Separation


The pitfalls of a DIY divorce   Recently updated !

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 […]


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 […]


A Guide to Grandparents’ Rights

Grandparents bring so many important qualities to a relationship with their grandchildren, the value of which should not be underestimated. However, grandparents’ rights are often over-looked when a relationship ends, leaving them to face the heartbreak of losing contact with their loved ones.   Sadly, up to a million grandparents lose contact with their grandchildren every year, mostly due to family breakdowns, and whilst most […]