Divorce and separation Financial remedy proceedings Children (Private Law) I joined Moore Barlow in December 2020 as a Paralegal in the Family Department. I am based in the firm’s Richmond office and support my colleagues in providing the high level of service that our clients deserve. In my spare time, I enjoy running, walking and […]
The singer Adele has reached a financial settlement with her former husband, Simon Konecki, nearly two years after their separation. The couple began their relationship in 2011. They married in 2016, and have an 8 year old son. Their separation was announced in 2019, and Adele subsequently filed for divorce. The parties submitted their settlement […]
Family mediation is a way of sorting out any issues you might have about dividing up your finances upon a separation or divorce, and/or to discuss the arrangements for your children. In “classic” family mediation there would be you, your ex-partner / spouse and the mediator. Other professionals or a co-mediator may be involved where […]
On 24 November 2020, the Government announced the positive news that coronavirus restrictions would be relaxed over the Christmas period to allow people to spend Christmas with their friends and family. Everyone, irrespective of the Tier you are currently in, will be allowed form a “Christmas bubble” between 23 and 27 December. There are certain […]
Over the course 2020, it has been widely reported that domestic abuse cases have increased since the country went into lockdown in March. The charity Refuge recently reported that calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline have increased “week on week” over the course of the year, and demand for its services is still increasing. […]
Divorce and separation Financial remedy proceedings Children (Private Law) I advise on a full range of family law matters arising from the breakdown of a relationship between married couples, civil partners and unmarried couples, including divorce, separation, financial and children matters. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2011 with a First Class degree […]
As family lawyers, we work closely with colleagues in other teams to provide expertise to our clients going through relationship or marital break-up. This work could relate to company affairs, or ensuring our separating clients have their Wills and estate planning in order. Such matters often involve our property team. In most relationship breakdowns there’s […]
The Times recently published an article ‘Avoid courts to lessen the pain of family break-ups‘ quoting “We need to move away from legal disputes for separating families to help to build better relationships and cause less harm”. It also mentions the report by The Family Solutions Group and touches upon those recommendations. The message emanating […]
The Family Solutions Group The Family Solutions Group is a sub-group of the Private Law Working Group. It is a multi-disciplinary group with broad and deep expertise in working with separated families in and out of court. We have been tasked with bringing fresh and focused attention to improving the experiences of separating families away […]
Commended this year for its work in Family and Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence*, Moore Barlow’s merger in May was applauded as “a bold move in the middle of a global pandemic” The inclusion of the new firm in this prestigious ranking is a real testimony to the incredible work our lawyers and staff have done and […]
Deals with cases very constructively and very practical and well aware of their clients’ needs.
I have felt very comfortable dealing with them despite the difficulty of the situation and have welcomed their calm, objective and outcome-oriented advice and work.
Approachable lawyers who provide clear and thorough advice and who genuinely believe in and practice all forms of dispute resolution.
Moore Barlow have a very strong team of lawyers across their various offices. They have been a top provider in the field of financial remedies for many years and remain key players. They also have the advantage of a London office and a Richmond office to supplement their traditional bases in Hampshire.
At a time when the health of the nation is of paramount importance and everyone is striving to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting coronavirus, protecting our children from other diseases has been and will continue to be an important decision for parents throughout their kids’ childhood. Following divorce and separation it is […]
Top 100 UK law firm Moore Barlow has launched “The Surrey Initiative” seeking a reform to the Family Procedure Rules (FPR) that will substantially encourage awareness and adoption of out-of-court dispute resolution options in both private law children matters and financial remedies. The proposed reform to Part 3 of the FPR would see cases directed […]
This September poses new challenges for separating couples. We as family lawyers often experience a busy period in September. Sadly, this is the time when, following the summer break, couples facing difficulties within their marriage feel that this is a time to have a new start and to consider their options. This year is also […]
Welcome to the third and last in a series of three podcasts covering protecting family wealth. Katy Barber, senior associate in the family law team discusses the importance of protecting your ownership of a property when cohabiting with a partner.
Welcome to the second in a series of three podcasts covering protecting family wealth. Katy Barber, senior associate in the family law team discusses the importance of planning financial arrangements early on and how pre- and post-nuptial agreements can help protect your wealth.
