Divorce


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 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 […]


DIY Divorce – The Pros & Cons

It has been highlighted in the media recently that almost half of couples are opting to split via an online process. The term ‘DIY Divorce’ refers to a divorce or dissolution that takes place with little or no legal assistance, often online. This means that the various stages of your divorce are handled by you personally, rather than by a solicitor. Below we outline the […]


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 […]


Cohabitation – don’t come a cropper!

Moving in with your partner or buying a house together, when you are not yet married needs a little extra thought before proceeding. From a legal point of view, there are a few things to consider. Living together as a couple before marriage is now quite common, but unmarried couples must appreciate that they are not protected by the law in the same way as […]


Cohabitation Awareness Week 2017

The number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2017. A campaign has been launched calling for a change in the law to support couples who live together. Resolution (who campaign for improvements to the family justice system) has declared the week beginning November 27 as Cohabitation Awareness Week and lawyers across the country will be […]


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 […]