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26 April 2022Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
On 6th April 2022, divorce laws changed for the first time in 50 years in England and Wales with the introduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. This law changes the process of divorce as well as the legal requirements associated with it.  So, what does this mean for you? This article explains all you need to know to understand the positive and simplified changes made to divorce procedures.  Why has the law on divorce changed? This new change to the divorce laws in England and Wales is a welcome change by many in the legal profession. Divorce law…
18 June 2021Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Clear and automatic rights are granted to those who are married or in a civil partnership, however, this is not the case for cohabiting couples. Whether you are about to move in with your partner or have lived with them for a number of years, it is important to know how the law will affect you if the relationship comes to an end.
18 September 2020Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received Royal Assent in June 2020. From August 2021, this new legislation will introduce no-fault divorce as an option for divorcing couples, which is arguably the most significant change to this area of law in England and Wales since in forty years. Following the introduction of this new legislation, couples will be able to use a more conciliatory and reflective approach without the need to attribute blame for the breakdown of the relationship. This, in turn, should reduce the impact of unnecessary conflict between both parties as well as any children involved, ensuring everyone…
04 December 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Making the decision to divorce, or being informed by your spouse that they wish to do so, will often result in strong feelings and emotions. The end of your marriage can be overwhelming – the steps you take to resolve issues arising from the end of your relationship will play a vital role in how matters will be handled and how you can move forward. Here, our expert divorce solicitors provide a list of practical tips to help you manage some of the issues that commonly arise during the divorce process. Concentrate on what will be best for your…
27 November 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
The stress and anxiety that comes with separating from your partner is only exacerbated when there are children involved. In an ideal world, parents would come to an amicable decision between themselves about what is best for their child after separation, but this is not always possible. Mediation can be used, whereby parents are assisted by an independent third party to help reach a joint decision about childcare arrangements rather than going to court where a judge makes the decision. However, if you cannot agree on the best way forward, it is always recommended that you seek legal advice…
15 August 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Last year, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, won a landmark case in the Supreme Court to be entitled to a civil partnership rather than marriage (please see our blog Restricting Civil Partnerships to Same-Sex Couples Breaches Human Rights 12th July 2018). It was considered discriminatory that an opposite-sex couple only has the option of marriage, whereas same-sex couples now have two options to formalise their relationship-marriage or civil partnership. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 to enable same-sex couples to access similar rights, responsibilities and protections as those afforded by marriage. Marriage was not available to them until legislation in…
23 July 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
It has been estimated that around one million children in Britain are denied contact with their grandparents. The reasons vary but include family disputes or grandparents being shut out after divorce or separation.
25 June 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Campaign group, FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru, have prompted a call for a change in the law which presumes shared parental rights in divorce. The proposal would allow for a presumption that where parents separate, the default position would be that children would spend equal time with each of their parents. The campaign follows a YouGov survey which highlights the majority of the public support such a presumption.
30 May 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
Government Ministers have announced that an expert panel will review how family courts protect children and parents in cases involving severe offences, including domestic abuse. The panel will investigate, make recommendations and report back on their findings in three months.
26 April 2019Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Family Law
It has been announced that changes to divorce laws in England and Wales will be introduced to enable couples to separate quicker, and with less acrimony.

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