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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 […]


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 […]


National Grandparents Day – Contact and Rights

National Grandparents Day falls on Sunday 6 October this year, highlighting the fact that sadly, up to a million grandparents lose contact with their grandchildren every year, mostly due to family breakdowns – and whilst most people expect grandparents to have the legal rights to see their grandchildren, those rights are in fact limited. Grandparents bring so many important qualities to a relationship, the value of which […]


Cohabitation figures on the rise

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirm that the number of cohabiting couples in the UK has risen by over 25% in the past 10 years. Cohabiting couples are now the fastest growing family type in the UK. 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 […]


New Probate Fees – April 2019

This month, the government is proposing to change the current probate fee structure from a flat rate fee, to one based on the value of the estate. The new proposals set out a banded structure, where fees rise with size of the estate. At the moment, families in England and Wales pay a flat probate fee of £215, or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, […]


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 […]


What are Grandparents’ rights?

It’s the time of year when unfortunately, we see a rise in divorce cases. In amongst the angst between separating couples, the grandparents involvement in a child’s life can be momentarily, if not altogether, forgotten about. 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 […]


What is the difference between civil partnerships and marriage?

The House of Commons has overwhelmingly backed a plan to fast-track the introduction of civil partnerships for straight couples. Civil partnerships were introduced in 2004 as a segregated form of union for same-sex couples, but campaigners called for them to be offered as a choice for all couples following the introduction of equal marriage in England, Wales and Scotland. Theresa May announces that straight couples will […]


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 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 […]