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Tracey Dargan

Tracey Dargan

Partner and Head of Family Team
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On 7 August 2017, we posted a blog regarding the Court of Appeal’s judgement in the case of Owens v Owens. By way of recap, the case concerned a petition for divorce issued by Mrs Owens based on her husband’s unreasonable behaviour, which he [Mr Owens] defended.

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In July 2017, the Office of National Statistics published a marriage data survey reporting a distinct increase in marriages and divorces for those aged 65 years and over.

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It is now one year since the UK voted to leave the EU and the issue of how this will affect international divorce cases in England and Wales remains uncertain. Until we have clarity, it is important to bear in mind two main issues that arise regarding the issuing of divorce proceedings.

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With Father’s Day approaching this Sunday, this is undoubtedly a good time to consider just what rights a father has towards a child. A recent court ruling saw a British woman go to jail after supplying an ex-partner with fake paternity test results in order to convince him that her daughter was his child.

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More and more people are entering into second or even third marriages, civil partnerships and long-term relationships later in life. Frequently they have property, investments and savings and are concerned what will happen if the relationship breaks down.

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Divorce in Britain among the over-50s is increasingly on the rise, say recent figures published by the Office of National Statistics. A recent report stated that the number of so-called ‘silver divorces’ nationwide has increased by three quarters in the past 20 years, while the number of ‘younger divorces’ continues to fall.

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A study conducted by the Legal Services Board has found that British people are continually left dissatisfied by family law services from unregulated providers, highlighting the importance of seeking specialist advice from a regulated solicitor.

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A son in-law has won the right to challenge his mother-in-law's Will in a landmark legal ruling which could set a new precedent for future Will disputes.

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A hospital doctor is continuing to challenge the maintenance payments imposed by a divorce court. He argues the terms are unfair and mean that he has to work exceptionally long hours to cover the costs.

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A third of couples in the UK admit that financial security is the main reason they have remained with their current partner.

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A Judge has ruled that a divorcee can keep a long-disputed £3.5million divorce settlement, despite the fact that she now cohabits with a new partner.

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A woman who expected to be awarded £6million during divorce proceedings was left with just £36,000 after her husband died before a settlement could be finalised.

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The Family Justice Council (FJC) released new guidance for expert witnesses late last week, following longstanding claims that expert witnesses have a lack of understanding of the requirements of family law.

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Asking couples to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage in order to get a divorce is “bordering on cruel”, the new chair of family law group Resolution has said. In a speech to 400 family lawyers at the group’s annual conference in Gateshead, he said Resolution will continue to press ministers for change.

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Campaigners continue to feel frustrated over the lack of progress in changing the format of marriage certificates. In 2014, more than 70,000 people signed a petition calling for mothers’ names to be added to the forms used in England and Wales.

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The Family Justice Council (FJC) has launched a new guide entitled ‘Sorting out Finances on Divorce’. The aim of the guide is to help people who represent themselves in relation to the financial aspects of their divorce.

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In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of clients requiring pre-nuptial agreements (‘pre-nups’). With 42% of marriages sadly ending in divorce, many couples are opting to having a pre-nup. This blog aims to address some commonly asked questions about pre-nups.

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We have all been there, you have fallen out with your partner and said some things you regret. It is part and parcel of being in a relationship, but where is the line drawn between these occasional rows and actually becoming a victim or perpetrator of domestic abuse?

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On 14th October 2015, Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil were successful in their conjoined appeals to the Supreme Court; which has allowed them to re-open their respective financial claims based on their husband’s fraudulent non disclosure.

The judgment provides us with important clarification on the impact of fraudulent non-disclosure on a financial settlement agreed between a husband and wife on divorce.

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With 42% of marriages ending in divorce and around 40% of couples who cohabit separating before their tenth anniversary, family law is a subject matter that many will experience. If you are thinking about entering into a relationship or plan to marry, it is important you have a basic understanding of your rights and how you can protect yourself should things go wrong.

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The subject of disclosure is currently a hot topic in family law, particularly as a result of the impending decision of the Supreme Court in the cases of Sharland v Sharland [2014] EWCA Civ 95 and Gohil v Gohil [2014] EWCA Civ 274. In both...
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Longmores have made a second key appointment at partner level in as many months. Once again they have attracted an experienced solicitor from Central London. Tracey Dargan joined the firm on 1 April, having gained 10 years’ experience in...
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