Family Law | Mayo Wynne Baxter

I have separated from my partner. Can I change the Locks on our property?

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Jointly owned properties Where a property is jointly owned, the simple answer is no. The legal position is that both parties’ have an equal right to access and to occupy the property.  Even if only one party is paying the mortgage or the other party has made no contribution at all, you cannot change the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Family Law – Update

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There is only one ground in England and Wales which can be relied on to show that a marriage is over and that a decree of divorce should be granted and that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This is evidenced by one of five facts a) adultery b) unreasonable behaviour c) 2… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

“If I die, Pete gets everything!” Er… no Katie, he won’t.

London, UK. Katie Price at the launch photocall to mark the publication of her latest autobiography, Reborn, released tomorrow. Held at The Worx, Parsons Green, London on September 21st 2016.
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During a panel discussion on Monday’s Loose Women show, former glamour model Katie Price revealed that she has not updated her Will since she split from her ex-husband Peter Andre in 2009. The panel was discussing what arrangements parents should make for the care of their children in the event of their death. Ms Price… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The myth of the Common Law Marriage

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Figures published recently by the Office of National Statistics reveal that there are now 3.3 million cohabiting couple families in the UK and this is further evidence that the law needs to catch up with modern British society – Resolution released its Manifesto for Family Law last year, calling for the introduction of some… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Making Child Arrangements for Christmas


Christmas is now less than 3 weeks away, and many may have forgotten to plan ahead. This is especially true for separated families, where arrangements need to be made to address what will be happening in respect of child arrangements over the festive period. If it is envisaged that a dispute might arise between you… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

White Ribbon Day 2016


White Ribbon Day takes place annually on 25 November 2016 and is an awareness day where people are encouraged to pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms, by wearing a white ribbon to show their support. In the UK a domestic abuse incident is reported to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Call the Mediator

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Recently BBC screened a fly-on-the-wall-documentary following families in mediation with National Family Mediation, a service which offers mediation to families in dispute and break-up across the country.  This offered a glimpse at the service available for when relationships end and run into difficulty.  Each episode offered an insight into sessions between couples facing various decisions… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Top tips for finding the right divorce lawyer for you


Choosing a divorce lawyer is crucial not only to the outcome of your matter but also to how your matter progresses from start to finish in terms of stress for you and your children, cost, and length of time. Here are some tips to help you avoid making the wrong choice when it comes to… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)

What would leaving the EU mean for family law?

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The European Union (EU) has a limited role in family law matters. The EU is only entitled to make laws in areas where the treaties give it the specific competence to do so. It has no specific competence to make laws in relation to divorce, maintenance or parental responsibility. This means it cannot make laws… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

When being a parent makes you the enemy

Man and womans hands cutting paper chain family concept for divorce and child custody battle

It is often difficult for separated parents to put aside issues they might have with their former partner and promote a healthy relationship between that parent and the child, particularly in circumstances where one parent has been hurt by the other. The very lack of love, trust and goodwill that led to the breakdown of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)