What are a step-parent’s rights in divorce?
Step-parents are often portrayed in popular culture as distant, malevolent influences – you only have to think of Snow White to get a picture of the archetypical “evil step-mother”.
Changing family structures could complicate holiday plans
The changing nature of family structures and the rise of ‘blended’ families and couples choosing not to marry means it is not unusual for a parent to have a different surname to their dependent children.
Agreeing contact with children in divorce
When a relationship breaks down parents will need to reach an agreement on the arrangements for their children.
Keeping children safe in divorce
Divorce introduces massive change into the life of a child, no matter what age. Adjusting to going back and forth between two different households, the daily absence of one parent while living with the other, creates a challenging new family circumstance.
What is Kefalah? – A legal primer on Islamic adoption
Kefalah is the Islamic equivalent of legal adoption as defined by the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002). Here, we explore the differences between the two.
Reducing stress on relationship breakdown
April is Stress Awareness month, co-incidentally happening just as divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled to enable a couple to end their marriage more easily and put an end to fault-based petitions.
Concierge wins £1.3m from heiress despite pre-nup
A hotel concierge who married an Avon Cosmetics heiress has been awarded £1.3million despite having signed a pre-nuptial agreement.
Does the Gender of Your Divorce Lawyer Make a Difference?
Often we see or hear of clients asking for a divorce lawyer of a specific gender to represent them.
Self-Help or Self-Harm?
Divorce rule changes mean that using the ‘self-help’ remedy to obtain full and verifiable financial information could be harmful if the correct procedures are not followed.
The implications of a no-deal Brexit for divorce
Following the ‘meaningful vote’, the historically huge defeat of the existing Brexit deal in the House of Commons and the ongoing constitutional contortions, it’s still unclear what Brexit will finally look like.
Does Akhter v Khan mean that English Law now recognises Shariah Marriages?
At first glance, it might appear from the reported case of Akhter v Khan that we have now finally arrived at the stage where English civil law has recognised an Islamic marriage (Nikah) which has been performed in England and Wales.