Welcome to the first in a series of three podcasts covering protecting family wealth. Katy Barber, senior associate in the family law team discusses the issues that may occur when parents and grandparents to loan money to their children and grandchildren.
Sarah French, Partner in the family team explains what family mediation is, how the process works and if it is for you.
As a family law team with a wealth of experience in international cases and cross border divorces, we are regularly instructed by clients who live in other jurisdictions. There are many reasons for moving abroad to live but we are often consulted when a couple have moved overseas for employment reasons. The expat lifestyle can be challenging […]
What is a humanist marriage? A humanist marriage is a non-religious ceremony where you are effectively in control of the format and structure of the day. This type of ceremony is not legally recognised in England and Wales. Unlike a humanist marriage, those that are recognised in this country have religious connotations to them as […]
Many people are understandably eager to conclude the divorce and move on with their lives. This can lead to the temptation to apply for the decree absolute as soon as they are eligible: six weeks and one day from the date of the decree nisi. However, they should think twice before rushing to dissolve the […]
Despite the Covid related difficulties, summer is still the time when children most frequently undertake international travel with a parent to enjoy a holiday abroad or to spend time with a parent living abroad. All too frequently the child is then not returned to the parent who cares for them in the UK, causing distress […]
It has been announced that from 27th July Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) will ask everyone going to court in England to wear a face mask. In Scotland and Wales, wearing face masks will not be compulsory. If you have a valid reason you may be excused from wearing a face mask. These […]
The often stressful, protracted and adversarial process currently in place in the family court can have the effect of worsening conflict between parties, which in turn can cause further trauma for victims of domestic abuse and their children. The family courts often have to conduct cases involving some of the most vulnerable in society, and […]
When a couple decides to divorce, there are often other issues that must be resolved along the way. For many, the family pet is considered another member of the family and trying to decide on the arrangements for who should take care of the dog can be very difficult and saying goodbye can be upsetting. […]
The Government recently announced that from 4th July couples can now get married in England with up to 30 guests and enjoy their wedding ceremonies with rules in place, such as all individuals from different households being at least 2 metres apart, or one metre with risk mitigation if this is not possible.
The recent case of Mr and Mrs Villiers (Villiers v Villiers  UKSC 30) is a reminder that divorce law is different depending on where you live in the UK. Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own laws which are different to those in England and Wales. Mr and Mrs Villiers lived in Scotland for […]
I originally joined the family team as a secretary having worked in family law for many years. I have since begun my training to become a Chartered Legal Executive through CILEx Law School specialising in family law. This has allowed me to assist the team further, support our clients and to develop my knowledge and […]
The President of the Family Division has announced that the functioning of the Family Court is unlikely to return to full and ordinary operation until Spring 2021 and, even by then, there may be a new normal to the court working environment. Most of the court buildings have been closed to the public as a […]
Family lawyers breathed a sigh of relief last night (17 June) when it was announced that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, to introduce no-fault divorce finally cleared through the House of Commons.. The next step is for the bill to receive Royal assent later this year. Receiving Royal assent should be a quick process; […]
One of the unfortunate consequences of the pandemic is that a large number of people have been forced to delay their marriage. Clearly there is some disappointment about this but for those who have been married before, this may in fact be a blessing in disguise. It is a common misconception that when you go […]
The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane last week issued his Road Map indicating that as social distancing restrictions will remain in place for many months it is unlikely that anything approaching a return to the normal court working environment will be achieved before the end of 2020 or even the spring of […]
Improved life expectancy and quality of life has resulted in a rise in the number of divorcing couples over the age of 65. Those separating in the later years of their life are likely to be retired, with one of their most valuable assets being their pension(s). They may also have additional needs which must […]
The pandemic has certainly put a lot of people in difficulties – physically, mentally, financially and socially. This can be especially true for separated couples who need to continue to live together in the current circumstances. However, even before the pandemic, some separated couples might have found themselves in no position to live apart for […]
The trials of family life are different for everyone but in this crisis situation that we are experiencing now thanks to Covid-19 it really increases the pressure on merged or separated families. We have had a number of unique Covid-specific queries from families and individuals living across the South East as well as from abroad, asking […]
