News entries in Family Law

  • Case law: Court gives guidance on maintenance payable to ex-spouses, including when they fail to get a job

    Ex-spouses paying or receiving maintenance should consider whether the maintenance could be ended or varied following comments in a recent ruling. They should also consider whether they can apply to reduce maintenance on the basis that their ex-spouse should go and find a job.

  • Cohabiting Explained

    Marsden Rawsthorn is a dynamic, innovative and modern law firm, based in Fulwood and Buckshaw Village.
    Ambitious and forward thinking, their experienced lawyers and dedicated support team work with clients to fully understand their legal needs, simplify the complexity of their legal issues and find the most practical, cost effective and common sense legal solutions. When it comes to property ownership and cohabiting, they offer a personal approach, which is designed to alleviate stress.

  • Family Matters

    Marsden Rawsthorn is a dynamic, innovative and modern law firm, based in Fulwood and Buckshaw Village. Ambitious and forward thinking, their experienced lawyers and dedicated support team work with clients to fully understand their legal needs, simplify the complexity of their legal issues and find the most practical, cost effective and common sense legal solutions.

    When it comes to family law, they offer a personal approach, which is designed to alleviate stress at a difficult time.

  • Preston law firm supports Lancashire Women’s Centres

    Women in Blackpool have benefitted from legal advice, at no cost, on a range of issues, thanks to a number of clinics set up by law firm Marsden Rawsthorn.

     

    The Preston and Chorley based solicitors has linked up with Lancashire Women’s Centres, to run a series of clinics that are open to all who need legal advice on everything from family matters and housing to money problems and domestic abuse.

  • Additional protection for victims of Domestic Violence to come into forceAdditional protection for victims of Domestic Violence to come into force

    The Secretary of State for the Home Department Theresa May announced in November last year in her statement to Parliament her intention to roll out nationally domestic violence protection orders and the domestic violence disclosure scheme across England and Wales.   These are due to commence in March 2014.

    Sahida Ahmed, head of the Family Law team at Marsden Rawsthorn comments on how this additional protection will help her team to deal with victims of domestic violence during legal proceedings.

  • Fixed Fee Divorces for your peace of mindFixed Fee Divorces for your peace of mind

    Following the abolition of legal aid, we have launched a fixed-fee divorce scheme to take the stress out of divorce, making the process more affordable.

    Since legal aid was abolished in April, funding is no longer available for people seeking a divorce.

  • Men increasingly at risk of Domestic Violence, warns legal expertMen increasingly at risk of Domestic Violence, warns legal expert

    A growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence according to latest statistics from the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), and a legal expert believes cases are still on the rise.

    Research from the NCDV reveals that every third victim of domestic violence is male, and that one in six men will experience it in their lifetime – equating to around four million men in the UK.
    It was also discovered that roughly the same percentage of men as women are victims of severe acts of domestic violence.

    But a legal expert at Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors, based in Preston and Chorley, is not surprised at the numbers, and has witnessed first-hand the full effect of domestic violence on men.
    Libby Daultrey, associate directorat Marsden Rawsthorn, said: “I have seen increasing numbers of cases where men are the victims of domestic violence, which may be linked to a corresponding increase in cases where female alcohol abuse is a key factor.

  • Free Family Law Clinic launched at New Leyland Citizen Advice BureauFree Family Law Clinic launched at New Leyland Citizen Advice Bureau

    Following on from the success of our free law clinics we are delighted to be able to assist the newly launched Leyland Citizen Advice by running a free Family law clinic every Friday from 2pm to 5pm. This provides the opportunity to meet with a qualified lawyer to discuss any Family law issues you may have. To book an appointment please call Leyland Citizen Advice Bureau on 01772 424282.

  • Grandparents Rights to AccessGrandparents Rights to Access

    It is almost certainly the case that many grandparents today play a fundamentally different role to that played by their own grandparents when they were children. Society has changed radically, and irrevocably, in ways which impact upon the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren in modern society, especially in two main areas.

