News & Commentary

Here is our thinking on recent family news and issues, and how these might impact you.
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In the UK we typically see a surge in divorce enquiries in January.  Either because the extra pressure of Christmas has deepened relationship cracks to breaking point, or because couples choose to delay the difficult decision to break up until the New Year - usually for the sake of children and family.

Cohabitation

This year Resolution, a national group of 3,500 family lawyers who believe in resolving family disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, have focussed their annual awareness week on cohabitation, an area in where little legal progress has been made and we believe that needs to change to better reflect the modern family.

In February 2017, the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Mills v Mills case to increase the ex-wife’s spousal maintenance payments 15 years after the divorce came as a bit of a surprise for family lawyers.

Mrs Owens was granted permission last week to appeal to the Supreme Court. She will be supported by Resolution, who see this as an opportunity to shape the course of modern divorce law, and reinforce the need for ‘no fault divorce’.

The divorce rate among the over-50s is rising.  The Office of National Statistics says the number of 'silver divorces' has risen by three- quarters in the past 20 years.