Good news, the bill to change divorce law to ‘no fault’ has passed the next stage which was a second reading in the House of Commons with 231 votes for and only 16 against on 8 June 2020. The next stage is for the bill to be considered in detail at committee stage. This proposed […]
While the reforms making no-fault divorce possible are going through a stop-start process in parliament, you might be wondering how long you need to wait until you can get divorced. Clients often come through our doors expecting they’ll need to wait several years – sometimes under very acrimonious circumstances – before they can divorce their […]
Dealing with a divorce is stressful enough but when farmers divorce there are usually additional considerations. It is not uncommon for both spouses to work on the farm, for their matrimonial home to be on the farm, for wider family members to work or live on the farm and for long working hours to be […]
When two parents fall out, and use their child against each other, the court can step in and become the child’s official parents, assuming power over major decisions concerning the child’s life. Wardship may be an ancient form of proceedings, but it plays an important present-day role. In 2017 the Court of Appeal dealt with […]
Mediation I describe myself as a peacemaker and a deal broker. I joined Moore Barlow LLP (formerly Barlow Robbins LLP) in 2006 bringing considerable knowledge and experience as a family lawyer, having specialised in this area for over 30 years. I practise exclusively as a mediator and parenting coordinator assisting couples and families when relationships […]
Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Financial remedies upon divorce/separation Pre and post nuptial agreements Cohabitation agreements/disputes Schedule 1 Children Act I have over 23 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of family law but in particular financial remedies upon divorce/dissolution. I have expertise in dealing with high value cases, particularly those involving business interests […]
I am a trainee solicitor in the family department. I primarily support other solicitors, working within a team for six months at a time. I gain valuable experience working within a range of different teams at Moore Barlow, supporting them in providing the high level of service that our clients have come to expect. Whether […]
Relationship breakdown I advise clients on all aspects of family law, with particular emphasis on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown, including complex cases where there are substantial assets, trusts, pensions and family businesses. I qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and worked in central London, the West Country and Cambridge before moving to Surrey […]
I joined Moore Barlow LLP as a trainee in November 2018 after completing my GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Guildford. Prior to this I studied History and Politics at the University of Hull. I qualified as a Solicitor in November 2020. I provide advice on many aspects of family law in […]
Children (private law) Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Cohabitee disputes and separation agreements Family finance and property issues on divorce/separation Domestic abuse and injunctions Child abduction I deal with all aspects of family law both inside and outside the Court process, including divorce, civil partnership dissolution and financial issues and cohabitee disputes. I have experience […]
Mediation I am an experienced family solicitor who has, until recently, been specialising in all aspects of family law and now practices as an all issues family lawyer mediator. My experience and understanding of the law enables me to offer a structured and informed approach in mediation. I assist couples in resolving issues that arise […]
Family and divorce I advise clients in family law, which entails divorce, resolving financial matters, cohabitee disputes and arrangements for children. I have assisted in high net worth and complex financial cases, including dealing with business and international assets, and trust issues. I have developed expertise in international financial cases, having worked with clients who […]
Children (private law) Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Cohabitee disputes and separation agreements Family finance and property issues on divorce/separation Domestic abuse and injunctions Child abduction Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements I am head of the family team. I have over 15 years’ experience in the complex and sensitive area of family law. I strive to […]
Relationship breakdown Cohabitation agreements I assist clients going through all aspects of relationship breakdown with particular emphasis on situations with complex and high value assets involving businesses, properties, pensions and trusts, frequently with an international dimension. I am also often asked to advise on pre- and post-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, with a view to minimising […]
Children (private law) Cohabitee disputes and separation agreements Divorce and civil partnership dissolution Family finance and property issues on divorce/separation Domestic abuse and injunctions Child abduction Surrogacy I advise clients in relation to many areas of family law, assisting them through what can be a very emotional time. This includes the divorce process coupled with […]
It is a very unsettling and difficult time for us all at the moment, but none more so than for separated couples who find themselves in self-isolation, either together or in separate homes. If this is you or someone you know, you may be wondering how you will ever be able to sort things out […]
Your personal safety is a priority.