    Firstly, it is now the norm for the greater majority of mothers to work at least part time (indeed, part of the last Labour Governments impetus, in terms of the family, was to make it easier for that to happen by the provision of better day care through nursery placements, albeit there is plenty of psychological argument that this may have been misconceived) which has led to an increasing role of grandparents as front line back up day carers.

  • Facebook referenced in 1 in 5 divorces!Facebook referenced in 1 in 5 divorces!

    With 400 million active Facebook users, the possibility of reaching people through social networking sites is becoming increasingly simple. Social media websites provide many people with the perfect opportunity to reconnect with faces from their past, whether this be an old friend, long lost relative or an ex-partner.

    With 50% of Facebook users over the age of 25, the prospect of connecting with an ex-partner is a becoming ever more likely, especially when one out of every six minutes online is spent on a social media website. Though the idea or reconnecting with the past seems harmless and is usually pursued with good intentions, it is not always advisable...

  • Pre-nup's and PitfallsPre-nup's and Pitfalls

    Despite the growing trend in pre-nuptial agreements across Europe and celebrities in the limelight such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt consenting to separation agreements, the Brit’s still seem squeamish about family law and financial planning. Everything we do in life is tied up in contracts and disclaimers - we take out life insurance as a sensible step in case the worst happens, employers draw up official contracts in order to ensure they gain the best from their staff and yet, when it comes to marriage and family we tend not to take sensible steps in planning the future.The possible divorce of Cheryl and Ashley Cole could demonstrate the value of pre-nups. Ashley chose not to insist on a pre-nup. Although Cheryl is worth an estimated £6 million in her own right, Ashley's wealth is much higher and mostly accrued during the marriage leaving the way open for Cheryl to seek a substantial settlement from Ashley.

  • Boost for Family Law Team at Marsden RawsthornBoost for Family Law Team at Marsden Rawsthorn

    Preston and Chorley based law firm Marsden Rawsthorn is pleased to announce the appointment of Janis Clandon into the position of Senior Solicitor, as part of the family law department.

    Having studied law at Brunel University, London, Janis has been practising law since 1982 and comes from the Kennedy Partnership in Ormskirk where she headed up the matrimonial department. She will be specialising in matrimonial, children and family care law at Marsden Rawsthorn.

  • Collaboration is the key to damage limitationCollaboration is the key to damage limitation

    It is a sad fact of life that divorce is here to stay. In recent years, statistics have suggested that almost half of UK marriages will end in failure. The relationship breakdown is not merely emotional but also financial, as anyone who has been through the divorce process will just know how costly court battles can be.

    However, as Sahida Ahmed, Family Law Specialist at Solicitors Marsden Rawsthorn explains, it is often not divorce itself, but the way in which you divorce takes the heaviest toll. She suggests that a collaborative approach can limit some of the financial and emotional damage that can last a lifetime.

  • Courts get tough on Contact Order breachesCourts get tough on Contact Order breaches

    Libby Daultrey, Head of Family Law at Marsden Rawsthorn, explains the implications of an important change to the Children Act, which could lead to financial penalties and even unpaid labour for non-compliant parents.

    Approximately 200,000 couples with children separate each year.Most of these couples are able to make satisfactory arrangements between themselves for their children. Approximately 10% however cannot agree arrangements and are obliged to seek court assistance.

  • Unmarried couples continue to lose out as marriage rates hit all time lowUnmarried couples continue to lose out as marriage rates hit all time low

    New inheritance rules announced by the Ministry of Justice continue to ignore unmarried partners of people who die without a will, despite marriage rates falling to their lowest level for more than 150 years.

  • Marsden Rawsthorn working with Preston Womens RefugeMarsden Rawsthorn working with Preston Womens Refuge

    Marsden Rawsthorn works closely with Preston Womens Refuge and we hold a drop in session every Wednesday providing legal advice for women who are experiencing difficulties.

