International Residence Orders – Children Always Come First

Date: December 6th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Many of the divorces we deal with have an international aspect. The issue of child residence sometimes becomes more complicated when parents live in different countries. This is particularly the case when one or both parents have entrenched views on where the child should live. Tabloid coverage throughout 2016 of the dispute between Madonna… Read the full article

Cohabitees: Numbers Increase But Legal Position Still Weak

Date: December 1st, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Earlier this month the Office for National Statistics published its annual report into current trends in living arrangements in the UK. One of the more startling revelations was the continued increase in the number of people who live together without getting married. Between 1996 and 2016 the number of cohabiting couples more than doubled… Read the full article

Divorcing couples ignoring mediation

Date: November 8th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The Solicitors Journal recently reported that only one in five couples currently seek mediation before filing for divorce. Figures obtained by National Family Mediation have revealed that out of 17,548 divorce applications in the first three months of 2016, only 3,855 couples sought mediation first in the form of a mediation information and assessment… Read the full article

Saudi judge rules woman must divorce husband

Date: October 27th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  After a six month court battle, a judge in Saudi Arabia has ruled that a woman must divorce her husband in accordance with her family’s wishes, says The Independent. It was claimed that Mrs al-Tamimi, who now has a young child, did not seek her father’s permission to marry, in accordance with the laws… Read the full article

In-laws dispute leads to divorce for Indian couple

Date: October 20th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Guardian recently reported on a case which has been dragged through the Indian courts for over twenty years has finally been settled, with a husband granted a divorce. Within the Hindu religion, it is accepted that should a husband still live with his parents, then his wife should also live in the same house… Read the full article

Lack of sex is grounds for divorce, says India High Court

Date: October 18th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Most married couples go through periods of enforced celibacy due to lack of enthusiasm on behalf of one of the partners.  However, the High Court in Delhi has ruled that for one couple, the lack of sex in their marriage is actually solid grounds for divorce. The Hindu reports that a wife failed to… Read the full article

Limited compensation for Jewish divorces

Date: September 28th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  A recent report in the Israel National News has revealed a new ruling by the Jerusalem District Rabbinical Court which will see a limit placed on compensation claims during a divorce. The Jewish religion already has its own form of prenuptial agreement; a contract called a “Ketuba” which is effectively the marriage certificate with… Read the full article

Over 50s driving new “divorce mortgage”

Date: September 23rd, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  According to government statistics, the over 50s age group is responsible for the biggest increase in the divorce rate, with around 60,000 people filing for divorce in 2013; a rise of 11 percent over the last decade. With almost one in three selling their marital home as part of the divorce process, many couples… Read the full article

Remarriages and prenups in the US – the perfect partnership

Date: September 19th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  As remarriages usually occur later in life, there can be different types of risk involved for either or both parties.  Children and increased assets for example, may have a larger part to play for an older couple, than they would first time around. Findings from the Pew Research Center in Washington DC revealed recently… Read the full article

Sharia councils and the British legal system still at odds

Date: September 13th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  According to The Guardian, the debate regarding how Sharia councils should be integrated into English civil law continues to rage, prompting a House of Commons inquiry. The main concern is for those Muslim women who, without the aid of the legal system to support them, are at risk of losing their civil rights. Although… Read the full article

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