It’s official – divorces do increase in January

Christmas is a very difficult time of year for people who are unhappy in a relationship. The incidents of domestic violence rises significantly during that period. The combination of financial [...]

More people arrested for coercive control but only 1 in 6 charged

New Police figures have revealed an increase in the number of people arrested for ‘coercive control’, but still only one in six are charged with the offence. On 31 December 2015, controlling or [...]

What is coercive control and what does it mean for victims of Domestic Abuse?

Over the last 20 years Domestic Abuse charities, campaigners and lawyers have worked tirelessly to highlight domestic abuse as being a serious crime and something which society should not [...]

Law set to change for Domestic Violence

It looks as though things may be set to change in the Family Courts with regards to their approach to domestic violence. The Court in Children Act proceedings where there has been domestic [...]

Brad and Angelina – Lessons to be learned

We found out in the middle of September that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were separating after a 10 year relationship.  Brad and Angelina married on the 23rd August 2014 but their [...]

Domestic Violence and Johnny Depp- What We Can Learn

The stormy marriage of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has hit the headlines recently. There are allegations that Depp tried to suffocate Heard with a pillow. Heard also applied for a restraining [...]

Separation and How the Courts Treat Dance

As a mum of a 12 year old dancer, I know just how much work goes into dancing both by the children, and also by the parents. I stop short of calling myself a “dance mum” for fear of evoking [...]

What Will Happen to My Pension When I Divorce

When a marriage breaks down pension is treated as an important matrimonial asset the value of which should be shared fairly between the separating couple. Where parties have been in a long [...]

The Rising Costs of Divorce

We were one of the only firms to announce the increase in the court administration fee with regards to divorce petitions in March 20016.  The administration fee rose from £410 to issue a divorce [...]

Tips for Silver Splitters – How to Make the Best of your Retirement on Divorce

There is a rise in “grey divorces”.  In 2011, 16,000 people aged 60 plus divorced, which was almost twice as many as 10 years earlier.  Quite often, those divorcing upon retirement bring a [...]