  • Collaborative Family LawCollaborative Family Law

    It is still a sad fact of life that divorce is here to stay.

    In recent years, statistics have suggested that almost half of UK marriages will end in failure. The real cost of the relationship breakdown is not merely financial, but also emotional, however anyone who has been through the divorce process will know how costly court battles can be. However, one cannot ignore that it is not divorce itself but the way in which you divorce which takes the heaviest toll. For those divorcing it is both a personal and emotional upheaval. A bad divorce can leave a lasting mark not only on the parties but on the children and the immediate extended family and support network. It is therefore why we, at Marsden Rawsthorn, provide a service for those who wish to commit to adopting a non-confrontational approach to their divorce and can be assisted in having their divorce process assisted by a collaborative process.

  • Scrap court fee proposalsScrap court fee proposals

    Preston law firm calls on government to scrap court fee proposals. Leading Preston law firm is calling on the government to scrap proposed increases in court fees that it claims could threaten the interests of vulnerable children. Marsden Rawsthorn has warned that plans to increase court fees in childcare proceedings by up to 2500% could deny vulnerable children access to justice and expose them to serious risk.

  • Family law and Children's law specialist as head of its Family DepartmentFamily law and Children's law specialist as head of its Family Department

    North West law firm appoint Family law and Children’s law specialist as head of its Family Department. Marsden Rawsthorn has appointed Libby Daultrey to head up its Family Department. Libby joins Marsden Rawsthorn to lead its Family Law team and will specialise in family and children’s law issues...

  • The help and assistance I received from all members of Marsden Rawthorns staff was excellent
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  • Case law: Court gives guidance on maintenance payable to ex-spouses, including when they fail to get a job

    Ex-spouses paying or receiving maintenance should consider whether the maintenance could be ended or varied following comments in a recent ruling. They should also consider whether they can apply to reduce maintenance on the basis that their ex-spouse should go and find a job.

  • Cohabiting Explained

    Marsden Rawsthorn is a dynamic, innovative and modern law firm, based in Fulwood and Buckshaw Village.
    Ambitious and forward thinking, their experienced lawyers and dedicated support team work with clients to fully understand their legal needs, simplify the complexity of their legal issues and find the most practical, cost effective and common sense legal solutions. When it comes to property ownership and cohabiting, they offer a personal approach, which is designed to alleviate stress.

  • Family Matters

    Marsden Rawsthorn is a dynamic, innovative and modern law firm, based in Fulwood and Buckshaw Village. Ambitious and forward thinking, their experienced lawyers and dedicated support team work with clients to fully understand their legal needs, simplify the complexity of their legal issues and find the most practical, cost effective and common sense legal solutions.

    When it comes to family law, they offer a personal approach, which is designed to alleviate stress at a difficult time.

  • Preston law firm supports Lancashire Women’s Centres

    Women in Blackpool have benefitted from legal advice, at no cost, on a range of issues, thanks to a number of clinics set up by law firm Marsden Rawsthorn.

     

    The Preston and Chorley based solicitors has linked up with Lancashire Women’s Centres, to run a series of clinics that are open to all who need legal advice on everything from family matters and housing to money problems and domestic abuse.

  • Additional protection for victims of Domestic Violence to come into forceAdditional protection for victims of Domestic Violence to come into force

    The Secretary of State for the Home Department Theresa May announced in November last year in her statement to Parliament her intention to roll out nationally domestic violence protection orders and the domestic violence disclosure scheme across England and Wales.   These are due to commence in March 2014.

    Sahida Ahmed, head of the Family Law team at Marsden Rawsthorn comments on how this additional protection will help her team to deal with victims of domestic violence during legal proceedings.

  • Fixed Fee Divorces for your peace of mindFixed Fee Divorces for your peace of mind

    Following the abolition of legal aid, we have launched a fixed-fee divorce scheme to take the stress out of divorce, making the process more affordable.

    Since legal aid was abolished in April, funding is no longer available for people seeking a divorce.

