Family Law

Posted 10th April, 2019 under Divorce, Family Law by

It was announced on Tuesday that the government will be changing the laws surrounding divorce in England and Wales. It will be put into effect as soon as parliamentary time becomes available. The current law states that divorce can only proceed when a spouse claims their partner is at fault.   What does ‘at fault’… Read more »

Posted 22nd January, 2019 under Family Law by

Being a victim of domestic abuse is a terrifying and upsetting experience. It’s also far more common than you’d think, with 2 million people reporting that they’d been victims of domestic abuse in 2018 alone. While there are laws designed to protect you, many have called on the government to improve legislation and further protect… Read more »

Posted 13th June, 2018 under Family Law by

  We’re delighted to announce that Beecham Peacock fended off stiff competition to again be awarded Team of the Year in the Family Law category at the prestigious Northern Law Awards 2018. The black-tie event, held on the 7th of June 2018, witnessed hundreds of the North East’s most talented law professionals head to the… Read more »

Posted 10th April, 2018 under Family Law by

What is divorce? That’s a question that is searched via Google almost 400 times a month – indicating that many in the UK do not fully understand the full concept of divorce. It is a legal act, a ruling that sees your marriage permanently ended in the eyes of the law. However, it is not… Read more »

Posted 20th March, 2018 under Family Law by

Deciding to get a divorce is often a painful event in your life. When a marriage breaks down, it can be hard to know where to turn and even how to begin the process of divorce. After living life so closely with another person, divorce can be a complicated experience involving many considerations such as… Read more »

Posted 21st February, 2018 under Family Law by

If you’re a victim of domestic violence or abuse, you’re not alone. Between March 2016 and 2017, an estimated 1.9 million adults aged between 15 and 59 experienced domestic abuse in the UK. Of these, women are more commonly victims – but many men are also affected. 1.2 million women experienced abuse compared to 713,000… Read more »

Posted 06th November, 2017 under Family Law by

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division highlighted, in a speech last week, his concern over the subordinate consideration given to the role of the family by Government bodies.   Despite having a multitude of Departments, now even including a Department for Exiting the European Union, our Government does not have a Department for… Read more »

Posted 11th October, 2017 under Family Law by

The recent series of Dr Foster may have been criticised for being over the top but it did highlight the impact on children caught in the crossfire between two waring parents. The characters were so embroiled in their hatred of each other they failed to see the impact of their actions on their son until… Read more »

Posted 10th October, 2017 under Family Law by

Family courts are frequently presented with care proceedings where a child is deemed to be at risk because their parent has learning difficulties. It is considered that if a parent struggles to care for themselves, they struggle to care for a child. However, most of these cases are brought before the Court because of an… Read more »

Posted 26th April, 2017 under Family Law by

A recent survey suggests that 3 in 5 people in Britain believe that Civil Partnerships should be open to all couples. At the moment same sex couples can get married or into Civil Partnerships but mixed sex couples can only get married.  There was a case at the Court of Appeal that rules that the… Read more »

Posted 26th April, 2017 under Family Law by

At the moment the only ground for a divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  The Court then has to be satisfied that the person applying for the divorce can prove one of five facts.  These are adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, 2 years apart and both parties agreeing or 5 years apart and… Read more »

Posted 15th September, 2016 under Family Law by

When applying for a UK divorce, the applicant must give one of five pre-specified reasons for the divorce. Referred to by the court as ‘facts’, these are given by the person starting divorce proceedings, who is known as the petitioner, when filling out what is known as a divorce petition form. These facts are adultery, unreasonable… Read more »