Many couples have taken the romantic or maybe the practical decision to live together during the lockdown so they can still see each other. This may have been considered slightly premature in normal circumstances, maybe because your relationship is not a particularly long one or because you haven’t quite worked out how the bills are […]
Being confined to a particular place for an extended period with anyone can be difficult. How much harder is it therefore if you are in the middle of a divorce? Divorcing couples living under the same roof during Coronavirus It is not uncommon for couples to remain under the same roof while dealing with the […]
I am a Partner in the family team. I represent individuals and couples who are facing relationship breakdown. I support clients who are either separating or divorcing. I help them resolve financial matters, and deal with disputes concerning their children – specifically how much time a child or children can spend with each parent. I […]
I specialise exclusively in family law and help clients resolve issues related to the breakdown of their relationship. Many of my clients are in the process of separating or going through a divorce and are looking for help to resolve the division of their assets and financial provision for their children. I regularly act for […]
I am a partner in the family team and have over 28 years experience in all aspects of family law. I help clients at the commencement of their relationship as well as those facing divorce and separation. My clients are drawn from many different professions and industry sectors, both in the UK and abroad, and […]
I am a Senior Associate in the family law team with over 10 years’ specialist experience. I help clients who are facing relationship breakdown and those who are starting out in their relationship who wish to protect their current or future assets. I routinely support clients with matters relating to child arrangements following separation and […]
I am a highly experienced partner specialising in medium to high value family law cases, particularly where there are property portfolios, businesses, farms, unusual or complicated assets and trusts. I am ranked Band 1 as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 for 2020. I am also a top-rated lawyer in Chambers UK 2020. My […]
Now that we are in lockdown we have been advised that the courts are no longer proceeding with the traditional face to face hearings. Instead, we’re all getting used to the prospect of telephone, email or Skype hearings. We have to have some sympathy with the court who are bending under some pressure prior to this […]
The Coronavirus outbreak will have a far-reaching effect on all aspects of life, including income and job security. Your business may be feeling the brunt of it, or your income may have taken a sudden turn as you’ve been asked to take unpaid leave; whatever the case you will be wondering how you can afford […]
The government has issued a national lockdown to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, with people only being allowed to leave their homes for limited purposes and all public gatherings of more than two people being banned (save for where the gathering is of a group of people who live together, or for essential work purposes). […]
Michael Gove had to apologise this morning on BBC Radio 4 for creating confusion over his comments on Good Morning Britain yesterday regarding divorced/ separated families and their child contact arrangements. He said yesterday that during “lockdown” children should not be travelling between separated parents. This is wrong.
We are living in unprecedented times. The next 3- 6 months are going to be really challenging for us all.
The outbreak of COVID-19 (“the Coronavirus”) brings unprecedented times with it, and family law is one of many aspects of life that will no doubt be impacted by this. You may find yourself in self-isolation with your partner, ex-partner or soon to be ex-partner for what might be months wondering what now. You may find […]
On 20th March, the world will celebrate the International Day of Happiness, which is likely not going to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind in light of the current pandemic. This year’s theme is Happier Together, which is not to suggest people should ignore social distancing but instead, focus on what we have in […]
What should you do if you and your household are self isolating, but your child[ren] are due to spend time with their other parent, or family member such as a grandparent over the Easter holidays?
Like many of us who enjoy a gripping legal drama, I have recently enjoyed watching the second series of the BBC’s The Split. It has an extra appeal to me as a practising family lawyer and mediator myself! The main character is top family lawyer Hannah Stern, working for a London niche family law firm. […]
In a divorce or separation often one of the more contentious and emotive issues can be the question of who keeps the pet dog or cat etc. Pets are often regarded as a member of the family. They can provide companionship upon finding yourself without your spouse or partner, and, for adults and any children, […]
Who are the child’s legal parents?
Couples who have a religious marriage in England need to be very aware of their rights otherwise, as history has now taught us, this can come back to haunt you. A religious marriage in England will not be treated as a legally recognised marriage unless it’s followed up by a civil ceremony. If you don’t […]
It might seem impossible but Valentine’s Day and divorce have one thing in common; they can be the beginning of something new, the next chapter in someone’s life. People going through divorce will often ask whether they can and should date other people while divorcing their ex-spouse.
Pre-nuptial agreements (“pre-nups”) have become more popular in recent years, but they are not just for the rich and famous. Following the marriage proposals at Christmas and on Valentine’s Day, and the ladies who proposed on 29th February, more and more couples may now be turning their minds to having a pre-nup as well as […]
The end of a relationship is a difficult time, but it’s important not to rush into decisions.