  • Men increasingly at risk of Domestic Violence, warns legal expertMen increasingly at risk of Domestic Violence, warns legal expert

    A growing number of men are suffering from domestic violence according to latest statistics from the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), and a legal expert believes cases are still on the rise.

    Research from the NCDV reveals that every third victim of domestic violence is male, and that one in six men will experience it in their lifetime – equating to around four million men in the UK.
    It was also discovered that roughly the same percentage of men as women are victims of severe acts of domestic violence.

    But a legal expert at Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors, based in Preston and Chorley, is not surprised at the numbers, and has witnessed first-hand the full effect of domestic violence on men.
    Libby Daultrey, associate directorat Marsden Rawsthorn, said: “I have seen increasing numbers of cases where men are the victims of domestic violence, which may be linked to a corresponding increase in cases where female alcohol abuse is a key factor.

  • Free Family Law Clinic launched at New Leyland Citizen Advice BureauFree Family Law Clinic launched at New Leyland Citizen Advice Bureau

    Following on from the success of our free law clinics we are delighted to be able to assist the newly launched Leyland Citizen Advice by running a free Family law clinic every Friday from 2pm to 5pm. This provides the opportunity to meet with a qualified lawyer to discuss any Family law issues you may have. To book an appointment please call Leyland Citizen Advice Bureau on 01772 424282.

  • Grandparents Rights to AccessGrandparents Rights to Access

    It is almost certainly the case that many grandparents today play a fundamentally different role to that played by their own grandparents when they were children. Society has changed radically, and irrevocably, in ways which impact upon the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren in modern society, especially in two main areas.

    Firstly, it is now the norm for the greater majority of mothers to work at least part time (indeed, part of the last Labour Governments impetus, in terms of the family, was to make it easier for that to happen by the provision of better day care through nursery placements, albeit there is plenty of psychological argument that this may have been misconceived) which has led to an increasing role of grandparents as front line back up day carers.

  • Facebook referenced in 1 in 5 divorces!Facebook referenced in 1 in 5 divorces!

    With 400 million active Facebook users, the possibility of reaching people through social networking sites is becoming increasingly simple. Social media websites provide many people with the perfect opportunity to reconnect with faces from their past, whether this be an old friend, long lost relative or an ex-partner.

    With 50% of Facebook users over the age of 25, the prospect of connecting with an ex-partner is a becoming ever more likely, especially when one out of every six minutes online is spent on a social media website. Though the idea or reconnecting with the past seems harmless and is usually pursued with good intentions, it is not always advisable...

  • Pre-nup's and PitfallsPre-nup's and Pitfalls

    Despite the growing trend in pre-nuptial agreements across Europe and celebrities in the limelight such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt consenting to separation agreements, the Brit’s still seem squeamish about family law and financial planning. Everything we do in life is tied up in contracts and disclaimers - we take out life insurance as a sensible step in case the worst happens, employers draw up official contracts in order to ensure they gain the best from their staff and yet, when it comes to marriage and family we tend not to take sensible steps in planning the future.The possible divorce of Cheryl and Ashley Cole could demonstrate the value of pre-nups. Ashley chose not to insist on a pre-nup. Although Cheryl is worth an estimated £6 million in her own right, Ashley's wealth is much higher and mostly accrued during the marriage leaving the way open for Cheryl to seek a substantial settlement from Ashley.

  • Boost for Family Law Team at Marsden RawsthornBoost for Family Law Team at Marsden Rawsthorn

    Preston and Chorley based law firm Marsden Rawsthorn is pleased to announce the appointment of Janis Clandon into the position of Senior Solicitor, as part of the family law department.

    Having studied law at Brunel University, London, Janis has been practising law since 1982 and comes from the Kennedy Partnership in Ormskirk where she headed up the matrimonial department. She will be specialising in matrimonial, children and family care law at Marsden Rawsthorn.

