Family Law

Northern Irish same-sex couple go to court over marriage ban

A Northern Irish couple has initiated a challenge to lift the ban on same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland on the grounds of unlawful discrimination. The couple married in London in 2014; however, upon returning to Northern Ireland their marriage was not recognised as legal. In response the couple has filed now a case with at […]

Needs of children more important than nuptial agreements

High Court refuses to leave heiress in ‘relative luxury’ and husband in ‘relative penury’ A High Court judge has set aside a prenup and two post-nuptial agreements made by a wealthy heiress and her husband, to protect the “reasonable requirements” of their three children. The Law Commission outlined plans for binding ‘nuptial agreements’ last week, but they would only […]

Civil partnership registrations fall by 70% in a year

Decline follows the introduction of same-sex marriage Following the introduction of marriages of same sex couples in March 2014, the number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales has fallen by 70% from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014. The decline in civil partnerships was disclosed in the latest figures produced by the […]

The Hague convention – International Child Abduction

Article by Ayeisha Khandia – Head of Family Department at Fountain Solicitors Many of you may have heard of the Hague convention but never been sure of what it really is and how it could affect you. In brief, The Hague Convention on the civil aspects of International Child Abduction 1980 is unlike other laws […]

UK supreme court to consider impact of fraud in divorce settlements

Varsha Gohil and Alison Sharland seek to reopen cases, claiming ex-husbands misled divorce courts about true value of their assets. Alison Sharland received £10m from her ex-husband when they divorced, believing it was half his fortune, before coming to the conclusion that his Manchester software company was worth many more millions of pounds. Her case […]

Cohabitation – What Does it Mean Legally for You and Your Partner?

The sad fact is that there may be no legal protection for you, if you split up with your cohabitation partner. With more than 6 million cohabiting couples in the UK, this leaves a lot of people legally vulnerable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been with your partner 1 month or 80 years, if you […]