The most frequently asked questions from our clients in a civil partnership.
When couples separate or divorce they need to sort out how they are going to divide their finances, and the arrangements for any relevant children. Sometimes couples are able to resolve things amicably between themselves but often some professional input and support is needed. There are different ways that divorcing couples can resolve their financial […]
Frequently separating or divorcing partners / spouses want to sort out the division of their finances and/or the arrangements for any relevant children in family mediation but they are worried that their husband / wife / partner may not want to. One partner / spouse would like to mediate as it provides a way for […]
In a landmark case in 2018, a heterosexual couple won the right to enter into a civil partnership. This resulted in a change in the law and, as of 31st December 2019,heterosexual couples who want to legally formalise their relationship can choosewhether to enter into a civil partnership or marry. So, how do you decide […]
What is mediation?
What is arbitration?
Along with the pledge to get healthier, this time of year sees many couples decide that the New Year is going to bring them a fresh start in their home and family life. The thought of starting the process of divorce can be overwhelming and frightening – but much like fad diets, do all divorces […]
Sometimes when a couple divorces it is important to consider which country should and can deal with the divorce. This might be relevant if you were married, for example, in another country but then moved to live here. This might also be relevant if one spouse has moved abroad on the separation. If there a […]
Can I claim on my partners’ house?
The most frequently asked questions from our clients going through a divorce.
Are you thinking about popping the question this Christmas? Or do you think your partner may ask you? If it looks like engagement is on the horizon, many congratulations!
There are a countless number of decisions parents need to make for their children throughout the course of their lives. One of the most important being which school your child attends – which primary school and which secondary school. Children also often look to their parents for advice regarding higher education as well.
Moore Blatch has been recognised by The Times in its prestigious Best Law Firms 2020 list , with a commendation for the firm’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams. This recognition comes after leading industry publication The Lawyer also cited Moore Blatch as a top UK law firm.
Since 5th December 2005 it has been possible for members of the same sex to enter into a civil partnership, whether or not there is any romantic or sexual element. Civil partnerships are governed by very similar rules to marriage regarding their formation and dissolution. For example, close relatives cannot enter into a civil partnership. […]
With Halloween often falling on or around the first half term of the school year, this is usually the first break parents and children enjoy after the summer holidays. A bit of trick or treating can be ideal for letting children blow off some steam. However, for parents that are separated, who has the children […]
Dealing with a divorce is stressful enough, but when farmers divorce there are usually additional considerations. It is not uncommon for both spouses to work on the farm, for their matrimonial home to be on the farm, for wider family members to work or live on the farm, and for long working hours to be […]
There is no one size fits all when it comes to divorce. Every situation is different from the next and some people may find a different approach works best for them but ultimately, everyone has the same goal; a quick and amicable separation. 1. Firstly, consider whether reconciliation is worth exploring. Reconciliation may not seem […]
Imagine that your wedding is just a couple of months away – the happiest day of your life – and your lawyer friend says you should be thinking about your divorce. For most engaged couples, thinking about divorce before you’ve even tied the knot might seem somewhat depressing. However, pre-nuptial agreements can establish a sounder […]
It is not uncommon for spouses to be worried that their ex will try to hide assets, or lie about the true extent of their income or investments, when it comes to a financial settlement alongside divorce proceedings. This can particularly be a worry for, typically, a wife who has been a stay-at home mum […]
Family breakdown is never easy, especially when coming to an agreement regarding children and finances. This is compounded if you find yourself going down the route of litigation. If you do find yourself in this situation, you will want to do all you can to avoid going to court, not least as the court process […]
What you need to know about taking children abroad after separation The Ashes test series has begun, the sun is shining; summer is here. Attentions naturally turn to holiday. But there’s a word of warning if you are divorced or separated – you must have written permission from your former partner before you take the […]
As Boris Johnson settles in to his new residence at No 10 Downing Street with girlfriend Carrie Symonds it seems that they may just be the first ever cohabiting couple to move in. Is this just another subtle sign that society is starting to accept and recognise cohabiting couples as equals to our married counterparts? […]
Marriage has become a more inclusive term over the past decade with the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which made gay and lesbian marriage possible. This has been praised by many as a victory for equality, something many will think about as London Pride approaches on 6th July. At first glance […]
Marriage has become a more inclusive term over the past decade with the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which made gay and lesbian marriage possible. This has been praised by many as a victory for equality, something many will think about as London Pride Parade approaches on 6th July. At first […]
Recent case law and statutes have reiterated time and again the importance of the child’s welfare. How does this link with parental responsibility? Parental responsibility is defined as the ‘rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. Here, there is […]
Recently, lawyers, judges and social workers have become increasingly aware of parental alienation. It is however just as crucial for parents to also recognise when this is happening and why this might happen. Parental alienation can manifest itself in many different ways but ultimately it is where a parent has been pushed out of their […]
I have dealt with several cases where the biggest bone of contention (excuse the pun) was the family pet. In a particularly acrimonious matter I had suggested to my client that it would be cheaper to buy a new cat than instruct me to keep fighting for it. My suggestion did not go down well […]
Parents might want to change their child’s name for a variety of reasons. Perhaps there is an absent parent or the child is being bullied, or perhaps the child wants to change his or her name.
