The UK government has resisted making a decision on the future of civil partnerships but the Court of Appeal has now told the government that time is running out. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have campaigned since 2014 for a change in the law. On 21 February 2017 the Court of Appeal refused to allow their application for a judicial review of the government’s decision not extend the civil partnership regime to opposite-sex couples. To do so, the Court said, would be to micro-manage government policy and it was legitimate for the government to take time to make a proper assessment. However, the Court of Appeal made it clear that it was their unanimous view that the bar constituted a potential violation of their human rights under Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) and Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention. Continue reading
This month two disgruntled ex-husbands have hit the headlines – both fighting in the Court of Appeal to reduce or terminate the monthly maintenance they are paying to their former wives. Continue reading
Leading family lawyer Sharon Ser, alongside professional support lawyer Philippa Hewitt, have recently contributed a chapter on Hong Kong family law to a new guide comparing family law around the world.
A good divorce is one that is as painless as possible. Sorting the finances out can be a painful part of the divorce process. The cost – both financial and emotional – of court litigation should not be underestimated. The delays in the court system mean that proceedings are often dragged out. Continue reading
‘Stop playing the blame game’. It is one of the worst kept secrets to a ‘good marriage’. Could it also be the key to a ‘good divorce’? Continue reading
You will be aware of the bizarre and unusual facts of this ‘new age traveller turned eco- millionaire’ case from the extensive press coverage it has received through its journey to the Supreme Court and now as the parties have reached settlement, so we will not recite them now. Continue reading
As a family lawyer, I am most often engaged by clients who need help disentangling themselves from a marriage which has ended. I help them work out what financial arrangements would be most appropriate and what arrangements could work best for any children. Continue reading
Family law is a dynamic area and 2015 has been no exception with changes occurring in the law and also in how we practice.
We are now all online – and (like it or not) we all have an online presence. Sometimes that online presence is cultivated and willingly shared. Sometimes it is as a consequence of unwanted publicity. By using key internet search terms, people are more easily identifiable and traceable than ever before. This has a direct impact on the effectiveness of anonymising family Court judgments, when certain key facts in the case can reveal by searching on ‘Google’ who the parties are (and perhaps, consequently, where they live). Continue reading
If you found out that your spouse was on the Ashley Madison dating website, would you want to divorce? Yes, no, maybe? Whatever you might choose to do, it raises the question of whether membership of the website is sufficient from a legal perspective to petition for divorce.