MLP Law - Family Law
This week saw Heather Ilott, estranged daughter of Melita Jackson, win a decade-long court battle with her mother (and £164k of her estate) after she left her entire estate to … Read more
According to a recent survey almost 25% of people seek to hide some of their assets when negotiating divorce settlements. The only reason for doing so is to frustrate a … Read more
Our head of family law, Theo Hoppen, asks: Do house husbands get a raw deal on divorce?
Based on a recent family court decision, I would say “yes”.
The court … Read more
Well, this is exactly what the ex-wife of US oil baron Harold Hamm did when her ex-husband presented her with a handwritten cheque for $974,790,317.77 (£644 million).
You can see … Read more
A former hippy-turned-windfarm entrepreneur is being challenged in the courts by his ex-wife.
Kathleen Wyatt is seeking a substantial payment from her ex-husband Dale Vince, some 22 years after they … Read more
As part of a series of weekly blogs our head of family law, Theo Hoppen, offers guidance on some frequently asked questions concerning divorce:
1.How much will it cost?
In … Read more
Now that same-sex couples can legally enter into a civil marriage, what do those with a civil partnership do?
Well it’s good news. As of 10 December 2014, civil partnerships … Read more
The CEO of an Oklahoma oil company is involved in a divorce that may result in the largest ever settlement. The husband, Harold Hamm, is the CEO and founder of … Read more
Here is the third in our series of common misconceptions around family law. This week we are tackling the issue of financial claims being extinguished by decree absolute.
In a … Read more
Fathers have the same rights as mothers
When a child is born, the mother automatically acquires “Parental Responsibility” for that child but the father may not.
Parental responsibility covers all … Read more
Over the next few weeks I’d like to share the five Common Misconceptions about family law. The first in our series is on the topic of…
The Common Law Wife… Read more
Yesterday saw the biggest changes to the family justice system in more than a generation.
Single Family Court
The most important is the long awaited launch of the Family Court. … Read more
Family law continues to face many changes in the coming weeks and months. 22 April 2014 sees the launch of The Family Court, replacing the jurisdictions of the Family Proceedings … Read more
It has been reported that a father has been committed to prison for contempt of court for failing to provide details of his financial circumstances in an application for financial … Read more
It has recently been reported in the press that a man has been convicted of attacking his wife in court just as judgement was about to be given in a … Read more
In a speech to family lawyers, Lord Justice Coleridge has called for a “root and branch” overhaul of divorce law and procedure.
He commented that
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“…current divorce and financial provision
One of the most common causes of worry and frustration for divorcing or separating couples is the length of time it can take to negotiate a financial settlement. This can … Read more
Congratulations to all the winners at the Red Ribbon Awards – celebrating excellence in Family Businesses
Congratulations to all the winners at the Red Ribbon Awards – celebrating excellence in Family Businesses. Special mention for Wold Top Brewery (Innovation), Gary Martin of Martin Construction (Entrepreneurship) and … Read more
Matrimonial solicitors understand that the Law Commission is to conduct a review of two aspects of matrimonial finance law.
The review will look at the law that allows married couples … Read more
Family Law Solicitors are awaiting anticipated changes to the law which will mean that children will be given the legal right to have a proper relationship with both their parents … Read more
After long legal battle children’s solicitors have seen the Home Office pay out over £1m in compensation to child asylum seekers unlawfully detained in adult detention centres.
The legal battle … Read more
Divorce solicitors UK wide will soon see the effects of new family law arbitration. The new scheme will be run by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, a joint undertaking … Read more
Divorce lawyers, acting on behalf of couples in the process of a break up, are seeing an increase in unexpected debts when dealing with joint finances.
The Financial Ombudsman Service … Read more
Separation agreements are often a pre-cursor to divorce and, as the New Year is traditionally a time when many decide to end their marriage, many couples will be contacting a … Read more
Manchester Divorce Lawyers, Myers Lister Price Solicitors agree that divorce may well be on the increase among the over 60s.
According to recent figures released by the Office for … Read more
Our Family Law Solicitor’s are considering the possible effect of The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission’s recently published proposal for the new statutory child maintenance scheme. The detailed proposal includes … Read more
It has been recommended that a childrens solicitor be appointed to help angry parents co-operate with social workers and the courts. One the country’s most senior judges, also said that… Read more
The office for National Statistics latest report shows that for the sixth consecutive year there has been a decrease in the number of divorces in England and Wales.
The overall … Read more
Due to a recent change in the law unmarried fathers are now to be given full parental rights. The changes were slipped into the Adoption and Children Bill currently passing … Read more
The recent Family Justice Review has rejected plans to allow parents to share equal custody rights of their children in the event of a split.
The Norgrove Report rejected the … Read more
As a family lawyer I often refer clients to mediation to assist with issues arising out of marital breakdown, specifically issues relating to finances or children. I believe that mediation … Read more
Many married couples want to retain an amicable relationship with their ex following a marital breakdown, maybe because children are involved or because they have simply grown apart and agree … Read more
A survey published this week this week by Save the Children and Daycare Trust has highlighted the impact of high childcare costs on families. The key findings were
- Cost is
According to a survey by leading accountants Grant Thornton of 101 of the UK’s top family lawyers, for the first time since undertaking such surveys in 2003 adultery is no … Read more
With the pressures on household finances increasing by the day many couples are choosing to do their own divorce and do so without seeking legal advice. However, they may get … Read more
A few weeks ago we commented on the recent case of N v. F which concerned pre-acquired wealth (see http://www.mlpsolicitors.co.uk/latest-news/should-your-wealth-accrued-prior-to-marriage-be-liable-to-sharing-when).
It has now been reported in a decision of … Read more
For most, financial planning is just common sense. You may take financial advice with a view to minimising your tax liabilities or ensuring that your loved ones are adequately provided … Read more
The press are reporting that Cheryl Cole has told Ashley that any prospect of a reconciliation is over after tabloid reports of further escapades by the footballer. According to model … Read more
It has just been reported that Galina Besharova, ex-wife of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky has won the biggest ever divorce settlement in Britain. Although the details have not been disclosed … Read more
In a recent judgement, N v F (Financial Orders: Pre-Acquired Wealth), Mr Justice Mostyn was required to consider to what extent the husband’s pre-acquired wealth should be ring fenced upon … Read more
It has recently been reported that Mrs Victoria Beckham is considering the appointment of her celebrity friend Eva Longoria to be a god mother for her fourth child.
When a … Read more
David Cameron in an article for the Sunday Telegraph to mark Father’s Day has stressed the importance of fathers to families and society. The Prime Minister talked about the different … Read more
Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne has denied newspaper reports that he was suicidal after a recently entry on Twitter. It has been reported that this was the result of difficulties … Read more
Charlie Elphicke MP for Dover and Deal has introduced a Private Members Bill which is designed to ensure that children maintain a relationship with both parents on separation. The Bill … Read more
It has been reported that Camille Donatacci the estranged wife of Frasier star Kelsey Grammer will gain at least £19 million from their split as she is a joint owner … Read more