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Who decides who a child should live with?

In the process of separating from the parent of your child, you may wonder who the child should live with. In the absence of an agreement between the parents, the Court may decide who the child should live with on the basis of what would be in the child’s best interests.

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Surrogacy – What do you need to know…

Surrogacy has become an increasingly prevalent and prominent road to parenthood for those who seek an alternative to traditional conception. Despite its many challenges, surrogacy is becoming much more readily available and its normalisation within modern day society is noticeable. Surrogacy has become one of the most sought after options for assisted reproduction, along with as IVF and adoption, for those struggling to conceive naturally. The process is increasing in popularity with those in same sex relationships, those in heterosexual relationships unable to conceive and single women unable to find a lifelong partner.

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All about Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM)

A MIAM is a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting. The purpose of a MIAM is to provide information about mediation and to assess whether mediation is a suitable way for the parties to reach an agreement, given the circumstances of a particular case. Each party will attend a consultation, on their own, and will have the opportunity to tell the mediator about any issues they wish to resolve through mediation. Information on what to expect from the mediation process will be provided and the mediator will assess suitability based on the information given. If both parties then agree to engage in mediation, a joint session can be arranged.

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Who Keeps The Pet In The Divorce?

As of May 2022, slightly over 59% of UK households own a pet. This equates to roughly 17 million households and 34 million domestic animals within these households. Unfortunately, with the rise in divorce rates, we have seen a rise in disputes regarding what happens to the family pet(s).

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Five things you need to know about ‘No Fault Divorce’

The divorce process in the UK went under a substantial change on 6 April 2022 when the No Fault Divorce came into effect. This new legislation has replaced the old, and is designed to reduce and minimize conflict arising from divorce. The previous requirement to prove the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage by way of one of five “grounds” has been abolished and now a statement declaring said breakdown will suffice, without the need for justification.

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Everything you need to know about Child Arrangements Orders…

A Child Arrangements Order is a legally binding Order created to ensure the welfare of a child. The Order defines who a child is to reside with and with whom they should have contact. The Order, which is most commonly sought during divorces and separations where the parents cannot agree on who the child will live with or how much they will see the other parent, essentially sets out the responsibility for care of the child.

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What is Clare’s Law and how can it help those at risk of domestic abuse?

The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that, for the year ending in March 2020 (directly before the pandemic), 2.3 million adults aged between 16 and 74 years experienced domestic abuse. The numbers are estimated to have been higher during the pandemic itself. Domestic Abuse is an unfortunate daily reality for an unreasonably substantial amount of people throughout the nation. However, despite being common, it is not given enough attention.

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