The Bill seeking to provide opposite-sex couples with the legal right to enter into a civil partnership has completed its passage through the House of Commons.
Jonathan Diamond, head of family law here at Wiseman Lee, offers some insight into the statistics surrounding marriage and divorce among the over 65s and what are known as Silver Divorces. The Office for National Statistics (ONS), in an analysis of the results of the 2011 census, has reported that 9% of people aged over 65 were divorced in 2001, which … Read More
Jonathan Diamond, head of family law at local solicitors Wiseman Lee, explains how it is possible to resolve issues when couples separate as painlessly as possible. I qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Wiseman Lee a year later. At that time most solicitors were general practitioners, so I might have done a bit of advocacy in the Magistrates … Read More
Current statistics show that one in every three people over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with dementia. In these circumstances family members and loved ones can often be left dealing with both the emotional pain of the situation and the practicalities, as they struggle to access finances and pay bills. Of course, strict regulations are in place to … Read More
Divorce can be a difficult process, fraught with emotion and beset with legal hurdles, but there’s no need for it to be long and drawn out. Not all marriages end acrimoniously, and for those that do, there is an established legal process that can iron out disputes and keep communications civil between the parties. The divorce process in short If … Read More
When a marriage ends in divorce or separation, men often feel as if their rights are fairly limited or unrecognised by law, particularly when children are in the picture. There is no one rule that applies to every father’s rights to see their children. Individual circumstances are taken into account from both sides of a separated couple before any legal … Read More
Last month saw a new, combined family court system coming into force in England and Wales, replacing the previous three tier system. The associated reforms are intended to simplify family law proceedings, make them easier for the public to access and understand, and make better provision for children caught up in legal disputes. They include the following major changes:- 1. … Read More
Getting divorced is never a simple, pain-free process – especially when children are also involved. Emotions run high, agreements can be stressful, and children are often in the thick of it. However, thanks to the Children and Families Act being granted Royal Assent last month, vulnerable children will be at the very centre of the family justice system, and therefore … Read More