Family Law


Father’s rights

The issue of a father’s rights to see his children regularly hits the headlines. Many parents who separate agree between them who their children will live and when the children will see the other parent. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to agree, especially when emotions are running high in the breakdown of a relationship. A common question asked during a divorce process from worried […]


What are your rights as a non-biological parent?

As it is increasingly common for couples to divorce and remarry, the likelihood of a step-parent becoming involved in the upbringing of the child is extremely high. Parental rights for a step-parent are often unclear, especially if the relationship with the child’s parent has ended. It is only natural to develop parental instincts when spending a large portion of time in a child’s upbringing. However, […]


What is a No-Fault Divorce?

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has finally reached the end of its parliamentary journey. However, although the ‘no fault divorce’ bill has been passed through the House of Commons, it will return to the House of Lords to consider an amendment before receiving Royal Assent. Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland has said that they are looking to work towards the bill coming into force in […]


A Loveless Lockdown?

For some, the prospect of being quarantined with their partner will be a welcome opportunity to spend time together, yet for others, it may force tensions in their relationship to rise to the surface. Therefore, many couples could be very likely facing the reality of a relationship breakdown in due course. Are you already facing difficulties in your relationship? If your relationship is already strained, […]


Child Arrangements and Coronavirus

During these difficult times, many parents will be worried about the impact that the Coronavirus is having on existing child arrangement orders and future hearings. Our blog acts as guidance only and not for your specific case. The overall message is to follow Government guidance, act sensibly and contact us for further advice on 01792 468684. The main question – can I have contact with […]


‘Pet’ Nuptial Agreements

Recently in the media, I’m A Celebrity presenter Ant McPartlin and ex-wife Lisa Armstrong made headlines after finalising the settlement of their £31m divorce. But the news that a judge had been required to rule joint custody of their Labrador Hurley, because they couldn’t agree between themselves, caught the public’s attention. They aren’t the only ones to dispute canine custody: in 2016, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard also fought over their Yorkshire […]


Q&A with Helen Phillips – PGM Director

In the first of our series of Q&A’s getting to know a bit more about the PGM team…we caught up with Helen Phillips! 1. How long have you been a Director at PGM? 16 years   2. What area of legal work do you specialise in? Family, Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney   3. Why did you choose to specialise in this area?   […]


New year, new Will?

More than half of British adults have not made a Will. Of those who have, many have not updated their wills for some time, which is reflected in the soaring number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court.  It is a task which most of us put off yet it is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your family is […]


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 […]


All I want for Christmas is a Divorce

As we get closer to Christmas and beyond, it is a sad fact that divorce rates begin to rise. January has historically been the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers. Couples on the verge of separation often hold out through Christmas for the sake of the children and extended family. The new year is also a time when many resolve to make a fresh […]