Separation, Divorce, Finance & Children

Goughs Solicitors has been recognised again as one of the South West's leading law firms

For the third year running we have been ranked as a leading firm by the prestigious Legal 500 directory. The experienced and dedicated team of family lawyers has once again received exemplary feedback and accreditation. In addition, we have also been...

Want to be our charity of the year? Apply now!

We have launched a brand new application process for charities to apply to become Charity of the Year for 2021/2022.  Each year, we work closely with carefully selected official charity partners helping to both raise awareness and funds for some...

Collaborative Law - 'The Good Divorce'

What are the benefits of collaborative law?

The process can:

  • Reduce the emotional strain on families
  • Provide couples with support and enable them to build a better relationship after separation
  • Protect children from disputes
  • Avoid the uncertainty - and cost - of litigation.

Separation, divorce and COVID-19

Written by Richard Bebb, 3rd of September 2020 ‘Unprecedented’ has been one of the most familiar words in recent months. It certainly applied to our domestic and family arrangements during lockdown. Most couples had never had to spend so long in...

New School Year, New Start

By Matthew Drew , 25th August 2020 The summer holidays are over and children are about to embark upon the next chapter as they move into the new school year – or perhaps to a new school altogether. This new school year marks a huge positive step...

Domestic Abuse - Legal Overhaul Needed

By Alice Blackmore , 31st July 2020 You will no doubt have all heard and seen the case concerning Johnny Depp and Amber Heard which has been dominant across the news networks recently. It is unfortunate that a case involving two high profile celebrities...

Life After Lockdown

The specialist family lawyers at Goughs Solicitors we have been speaking with many couples who are unsure of where to turn now that many of the lockdown restrictions are beginning to lift. The pressures of the past few months have proven too much for some couples whose relationships were already under strain. We are pleased to be able to offer tailored expertise and advice for all relationship dissolution scenarios, to enable you to start building the next chapter of your life. 

Child Arrangement Orders and Enforcement

We are seeing a further relaxing of the social distancing rules, with “support bubbles” for single parent households, but what happens if you are still not being allowed to see your children despite there being a court order in place?

Cohabiting & Your Rights

Cohabitees are the fastest growing demographic of couples in the UK, increasing at a rate far greater than married couples and civil partnerships which are available for same sex couples and more recently opposite sex couples.

Unfortunately lockdown has created a strained situation for many couples and we have been asked what rights people really have who are co-habiting?

Getting Divorced During Lockdown

What are your options for divorce during lockdown? Working from home; being furloughed; home schooling the kids; social distancing from other families – these are all major adjustments which can create a real pressure-cooker environment in even the most harmonious household.

COVID-19 - Safety Advice for those at risk of domestic abuse

By Alice Blackmore You Are Not Alone We all know that the measures announced over the last few weeks have had a significant impact on people’s day to day lives however they are essential to beating COVID-19 and protecting the NHS.    ...

COVID-19 & Financial Settlements

Many of our clients have been asking what the financial implications of COVID-19 are on their financial settlements. We have put together some useful advice and information at this uncertain time.

COVID19: Worried about a court hearing?

By Alice Blackmore   The President of the Family Division on 19 March 2020 gave guidance to be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court Family Division. The aim of the guidance is to ‘Keep...

Alice Blackmore on Family Law

Here at Gough’s Solicitors we have continued to expand following further successful years under our belt. Our latest recruitment comes in the form of extending the successful family department. Alice Blackmore has joined the family department as a...

Alice Blackmore on COVID-19 and its effect on child arrangements

Here at Gough’s Solicitors we have continued to expand following further successful years under our belt. Our latest recruitment comes in the form of extending the family department. Alice Blackmore has joined the family department as a Solicitor in...

The Domestic Abuse Bill: An Update 2020

We have been concerned as to whether the Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-2019 would progress, firstly given the end of the last Parliamentary session followed by the General Election. The appointment of Nicola Jacobs as the UK’s first Domestic Abuse...

Civil partnership - open to all in a new decade

On New Year’s Eve the first mixed-sex civil partnerships in the UK took place, enabling the participants to celebrate the start of a new decade in a brand new legal way. Civil partnerships have been available for same-sex couples since 2005 –...

New Year, new start - new you

The festive season is behind us for another year. What will 2020 bring? If you’re considering separating from your partner, it could be a very significant year for you. It’s very important that you have the support and advice you need to help you...

Can't Marry? Won't Marry?! - Is a Cohabitation Agreement right for you?

Resolution , the national community of family law professionals, are running their annual awareness week (25 to 29 November 2019 ) with this year’s focus being on the need for legal reform for cohabiting couples. They originally planned to...

Do England's heroic endeavours in the Rugby World Cup make them "special" in their own right?

This week will see England take on the mighty All Blacks in the semi-final game of the World Cup. Following England’s historic victory last week, which halted the Australians’ path, the World Cup now hangs in the balance. With England’s...

A new school year - and a new start for your family?

The holidays are over and, for parents, this marks a new chapter in the year as their children move into the new school year – or to a new school altogether. Some face an additional challenge – relationship breakdown or separation.

Separating? Don't bury your head in the sand...

Thinking of separating? Don’t bury your head in the sand. A financial agreement made in writing at the time of separation can offer some protection but if circumstances change, it might not be binding.

Divorce - what will the new law mean for you?

Experienced family lawyer Richard Bebb who has dealt with hundreds of divorces in his career, says we should applaud a long overdue change in the law which will remove the need for one spouse to point the finger of blame at the other.  Richard...

Mental Capacity and Divorce Proceedings

Divorce can be an emotional and painful time for all parties concerned. If one spouse suffers from mental health problems and lacks the capacity to make their own decisions, the process has the potential to be further complicated by additional challenges. ...

What is meant by no-fault divorce?

What is meant by no-fault divorce? - Goughs Solicitors

This week marks an important moment in family law following the 12 week public consultation which showed widespread support for the implementation of no-fault divorce.

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