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Legal age of Marriage in England and Wales rises to 18

On 27 February 2023, the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022, enters into force. This means that 16 and 17 year olds will no longer be allowed to marry or enter a Civil Partnership, even if they have parental consent. The change in law means that vulnerable children will be better protected from… Read more »

Christmas Separation

Christmas Separation Seasonal and festive holidays like Christmas are seen as a time for joy and happiness. However, for separating couples and spouses, this is not the case. It can lead to feelings of isolation and deep upset throughout the festive period. Betteridges have put together our top tips for surviving this Christmas Period: Talk… Read more »

Good Divorce Week

28 November 2022 to 2 December 2022 This years ‘Good Divorce Week’ is being hosted by Resolution Resolution’s annual campaign for ‘Good Divorce Week’ seeks to promote amicable divorce and separations. Betteridges Solicitors are proud members of Resolution. This year’s campaign  highlights the crisis of the Family Courts and promotes the use of alternative dispute… Read more »


To help answer any questions you may have we’ve put together an overview of the divorce process in England and Wales. As you will see there is a set legal procedure to follow and many forms to fill in along the way – all of which must be correct in every detail. Whilst this all… Read more »


    The introduction from 6 April 2022 of the No Fault Divorce has already been welcomed by many as a much more amicable way to divorce. This is the biggest reform in Divorce Law since the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. Previously, divorcing couples had to assert blame or one of the following reasons: You… Read more »


DIVORCE POST BREXIT     For many people starting divorce proceedings, there can be questions as to what country or court has the official power or “jurisdiction” to deal with the proceedings. As with many areas of our day-to-day life, Brexit has had an impact on this! From 1 January 2021 onwards the grounds for… Read more »

Disagreements on vaccinating your child?

COVID vaccinations are now available for over 18s, and it is anticipated this could be expanded to include children by late summer this year. This means those with parental responsibility will need to consider whether or not their child should be vaccinated. Vaccinating children is not compulsory in England, and those with parental responsibility for… Read more »

How does a sudden change of income impact your child maintenance payments?

We are all experiencing the ongoing consequences of the national health pandemic, and many are facing salary cuts and redundancy. If you are a non-resident parent, this may leave you worrying about how to meet your obligation to pay child maintenance. The legal position, and what you can do, depends on how you are currently… Read more »

Arrangements for your child – are you planning to travel abroad this summer?

Many families are currently in the difficult position of deciding whether or not to go abroad this summer. This can be even more difficult for separated parents who may have different ideas on whether this is appropriate and in the children’s best interests, taking on board the on-going COVID-19 concerns. The legal position, subject to… Read more »

What is arbitration and am I eligible for it?

Arbitration: What is arbitration? Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution, and is available in both family financial disputes or child arrangement disputes. The parties enter into an agreement where they appoint a qualified person, the arbitrator, to make a determination in their dispute. The parties agree that the arbitrator’s decision will be binding… Read more »