Divorce and Pension Entitlement

When a marriage breaks down and spouses begin the task of trying to negotiate a financial settlement, many are often surprised to discover that one of the most valuable assets in their marriage, particularly if it is a long marriage, is their pension.

Claire Edgar Article on Domestic Abuse published by VIEWDigital Media

Our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has published a legal article in the latest edition of VIEWDigital, a community media organisation engaged in social affairs journalism. 

Family Law Department develop top Legal Blog entitled Life Law NI

In June 2015, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar and Associate Solicitor Karen Connolly developed and launched a legal blog called ‘Life Law NI’.  

Claire Edgar is Committee Member of Belfast Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership

Throughout her career, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has taken a special interest in legal issues around domestic violence.

Claire Edgar is featured Legal Columnist for NI4Kids Magazine

Since 2010, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar has been a featured legal columnist for the NI4Kids Magazine.

Claire Edgar is Facilitator at Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence

  This week in Belfast, our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar is undertaking the role of course facilitator at the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence, a training course to tackle gender-based violence.

Claire Edgar is Guest Speaker at Womens Aid Annual Conference

One of our Partners, Claire Edgar will be attending as a guest speaker at the Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid Annual Conference today.  The Conference celebrates the organisation’s work over the last year and outlines their plans and ambitions for the year ahead.

An Overview of Surrogacy Law in NI

This week, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed the arrival of a baby girl via surrogate.  It is understood that the celebrity couple opted for the surrogacy route for their third child after Kim’s two high risk pregnancies with daughter North aged 4 years old and 1 year old son Saint. 

Karen Connolly involved in development and launch of Domestic Abuse App 'HavenBelfast'

The Belfast Area Domestic & Sexual Violence and Abuse Partnership, in conjunction with the PSCPS and Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, have launched an App providing information and assistance to victims experiencing domestic and sexual violence. 

Medical care - your rights and who decides

  Our Family Law Partner Claire Edgar is a featured columnist for NI4Kids.

Baby Charlie Gards parents lose Supreme Court appeal for US medical treatment

  The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal made by the parents of sick baby Charlie Gard, over plans to take him to the US for experimental medical treatment.

Other explanation for alleged Shaken Baby Syndrome highlighted in recent England case

  A recent case in England has highlighted the importance of fully and thoroughly investigating cases of suspected Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Wife refused divorce as unreasonable behaviour claimed is expected in a marriage

  The wife of a multimillionaire farmer has asked the Court of Appeal to overturn the decision made by a lower Court to refuse her a divorce after the Judge hearing her divorce ruled that her husband's behaviour was to be "expected in a marriage".

Parental Responsibility

Being a parent brings with it many joys and rewards, though most parents would agree that with these rewards comes a lifetime of responsibility. It is the job of both parents of a child to ensure that this responsibility is taken seriously and exercised in the best interests of their children.  

New Child Protection Disclosure Arrangements for NI

New arrangements were recently put in place in Northern Ireland to help make it easier for anyone who has concerns about someone who might be posing a risk to children to find out if that person has a criminal record for sexual offences or for violent offences which could indicate a risk to children.

School attendance and the Law

  Growing up, most of us didn’t particularly enjoy getting up early and going to school each day, and as parents we have probably experienced our fair share of early morning tears and tantrums from our own children on the same issue!   There is normally an almighty whoop in the air when the school summer holidays come about and our children are faced with a few months of school-free bliss.

Material Girl Madonna fights for custody of son in Court

Madonna and her former husband Guy Ritchie are in the midst of a transatlantic custody battle over the parties’ 15 year old son Rocco. Legal proceedings began when after Rocco left Madonna’s world tour in December and went to live with his father in London.

Belfast Domestic Violence Partnership

  This month Claire Edgar, our Partner who heads up our Family Law Department, was a speaker at the Belfast Domestic Violence Partnership conference.   The conference, which was held in Belfast Castle for a wide range of professional delegates, dealt with Legal Remedies in Domestic Violence.

dragons den star duncan bannatyne gave false evidence in divorce

  Former Dragon's Den star and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne has failed in an attempt to prevent a newspaper from reporting allegations that he gave false evidence during his divorce in 2012.

guest blog - PSNI domestic abuse officer

  Sergeant Joanne Eakin is a Domestic Abuse Officer with the Belfast Public Protection Unit within the PSNI.  Here, Joanne provides a guest blog telling us about the role of a Domestic Abuse Officer and how the PSNI deal with incidents of domestic abuse.