With heavy weight boxer Anthony Joshua looking for a knock out against his opponent this weekend, we look at 5 common myths around separating and divorcing that also need to be knocked out of circulation for good!
Separating from your partner or getting divorced can be traumatic and stressful. As a family law solicitor and mediator I appreciate the need to be sensitive to my clients’ emotional needs, but also those of their partner / spouse. Often I work in the collaborative process, or as a family mediator, with a family consultant […]
The press has recently reported that Paul Hollywood and his wife of 20 years, Alex, will be going to court to argue about the division of their financial assets. The press reports suggest that they had been trying to resolve matters in family mediation, but that this has now broken down so court proceedings are […]
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May. It’s therefore a good time to consider how mental health can be affected by separation and divorce.
With the birth of the latest royal baby, Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, we have seen the first mixed race child born to a senior royal in centuries, a reflection of our modern multi-cultural society. As a family law solicitor and mediator, I sometimes come across disputes between parents from different backgrounds about the upbringing of […]
Easter offers many parents an opportunity to take their children on holiday and the big question is often home or away? If you are a separated parent, the decision to take your kids abroad can be more complicated than it first appears.
The popular BBC programme “Who Do You Think You Are?” highlights how interested we have all become in our family trees. The number of daily visitors to genealogy websites like Ancestry has increased significantly over the last few years. Looking up your family history is now apparently the second biggest hobby in the USA after […]
Any keen golfer (or golf widow) will know that the prospect of teeing off and landing straight in the bunker can have catastrophic effect on your final scorecard. It is easy to get your separation or divorce off to a similar start by making a mistake that will leave you well over par and potentially […]
Separating from your partner can feel as though you are swept up in a never ending steeplechase with ‘money’ being the big prize on offer. But there are so many other considerations when separating and here are just a few of the options below:
Mother’s day, otherwise known as Mothering Sunday, is around the corner. It is often considered a day for children to show their appreciation to their mums, and if you’re lucky there may even be a homemade present. Mother’s day, just like Father’s day, can also be a point of contention when trying to sort out […]
The self proclaimed ‘worlds happiest separated couple’ Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Fergie (Sarah Ferguson), may tie the knot a second time. Will they also take the increasingly popular step of taking out a pre-nup? Although it may sound unromantic, pre-nups are not just reserved for royalty and super wealthy.
The case gained national attention including coverage in the Times, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard, and here is how the Daily Mail summarised the recent case as follows: Midwife wins court battle with her tech boss ex-partner over their £1million home after telling judge he promised her an equal share over a drink in the PUB 13 years ago. Claire […]
The announcement that Jennifer Lopez has become engaged to former US baseball player Alex Rodriguez has caught the public’s imagination. The couple, widely referred to as ‘J-Lo and A-Rod’ have been dating for two years. Their combined wealth is staggering: Jennifer Lopez is estimated to be worth an incomprehensible 400 million dollars, and her fianc√©, […]
Generally, the issues you face upon a divorce or separation are threefold: legal; emotional and financial. Mediation is a bespoke flexible process which can accommodate all skillsets needed to cover these issues.
