1. Time for ‘no fault’ divorce?

    Calls for proposed reforms to the divorce laws in England and Wales have not fallen on deaf ears as the government has recently announced a consultation on introducing a ‘no-fault divorce’, which could see spouses losing the right to contest a divorce. Fiona Yellowlees, family law solicitor & partner at WBW Solicitors, examines the proposals…

  2. What rights do you have to see your grandchildren?

    Grandparents often enjoy a special bond with their grandchildren and it is one that parents usually treasure. However sometimes, whether through a family fall out or because parents divorce or separate, grandparents are prevented from seeing their grandchildren, or have their access severely restricted. Although the Ministry of Justice is currently considering requests from MPs…

  3. How does a civil partnership differ to marriage?

    Under current laws heterosexual couples are prevented in the UK from becoming civil partners, but the government is now under pressure to change the law after a recent Supreme Court ruling that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 discriminated against heterosexual couples and was therefore incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. ‘There is no…

  4. Sorting out holiday childcare arrangements

    While the long summer holidays are eagerly awaited by many, for divorced and separated parents the childcare challenges they throw up can pose something of a logistical nightmare. Fiona Yellowlees, Head of Family Law at WBW Solicitors, provides her top tips for sorting out childcare arrangements with your former partner and staying on cordial terms:…

  5. Family time at Christmas for separated parents

    With all the careful planning which goes into the perfect family Christmas, should there not be some careful planning for the time that children spend with each parent too? For many Christmas is the most special time of the year and a time when many families come together; for those whose families are affected by…

  6. Are Pre-Nups Worth It?

    WBW partner, Fiona Yellowlees asks if Pre-Nuptial Agreements (Pre-Nups) are worth it. With all the careful planning which goes into a wedding, should there not be some financial planning too? “A Pre-Nup, is a written agreement signed by a couple before their wedding, outlining how they wish to deal with property and assets they already…

  7. Costly divorce? – get it fixed

    Family circumstances are varied and different and no two divorce cases are the same.  Where couples are in rented accommodation and have few assets there are plenty of DIY solutions now being offered, but if you are expecting custody issues, own a property, or have significant assets, these solutions are almost certainly not the right…

  8. The dark side of society no-one wants to discuss

    1.4 million Women suffered some form of domestic abuse last year in the UK according to statistics released by the ONS. The most common types of intimate violence were non-sexual partner abuse (22%), stalking (21%) and sexual assault (20%). The ONS data also reveals a hidden link between poverty and domestic abuse, with women living…