Jeff Bezos & Mackenzie Bezos divorce – “a loving exploration”

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the World’s wealthiest man and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, announced on the 9th of January 2019 that they were getting divorced after a period of “loving exploration”. The announcement has raised some eyebrows amongst fellow family practitioners and I’m sure that certain Washington State attorneys are delirious […]

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart…

Christmas is often projected in the media as being 100% fun and festive and for many it is. However, the truth for some people is often something a little less fun and is actually very stressful due to their domestic circumstances and/or finances. If you are having relationship issues already, the Christmas period can accentuate […]

The post Owens v Owens Landscape. What does it mean for ‘no fault’ Divorce?

For a case that generated so much interest, both with Family Lawyers and the general public, the end result of the infamous Owens case was a rather disappointing finale.  Just to recap: Mrs Owens petitioned to dissolve her marriage on the basis of Mr Owens’ unreasonable behaviour. Mr Owens defend the allegations and, eventually, the […]

rhw – Family Law Team listed in Legal 500

rhw are delighted to announce that our Family Law Team are now listed in the Legal 500! This demonstrates the level of commitment and dedication the team has shown over the past few years and the fact it has been recognised by those who spend their lives assessing this area of Law. If we can […]

No Fault Divorce – Is it time for change?

      The current divorce law dates back to 1973 and allows parties to get divorced on the ground that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and provided that they can prove one of the following facts: Adultery – one party being unfaithful with a member of the opposite sex in […]

Family-Based Arrangements – a better option for you & your family?

Family-based arrangements are where child maintenance is agreed between the parties directly, as opposed to applying to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to agree payment arrangements. Recent research carried out by The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) shows that family-based arrangements are now more popular amongst the parties involved and more successful in terms […]

‘The Split’ – A Travesty of Reality!

On Tuesday 24th April 2018 thousands of viewers across the Nation tuned in to watch the first episode of the new legal drama on BBC one, The Split. But for many of us in the legal profession, family lawyers in particular, it left us with a “splitting” headache after trying to digest some of the […]

Part time Mum? Full time Mum? We should support each other.

We women are not always very good at showing one another the solidarity of sisterhood that perhaps we should.  I give you an example.  I was having birthday drinks with some friends recently when one of my friends piped up, “How do you feel about being a part time Mum Samantha?”. “What do you mean […]

Meal Ticket V Clean Break

The case of Kim Waggott and William Waggott which was dubbed ‘the meal ticket for life’ has returned to court. Kim Waggott had been awarded £9.7m in the original financial proceedings, with £175,000 in annual maintenance payments for the rest of her life. However Mrs Waggott considered the deal an unfair one as she would […]

“When are we going to tell the girls?” – Divorce seen from Seventeen

Just before my 17th birthday my parents separated.  I remember the night well.  I was sat in the dining room struggling my way through my sociology A-Level homework. I left the room to go for a break and as I passed the sitting room, where my parents were, I overheard my Mum say, “When are […]