Divorce


The pitfalls of a DIY divorce

The first month of the New Year is reportedly the most popular time of year to file for divorce and the PGM family team always see a rise in new cases after the festive season. We also see increasing numbers of people approaching us following attempts to keep the cost down with a DIY divorce. Without specialist legal advice you can get things very wrong […]


Online divorce – a new era?

Last month, as part of a £1bn modernisation programme, the UK’s Ministry of Justice rolled out digital divorce across England and Wales, meaning that couples can now apply for a divorce from the comfort of their own living room. But is this really the best way? The scheme enables couples to apply for an uncontested divorce digitally via smart forms, and completely removes the need […]


Child contact over the Christmas period – the season of goodwill?

Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. If it is your first family Christmas during or following divorce or separation from a partner, we understand that it can be a particularly difficult time. Here are a few tips to help avoid any difficult disputes: Approach the subject of Christmas contact with the child’s parent as soon as possible. Try to put an agreement […]


No-fault divorce

A recent court decision highlighted in the media has served as a timely reminder that we do not have a ‘no fault’ divorce system in England and Wales. The decision has reignited calls to introduce a without blame divorce system. It is considered that a new procedure, where one or both spouses can give notice that the marriage has broken down irretrievably would align much […]


The Consequences of Marriage and Divorce on Wills

Is it true that getting married invalidates an existing Will? When you make a Will there are a number of life events that can impact its validity. One of these is marriage. Under UK law, marriage automatically cancels out a Will made before the date of the marriage, rendering it invalid. If you do not make a new Will, the court will follow the rules […]


The impact of social media on your divorce   Recently updated !

During a divorce, emotions run high. It’s an upsetting and stressful time. Social media can provide relief from the reality of your situation, but it’s important not to get carried away with online activity and to ensure that status updates and images posted online are not contradictory to anything which you seek to rely on in court or negotiations. You may want to tell the […]


Is romance dead? (ask Beyonce!)

PGM Director and Solicitor, Paula Murphy provides an insight into the hot topic of post-nuptial agreements! …So, is romance dead? Well, if you are aged over 60, the answer is probably, no. Marriage rates among the over 65’s increased by almost a half between 2009 and 2014. This was at the same time as the marriage rate among the general population fell. I haven’t researched the […]


Post-nuptial agreements – are they worthwhile?

There have been reports in the media of late regarding the popularity of the post-nuptial agreement.  The ‘post-nup’ is simply a version of the pre-nuptial agreement, but for existing married couples. Like pre-nups, post-nups are contracts drawn up by couples outlining how assets would be divided in the event of separation or divorce.  Unlike a pre-nup, they can be drawn up at any time after […]


The pitfalls of a DIY divorce

The first month of the New Year is reportedly the most popular time of year to file for divorce and the PGM family team always see a rise in new cases after the festive season. We also see an increasing number of people approaching us following attempts to keep the cost down with a DIY divorce. Without specialist legal advice you can get things very […]


T’is the season to be jolly! Well, not quite, if you are a divorce lawyer!

It is a well-known fact that there is a sharp spike in the number of new divorce clients immediately after the Christmas and New Year period. Disastrous Christmas lunches and New Year’s resolutions, to make a fresh start, are usually the predominant reasons. Without wishing to be all doom and gloom as we fast approach Christmas, I thought I’d reminisce and share some strange examples of unreasonable behaviour […]