  • Collaboration is the key to damage limitationCollaboration is the key to damage limitation

    It is a sad fact of life that divorce is here to stay. In recent years, statistics have suggested that almost half of UK marriages will end in failure. The relationship breakdown is not merely emotional but also financial, as anyone who has been through the divorce process will just know how costly court battles can be.

    However, as Sahida Ahmed, Family Law Specialist at Solicitors Marsden Rawsthorn explains, it is often not divorce itself, but the way in which you divorce takes the heaviest toll. She suggests that a collaborative approach can limit some of the financial and emotional damage that can last a lifetime.

  • Courts get tough on Contact Order breachesCourts get tough on Contact Order breaches

    Libby Daultrey, Head of Family Law at Marsden Rawsthorn, explains the implications of an important change to the Children Act, which could lead to financial penalties and even unpaid labour for non-compliant parents.

    Approximately 200,000 couples with children separate each year.Most of these couples are able to make satisfactory arrangements between themselves for their children. Approximately 10% however cannot agree arrangements and are obliged to seek court assistance.

  • Unmarried couples continue to lose out as marriage rates hit all time lowUnmarried couples continue to lose out as marriage rates hit all time low

    New inheritance rules announced by the Ministry of Justice continue to ignore unmarried partners of people who die without a will, despite marriage rates falling to their lowest level for more than 150 years.

  • Marsden Rawsthorn working with Preston Womens RefugeMarsden Rawsthorn working with Preston Womens Refuge

    Marsden Rawsthorn works closely with Preston Womens Refuge and we hold a drop in session every Wednesday providing legal advice for women who are experiencing difficulties.

  • Collaborative Family LawCollaborative Family Law

    It is still a sad fact of life that divorce is here to stay.

    In recent years, statistics have suggested that almost half of UK marriages will end in failure. The real cost of the relationship breakdown is not merely financial, but also emotional, however anyone who has been through the divorce process will know how costly court battles can be. However, one cannot ignore that it is not divorce itself but the way in which you divorce which takes the heaviest toll. For those divorcing it is both a personal and emotional upheaval. A bad divorce can leave a lasting mark not only on the parties but on the children and the immediate extended family and support network. It is therefore why we, at Marsden Rawsthorn, provide a service for those who wish to commit to adopting a non-confrontational approach to their divorce and can be assisted in having their divorce process assisted by a collaborative process.

  • Scrap court fee proposalsScrap court fee proposals

    Preston law firm calls on government to scrap court fee proposals. Leading Preston law firm is calling on the government to scrap proposed increases in court fees that it claims could threaten the interests of vulnerable children. Marsden Rawsthorn has warned that plans to increase court fees in childcare proceedings by up to 2500% could deny vulnerable children access to justice and expose them to serious risk.

  • Family law and Children's law specialist as head of its Family DepartmentFamily law and Children's law specialist as head of its Family Department

    North West law firm appoint Family law and Children’s law specialist as head of its Family Department. Marsden Rawsthorn has appointed Libby Daultrey to head up its Family Department. Libby joins Marsden Rawsthorn to lead its Family Law team and will specialise in family and children’s law issues...

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    Not only are we passionate and enthusiastic but we recognise the importance of clear honest and prompt commitment to ensure success and results. At our easily accessible offices in Buckshaw Village - Chorley and Fulwood - Preston with FREE car parking facilities and a warm welcome we thrive to ensure all our clients are the main focus and are dealt with care and integrity every step of the way.

  • Baby Beat Charity Annual Golf Day Sponsorship

    We are proud to be sponsoring a hole at Baby Beat Charity Annual Golf Day in September. 

  • Buckshaw Business Community Networking Event

    The thriving community of Buckshaw Village is growing day by day.

    Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors would like to bring local businesses closer together by hosting a regular Networking Event and we want YOU to attend.

  • Alzheimer’s Cake Sale day 2017

    We recently held an Alzheimer’s Cake Sale day at both our Offices in Chorley and Preston, we raised £65 in total for Alzheimer’s Society.

  • The help and assistance I received from all members of Marsden Rawthorns staff was excellent