As a family law solicitor and Law Society accredited mediator I regularly assist clients going through a separation or divorce in resolving their financial affairs and/or difficulties in the arrangements for the children. There are many benefits of choosing mediation to resolve these issues, some of which are as follows:
Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos’ divorce, announced on Wednesday in a tweet, highlights the pragmatism of the world’s richest man. With a net worth of over $136 billion dollars Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos could be facing the world’s largest lawyers’ divorce bills. Instead, in Jeff Bezos’ tweet he stated that he and his wife, Mackenzie, had […]
Moore Blatch has further strengthened its Family Law team with the appointment of Sahil Aggarwal as solicitor – the third new appointment to the team this year.
You may have seen in the press recently the case in which the Supreme Court grappled with this question.
Today’s Supreme Court ruling in the Owens v Owens case may lock unhappy husbands or wives into a further five years of marriage if only one partner wants a divorce warns divorce lawyers at Moore Blatch.
When you commence a new relationship or get engaged protecting your assets is probably not the first thing on your mind. Whilst it is unromantic it is, however, a good idea to consider the following protective measures you can take to try to protect your assets. This is particularly the case if there is a […]
The Court of Appeal has released judgment in the case of Waggott v Waggott saying no it shouldn’t and dismissing the wife’s appeal.
The collaborative process is a bespoke and more dignified process, enabling morecreative options tailored to you and your family to be generated.
Mediation is a process whereby you and your former partner sit around a table (or occasionally in separate rooms) to discuss matters with the help of a neutral third party, the mediator. Our Family mediators are trained by Resolution and are also solicitors at Moore Blatch.
As it is Family Mediation Week I took part in a live Twitter Q & A on Wednesday to answer any questions about family mediation. The question which seemed to generate the most interest was:
Southampton based law firm Moore Blatch has appointed Sarah French as Associate. This follows the appointment of Victoria Walker as Partner. Sarah will be based in Southampton, and Victoria in Moore Blatch’s Richmond office.
I commonly come across the following mediation misconceptions in my role as a family mediator:
Top 100 law firm Moore Blatch has appointed Victoria Walker as Partner. A specialist in family law, Victoria joins from Downs Solicitors LLP.
Over six million people in the UK choose to cohabit, of which 1.9 million have dependent children. For many years Moore Blatch has tried to raise awareness of the fact that many couples fail to understand that they have little, if any, legal protection if they separate. For this reason, law firm Moore Blatch supports […]
Acrimonious separations increase family stress and legal costs
We acted for a wife divorcing her husband, who was a retired royal navy officer. Prior to instructing us, the couple had attempted mediation, but the process had failed as the husband did not accept the need to share the assets, including his royal navy pension, with his wife. We advised the wife on what […]
We acted for the wife of a successful businessman in a high court divorce case involving assets of about £11 million, including a commercial property portfolio. There were complex issues around the possible sale of the family home for development and the extraction of monies from the commercial property portfolio.
We acted for a wealthy gentleman in a high court divorce case involving assets of about £30 million including business interests, pensions and investments. We resolved complex issues relating to the status and enforceability of a prenuptial agreement.
We acted for a financially successful husband who was being divorced by his wife, homekeeper and mother of their two children. Our client wanted to limit his exposure to his wife’s maintenance requirements by avoiding an open-ended, indefinite settlement. We negotiated a shared care arrangement for the children, with almost equal contact time and a […]
A divorce which involves a business will need specialist solicitor with business expertise. Complicated company structures can often make a separation more complex and challenging. Debra Emery, partner at Moore Blatch, explains.
When divorcing, there are a number of considerations which only a specialist solicitor can advise on. A suitable outcome for both parties can often be achieved without the need for expensive court action. Debra Emery, partner at Moore Blatch, explains.
Our client was a successful, retired businessman with assets worth about £5 million. Using the process of collaborative law, we were able to help achieve an amicable settlement. Given this included the consideration of sizeable pension funds, investments, tax considerations and multiple valuable properties, our client was pleased to be able to settle the divorce […]
More increasingly, parents are lending young people the money they need to get on to the property ladder.
In the wake of the striking divorce case of Mrs and Mr Owens, BBC Radio Solent spoke to Debra Emery, Partner and Head of the Moore Blatch Family department about the implications of Judge Robin Tolson QC refusing Mrs Tini Owens application for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour at the Family Court sitting […]
As we enter 2017, there is a higher-than-normal degree of uncertainty regarding the prospects of the UK economy and the housing market, especially for first time buyers.