Child Maintenance changes

For some years it has been a cause of criticism and concern that the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) does not take into consideration any notional income that a non-resident parent (NRP) may be deemed to receive. This meant that a

A changing approach to domestic abuse

Sadly, it is not uncommon for incidents of domestic abuse to occur both within relationships and between family members. The Office for National Statistics estimates that two million adults in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse between March 2017-2018 alone.

Co-parenting after Separation

Acrimonious divorces can make it extremely difficult to co-parent effectively afterwards. Clients often ask how they can try to put differences aside and manage ongoing tensions for the sake of the children. This is a very complex issue and needs

Jones Nickolds complete the London Legal Walk 2019

On Monday 17th June several members of Jones Nickolds completed the London Legal Walk 2019 raising money for charities that provide life changing legal advice and representation to those in need.  12 members of our staff walked, along with 4

Pensions as a substantial asset in divorce

The value of one’s pension can be a key factor in financial settlements upon divorce. Notably, in research recently published by financial planners Succession Wealth, it was shown that private pension wealth is in fact the biggest value asset in

Prenuptial Agreements – a cast iron guarantee?

In the recent case of Ipekçi v McConnell [2019] EWFC 19, Mr Justice Mostyn gave no weight to a pre-nuptial agreement which had been entered into by the parties in New York prior to their marriage. Before their wedding, in

The “Common Law Marriage” myth – still alive and kicking in 2019!

The recently published “British Social Attitudes Survey”, carried out by The National Centre for Social Research, revealed that 46 per cent of people in the UK believe that cohabiting couples form a “common law marriage”. The study was commissioned by

Don’t stay together for the kids?

A recent analysis by academics at University College London has highlighted the emotional impact on children of their parents separating. The research involved 6,245 children and young people within the UK, and found that the younger the children were at

The importance of complying with court orders

Last month’s sentencing hearing in the case of Hart v Hart [2018] EWHC 2966 was a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to court orders, as the husband’s sister was imprisoned after being found to be in contempt of

Jones Nickolds recognised by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500

We are very pleased to have been recognised again by the two main legal practice guides; Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. In Chambers we have once again been rated in Band 1, alongside only three other firms in