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Time for no fault.. [ 17 May 2018 ]
On the 17th May 2018 the Supreme Court is hearing the case of Owens v Owens. This controversial case is an appeal by the wife, Mrs Owens, whose...
A Royal Wedding....legal issues (part 3) [ 04 May 2018 ]
Continuing the theme of potential issues the Royal couple may face following their imminent marriage, it is no doubt the hope of many that the...
A Royal Wedding...legal issues (part 2) [ 12 Apr 2018 ]
Having spoken last time about how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would go about properly entering into a pre-nuptial agreement, this blog will give...
A Royal Wedding....legal issues (part 1) [ 05 Apr 2018 ]
It is now just 6 weeks until the wedding of the year as Prince Harry prepares to marry Meghan Markle on the 19th May. Whilst there are undoubtedly...
More celebs, more bad (and wrong) press re family law... [ 07 Mar 2018 ]
In the last few weeks, speculation of Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne’s supposedly imminent split has been splashed across almost every tabloid newspaper...
Divorce, press and privacy [ 06 Feb 2018 ]
These days we are all far too familiar with the term ‘fake news’, but it seems the latest wave has stemmed from celebrity divorces, tabloid...
All I Want..... Is A Baby. [ 11 Jan 2018 ]
For various reasons, not everyone is able to have a child in the conventional sense and having just had Christmas it can be a particuarly...
Parental Responsibility for unmarried parents [ 13 Dec 2017 ]
In our last blog we wrote about the difference in legal position between unmarried and married parents in relation to financial provision for...
Financial Provision for children [ 30 Nov 2017 ]
It is now just as likely for an unmarried couple to have a child as it is for a married couple, but public awareness of the difference in legal...
Cohabitation Awareness Week [ 28 Nov 2017 ]
For more and more couples, living together without marrying is their fairy-tale ‘happy ending’, but the often mentioned concept of a ‘common law...
Hate to say it....but Christmas is coming.. [ 03 Nov 2015 ]
Now that Halloween is over...and in fact even before it was....you will no doubt have seen that Christmas is creeping up - shops are full of toys,...
Dispute Resolution Week 24-28th November 2014 [ 17 Nov 2014 ]
In aid and support of Resolution's National Dispute Resolution week (24th to 28th November) Purcell solicitors are donating all of their normal...
Legal Costs - The Options [ 14 Oct 2013 ]
Legal costs in family cases can range from hundreds of pounds in straightforward cases to many thousands of pounds in more complex or acrimonious...
Can a Child Know What is in Their Best Interests? (2) [ 22 Aug 2012 ]
Early this year I wrote about the Judge who agreed with the 15 year old girl who did not want to have a DNA test requested by her father. ...
Who's Decision to Allow a Child to Die? [ 20 Aug 2012 ]
There have been two recent cases when the Courts had to deal with the very difficult issue of whether a child should be allowed to die against their...
The Death of Legal Aid [ 17 Aug 2012 ]
Legal aid in most private law family cases will no longer be available from March 2013.  Therefore anyone, no matter their financial...
Shared Parenting - will it work? [ 23 Jun 2012 ]
The Government has recently published proposals giving four different options to amend the Children Act 1989 whereby the Court when considering...
Time to Change the Divorce Laws? [ 22 Jun 2012 ]
A recent article in the Daily Mail stated that a Wife whose case went to the Court of Appeal argued that her husband should never have been "...
Can a Child Know What Is In Their Best Interests? [ 14 Jun 2012 ]
In L v P (Paternity Test: Child's Objection) [2011 EWHC 3399 Fam the Court ruled that a 15 year old girl who objected to a DNA test was competent to...
Family Law With Family Values [ 02 Apr 2012 ]
Welcome to my Blog. When I started Purcell Solicitors in 2005 I never thought I would be blogging or communicating with the outside world through my...
Time for no fault.. [ 17 May 2018 ]
On the 17th May 2018 the Supreme Court is hearing the case of Owens v Owens. This controversial case is an appeal by the wife, Mrs Owens, whose...
A Royal Wedding....legal issues (part 3) [ 04 May 2018 ]
Continuing the theme of potential issues the Royal couple may face following their imminent marriage, it is no doubt the hope of many that the...
A Royal Wedding...legal issues (part 2) [ 12 Apr 2018 ]
Having spoken last time about how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would go about properly entering into a pre-nuptial agreement, this blog will give...
A Royal Wedding....legal issues (part 1) [ 05 Apr 2018 ]
It is now just 6 weeks until the wedding of the year as Prince Harry prepares to marry Meghan Markle on the 19th May. Whilst there are undoubtedly...
More celebs, more bad (and wrong) press re family law... [ 07 Mar 2018 ]
In the last few weeks, speculation of Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne’s supposedly imminent split has been splashed across almost every tabloid newspaper...
Divorce, press and privacy [ 06 Feb 2018 ]
These days we are all far too familiar with the term ‘fake news’, but it seems the latest wave has stemmed from celebrity divorces, tabloid...
All I Want..... Is A Baby. [ 11 Jan 2018 ]
For various reasons, not everyone is able to have a child in the conventional sense and having just had Christmas it can be a particuarly...
Parental Responsibility for unmarried parents [ 13 Dec 2017 ]
In our last blog we wrote about the difference in legal position between unmarried and married parents in relation to financial provision for...
Financial Provision for children [ 30 Nov 2017 ]
It is now just as likely for an unmarried couple to have a child as it is for a married couple, but public awareness of the difference in legal...
Cohabitation Awareness Week [ 28 Nov 2017 ]
For more and more couples, living together without marrying is their fairy-tale ‘happy ending’, but the often mentioned concept of a ‘common law...
Hate to say it....but Christmas is coming.. [ 03 Nov 2015 ]
Now that Halloween is over...and in fact even before it was....you will no doubt have seen that Christmas is creeping up - shops are full of toys,...
Dispute Resolution Week 24-28th November 2014 [ 17 Nov 2014 ]
In aid and support of Resolution's National Dispute Resolution week (24th to 28th November) Purcell solicitors are donating all of their normal...
Legal Costs - The Options [ 14 Oct 2013 ]
Legal costs in family cases can range from hundreds of pounds in straightforward cases to many thousands of pounds in more complex or acrimonious...
Can a Child Know What is in Their Best Interests? (2) [ 22 Aug 2012 ]
Early this year I wrote about the Judge who agreed with the 15 year old girl who did not want to have a DNA test requested by her father. ...
Who's Decision to Allow a Child to Die? [ 20 Aug 2012 ]
There have been two recent cases when the Courts had to deal with the very difficult issue of whether a child should be allowed to die against their...
The Death of Legal Aid [ 17 Aug 2012 ]
Legal aid in most private law family cases will no longer be available from March 2013.  Therefore anyone, no matter their financial...
Shared Parenting - will it work? [ 23 Jun 2012 ]
The Government has recently published proposals giving four different options to amend the Children Act 1989 whereby the Court when considering...
Time to Change the Divorce Laws? [ 22 Jun 2012 ]
A recent article in the Daily Mail stated that a Wife whose case went to the Court of Appeal argued that her husband should never have been "...
Can a Child Know What Is In Their Best Interests? [ 14 Jun 2012 ]
In L v P (Paternity Test: Child's Objection) [2011 EWHC 3399 Fam the Court ruled that a 15 year old girl who objected to a DNA test was competent to...
Family Law With Family Values [ 02 Apr 2012 ]
Welcome to my Blog. When I started Purcell Solicitors in 2005 I never thought I would be blogging or communicating with the outside world through my...