Separation, Divorce, Finance & Children

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.

What is a Special Guardianship Order (SGO)?

A Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is an order of the Family Court introduced into the Children Act 1989 by the Adoption and Children Act 2002. An SGO can be made when a child is being cared for more often than not by people other than his/her parents...

Plan ahead to protect your business from divorce

Planning and protecting the future of your business can be a legal minefield and should not be taken lightly.  At Goughs, our experience has taught us that every situation is different. As such our expert and experienced Family Team will listen carefully, be objective and then offer tailored advice specific to you and your circumstances.

New Year, New Start. If you're considering separation, it's time to focus on you.

The festive season is behind us for another year. What will 2019 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...

Goughs join Resolution's campaign to reduce conflict by putting the needs of the children first following separation

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors is campaigning for a change in the law to reduce the fallout from divorce on children, after figures released today revealed the impact of conflict between separating parents. In a new poll, 79%...

To prenup or not to prenup that is the question

If you are thinking about arranging a prenuptial agreement (prenup), but aren’t sure how to bring the conversation up, our family law solicitors can help… 1:  What is a prenuptial agreement? A prenup is a legal document signed by two...

Silver Splitters can change the world (or at least the law)

Tini and Hugh Owens personify ‘silver splitters’. The ages of the separated couple from Worcestershire vary according to reporting sources, but it seems that Mrs Owens is in her late 60s and Mr Owens some 10 years older. They would have been in...

The Rise of the Silver Splitter

The term ‘silver surfer’ has become common parlance to describe the growing proficiency and number of older people using the internet. The expression ‘silver splitter’ may before long become equally familiar when referring to people...

"Brangelina" and the facts about Child Maintenance

Another day, another celebrity separation story.  This time, the media are all over the continuing difficulties between US actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The Jolie-Pitts separated in 2016 when Angelina filed for divorce.  What followed was a...

It's time for Parliament to act on our antiquated and damaging divorce law

As has been widely reported, Tini Owens’ long quest to divorce her husband Hugh – from whom she’s been separated since 2015 – has failed, after the Supreme Court ruled today that the couple must stay married, despite concluding that...

Maintenance on divorce - is it a meal ticket for life?

Last week the Supreme Court allowed an appeal by Graham Mills against a decision by the Court of Appeal forcing him to pay more maintenance to his ex-wife Maria. In our view it’s definitely the right decision, but it shows how complex and unpredictable...

Supreme Court rules that denying heterosexual couples the right to enter into a civil partnership is discrimination

This week, the highest court in England and Wales ruled that it was discriminatory to deny mixed-sex couples the right to enter into civil partnerships, something that same-sex couples have been able to do since 2005. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan...

To blame or not to blame, this is the question...

With all the football frenzy surrounding the start of the World Cup, it got me thinking, surely this can only mean one thing, is there going to be the villain of the piece?  With David Beckham kicking out in the quarter finals, Ronaldo giving the...

Harry and Meghan - is there an elephant in the room?

The build-up to this royal wedding has certainly been different – the media has been awash with stories about Meghan’s father, among other unusual angles. Now that we know that Mr Markle won’t be attending and that the Prince of Wales will...

Can we find a better way to divorce ?

It’s quite a week for family law in the Supreme Court. On Monday, it began hearing the appeal by Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan against the 2017 decision by the Court of Appeal denying them the right to register a civil partnership because...

Are we getting closer to ending the 'blame game' in divorce?

We’ve written before about the problems which can arise from the very old – and we think, very outdated – divorce law, which celebrates its 50 th birthday next year. We have also written before about the case of Owens v Owens . ...

Celebrity Divorces: Fact Busting the "quickie divorce"

Recently, tales of Ant McPartlin’s £155million divorce have been splashed all over the papers.  Add to that Britney’s 55 hour marriage and Cheryl’s 14 second divorce and it is often hard to tell the truth from the...

DIY Divorce - A false economy?

It is a sad but true fact that one marriage in three ends in divorce. When a marriage or relationship comes to an end, it can be a painful experience for all concerned. At such an emotional time, we’re here to guide you through the process and minimise...

Putting your children first, commit to contact this Christmas

The law certainly requires that children are put first when resolving all significant issues regarding their welfare and finances arising from relationship breakdown. Resolution’s research* revealed that half the children surveyed felt their parents...

Prenups - are they worth the paper they're written on?

Until fairly recent years, prenuptial agreements were seen as the preserve of wealthy Americans. Indeed, English law refused to recognise them, because they undermined the sanctity of marriage as a lifelong institution (“till death us do part”,...

Living with your Partner? Know your legal rights.

Living with your partner? You can rely on their promises, can’t you? Don’t bet your house on it… Despite the enduring myth of the ‘common law wife’, cohabitees who are not married or in a civil partnership have very few...

Unmarried Couples - Know Your Rights

It is increasingly common for couples to live together without getting married. Unmarried couples do not have the same rights as married couples to make financial claims against each other when separating, but they should be aware that they can sometimes...

UK pensions ruling wins equal benefits for gay couple

The Supreme Court recently ruled that civil partners and gay married couples should benefit from the same pension arrangements in the event of the death of their partner as heterosexual couples. Prior to the landmark ruling, an exemption in the Equality Act...

Court of Appeal decision moves away from equal split of assets on divorce

For many years, the courts of England and Wales have ordered that divorcing couples should have an equal share of assets generated  during the marriage, provided both’s needs are met.  Tuesday’s Court of Appeal decision in the case of...

"A level playing field requires equality of arms"

Although we live in an age of greater gender equality than ever before, it remains the case that when couples separate and divorce, wives are often left in a financially vulnerable position.  This often arises because the couple have children and the...
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