Family Law Blog

8 November 2018

Pressing pause on parenthood – when relationship breakdown affects consent to storage and use of embryos

Our first ‘pressing pause on parenthood’ blog discussed the reported increase in women looking at preserving their fertility using methods such as egg freezing.  As part of our blog series looking at fertility and alternative ways of conceiving, we highlight below some further key issues which we encourage prospective parents to discuss with their clinic and families before making hugely important decisions about having a family.

Connie Atkinson

9 October 2018

Islamic marriages – are you really married under English law?

For a marriage to be valid in English law, a civil registry marriage has to be performed. This gives married couples rights which non-married couples generally do not have. In addition, upon divorce, married couples can make applications to the court for financial claims for themselves and their children. A number of those opting for a religious ceremony choose not to complement it with a civil ceremony, leaving them in a vulnerable position legally on separation.

Lucy Naish

8 October 2018

Divorce by job description or love actually?

Recent Swedish research (published by The Royal Society) from across The Bridge has come up with some ideas about why their neighbours in Denmark divorce by connecting what the Danes do for a living with the chances of divorce. Why exactly they wanted to look at this relatively small sample is unclear, particularly when there was more interesting research closer to home.

Michael Rowlands

30 August 2018

The criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour: avoiding the potential pitfalls in family proceedings

The criminal offence of Controlling and Coercive behaviour in an intimate and family relationship should be of key significance to family lawyers. Family lawyers know all too well that allegations of harassment and domestic abuse are regularly raised in the context of a relationship breakdown - and instances of Controlling and Coercive behaviour from one partner or spouse towards the other may, once raised, play a significant role in both the divorce and any children proceedings. An allegation of Controlling and Coercive behaviour may give rise to a criminal complaint and an intrusive police investigation. Whether your client has accused their partner of Controlling and Coercive behaviour or is the subject to a police investigation following such an allegation, it is critical to synchronise the criminal and family law advice. This article provides guidance through the tricky and unpredictable process.

Alexandra Bishop

24 August 2018

Pressing pause on parenthood – the importance of understanding the facts about egg and embryo freezing

Egg freezing has hit the news headlines this month as doctors writing in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology raise concerns that women who undertake the process are being misled by clinics and not properly warned about potential low success rates.

Olivia Stiles

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