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 […]


The 5 Grounds for Divorce

Coming to the decision that your marriage/civil partnership has come to an end is not an easy time for anyone.  During this time of heightened emotion you will also be faced with the difficulties of the practicalities of the divorce procedure itself and the financial implications of the separation. Here at PGM Solicitors we have a highly experienced family law department who appreciate that each and every client will face a […]


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, […]


‘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 […]


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 […]


Marriage, Divorce & Wills

There is a direct impact on your Will when you get married or divorced. 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. […]


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 […]


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 […]