School’s out for summer

We’re now half way through the summer holidays and whilst many children are enjoying the time off school, this can be a testing time for parents, especially those who are newly separated. Here, family solicitor Elizabeth Dowler looks at ways to navigate the challenges and come to a resolution.  The opportunity to spend quality time…

The question of surrogacy in the UK

It’s an area of family law that isn’t often discussed in public and as a family lawyer we find that instructions are limited in numbers. At present we are only dealing with one live matter however, we are aware that many firms having never offered advice or even dealt with a matter through to conclusion….

FAQs About Divorce – How much child support will I have to pay?

In this last mini blog in the series of FAQs About Divorce Rebecca Silcock takes a closer look at child support and how it’s calculated. Child support is the frequent, usually monthly, payment from the non-resident parent to the resident parent, to help with the cost of supporting and bringing up the children. Child support…

FAQs About Divorce – Will I receive spousal support?

In this week’s mini blog, Rebecca Silcock takes a closer look at spousal support which is more commonly called “maintenance”. This is a payment made by one spouse to another following a divorce. Unlike Child Maintenance there is no formula to calculate it. Whether maintenance will be paid depends on a host of factors but…

FAQs About Divorce – How do the courts determine custody of a child following separation?

In this week’s mini blog, Simon Walker, Solicitor in the Family Team in our Sherborne office, looks at ways separating couples can agree arrangements for the children. Parents who are separating are expected to reach a resolution in relation to the care of their children between themselves. The reaching of a consensus ought to be…

FAQs About Divorce – If my spouse cheated on me, can I sue him/her on the grounds of adultery?

In this week’s mini blog Simon Walker, Solicitor in the Family Team in the Sherborne office, looks at what happens when unfaithfulness is the primary reason for divorce. The current law states that any party to a marriage is entitled to file a petition for divorce, on the basis that they believe that the marriage…

FAQs About Divorce – What is the difference between a separation and a divorce?

In Elizabeth Dowler’s second mini blog in the series Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce she explains the difference between a separation and a divorce. For a variety of reasons, some people do not wish to proceed with a divorce even once they have decided that their marriage is at an end. In the eyes of…

FAQs About Divorce – What do I have to do to get the divorce process started?

In this series of mini blogs the Family Team at Mogers Drewett address the most commonly asked questions around divorce and separation. In this week’s blog Elizabeth Dowler explains what is involved with starting the divorce process. To start the process of getting divorced, an Application for a Divorce needs to be lodged with the…

FAQs About Divorce – How will our assets be divided on divorce?

Part two in a series of mini blogs in which the Family Team at Mogers Drewett address the most commonly asked questions around divorce and separation. In this week’s blog Victoria Strode sheds some light on how assets will be divided.  It is first important to understand the extent of the assets each party has…

FAQs About Divorce – How much will my divorce cost?

In this series of mini blogs the Family Team at Mogers Drewett address the most commonly asked questions around divorce and separation. In this week’s blog Victoria Strode looks at the cost of divorce. Divorce is often a financially, as well as emotionally, difficult time.  Couples may already be feeling the financial impact of a…