supreme Court We featured the Court of Appeal’s decision in Owens v Owens on our blog a few weeks ago. The judgement that, as a matter of law, the marriage between Tini Owens and her husband Hugh had not ‘irretrievably broken down’ was a blow to those of […]

Short Marriage – Eating away at the principle of the 50/50 split?

The latest headline-grabbing ruling from the Court of Appeal suggests that in the case of a short marriage, the principle of financial equality in divorce may be set aside. The Court of Appeal has recently delivered a judgement in which it departed from the principle of a 50:50 split of the assets built up during […]

10 tips to negotiate the school holidays after divorce

Just as life changes when you get married, on divorce, it changes again. This is particularly the case if there are children from the relationship. With the long summer holiday coming up, you may be realising that the 6 week holiday period can be a bit of a minefield. You need to balance your wishes […]

Relocation – 5 things to consider about the ‘fresh start’

Even if your divorce has proceeded relatively smoothly and with minimal animosity, things may change if one of you is considering a relocation.  A decision by the parent who is the primary carer of the children of the relationship to move away, taking the children with her, is likely to sour even the most amicable […]

So, you think you’re a genius?

As Ryan Giggs seeks to convince the divorce courts that his ‘genius’ means he is entitled to more than 50% of the assets from his marriage, we look at the ‘yardstick of equality’ and consider Giggs’ chances. There are many issues for a couple to disagree over when unpicking a marriage. However, in broad terms, […]

Marriage breakdown: the benefits of collaborative law

Collaborative Law is a form of Dispute Resolution that is still relatively unknown and under-used, yet offers a number of benefits to couples whose marriages have broken down and who are looking for an alternative to a lengthy and acrimonious court battle. Avenues to divorce Marriage breakdown is never easy – and unlikely to have […]