Author: Che

After four years working at a top-tier, award-winning family law firm in Hertfordshire, Che joined KMJ in January 2018. Prior to this, Che trained and qualified at a high-profile commercial and media firm based in London’s West-End.

What Am I Entitled to in a Divorce Settlement?

The breakdown of a marriage is the catalyst for a divorce, the legal proceedings are the challenging mid-section, and the divorce settlement is the final act which allows both parties go their separate ways with a share of the marital assets.  When it comes to divorce, there are many different aspects to consider and discuss with your family lawyer, but one of the most commonly asked questions is “what am I entitled to in a divorce settlement?” For some, this line of questioning may feel a bit money-hungry, but the truth is, the outcome of your divorce settlement will directly…

Who Gets the House in a Divorce with Children?

 In the majority of divorce cases, the family home is the most significant matrimonial asset. When children are involved, the courts will do everything possible to ensure their wellbeing both during and after a divorce, and where they live will play a vital role.  A divorce can be a stressful and emotionally challenging time for children, which makes it all the more important for them to have a place where they feel safe. As a result, establishing who gets the house in a divorce with children is a crucial decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  In this post, we talk…

International Child Abduction in the UK

The most common type of child abduction is parental abduction, which according to recent figures, has increased by 88% over the previous decade. Back in 2012,  Daisy Organ, head of the Foreign Office Child Abduction section, said, “The increase in parental child abduction cases is a major cause for concern, particularly in the lead up to the school holidays.” Worryingly, these figures have only seemed to continue climbing , with 1,189 parental abduction cases recorded in 2017/18 — the highest number recorded over the 16-year period. We explain what constitutes international child abduction in the UK, what doesn’t and what…

Not Married with Children: What Happens after Separation?

According to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) data, released in 2017, cohabiting couple families were the fastest growing family type in the UK. Of the 3.3 million cohabiting couples, over 1.2 million of these include dependent children. Cohabitation — an arrangement whereby a couple lives together without being married — is becoming increasingly common, however, it’s a divorce myth that English law offers unmarried couples the same rights and claims as married couples after separation. That being said, when there are children involved, the law does offer some protection. The Children’s Act 1989 Under Schedule 1 of the…

How Long Does it Take to Obtain a Divorce?

For most people, divorce is a stressful and difficult time, making the prospect of a quick resolution very appealing. Divorce proceedings themselves (initiated by way of a divorce Petition) has largely become an administrative process, which does not require the parties to attend court. This is except in relatively narrow circumstances where the other party may decide to defend and/or refuse to agree to a Petition. In simple terms, obtaining a divorce in effect gives both parties the right to remarry. However, the finalisation of the process (which is achieved by the Court granting ‘Decree Absolute’) is usually delayed until…