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Our experts are keeping you up to date with our ever-changing industry. Change to family law is ever changing and it has to be because, as life evolves, so does the law. At Zeus Family Law our experts write news articles and blogs about any relevant issues and potential changes in the law to keep our clients and the public in general, fully informed in relation to all matters.

Proud Members 

Resolution’s members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family.

Resolution is a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. All members sign-up to the Code of Practice and are expected to complete training about using it in their day-to-day work. Associate members support the Code and are encouraged to apply it in their work.

Resolution membership is about the approach we take to our work, this means Resolution members will:

  • Reduce or manage any conflict and confrontation; for example, by not using inflammatory language.
  • Support and encourage families to put the best interests of any children first.
  • Act with honesty, integrity and objectivity.
  • Help clients understand and manage the potential long-term financial and emotional consequences of decisions.
  • Listen to and treat everyone with respect and without judgment.
  • Use our experience and knowledge to guide clients through the options available to them.
  • Continually develop knowledge and skills.

 

Sophie Lougher - Zeus Family Law

Our Managing Director, Sophie Lougher’s Bio

 Sophie has specialised in Family Law since 2008. She started out her career at Wales’ first dedicated family law firm, Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice. Sophie was chosen out of over 3,000 candidates who had applied for the role at this time. Wendy Hopkins was known to have an ability to spot and nurture legal talent.

Sophie worked very closely with the senior partners, on a number of high-profile financial cases which included professionals such as doctors, sporting professionals, actors, teachers, police officers, employees of the oil industry.

It was in this role that Sophie forged strong relationships with South Wales’ Family Barrister’s Chambers, along with numerous Family Law Practitioners. Sophie has built her reputation over the years and is known as a highly regarded Lawyer. With extensive knowledge in Family Law, Sophie has been described as a formidable opponent with magnificent negotiation skills, and is known for her straight-talking and no-nonsense approach.

Sophie is a highly experienced advocate, representing clients in the majority of her cases where Court proceedings have been issued, and instructing Counsel if and when she considers it preferable. Frequently representing clients at Court in matrimonial proceedings, including financial matters, Maintenance Pending Suit hearings, First Appointments and FDRs, all areas of Children Act proceedings, including Special Guardianship Orders, domestic violence cases, Fact Finding hearings, Pre-nuptial and Cohabitee agreements, care proceedings and adoptions.

A New Partnership

Zeus Family Law are really happy to announce our partnership with this amazing organisation.

UK SAYS NO MORE works with Boots UK, Superdrug pharmacies, Morrisons pharmacies and independent pharmacies across the UK to provide Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse.
How to access a Safe Space;
-Walk into any participating pharmacy in the UK.
-Ask at the healthcare counter to use their Safe Space.
-A pharmacist will show you to the Safe Space. Which will be the consultancy room.
-Once inside, you will find displayed specialist domestic abuse support information for you to access.

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Zeus Family Law Practice are ready!

We are here to help. Zeus Family Law are now contacting the clients who have been waiting for us to launch. We look forward to welcoming new clients and helping them with any questions. Please contact us if you have any questions, we will be happy to help with a no obligation chat. We work with clients to reduce the stress of all family matters requiring legal advice or representation. This may relate to divorce proceedings, unmarried couples that are separating, financial matters relating to either of these situations, and any arrangements in respect of children, including child maintenance.

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Zeus Family Law Practice Gearing up for Launch 2020

After successfully obtaining authorisation from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Zeus Family Law Practice are getting ready to make their website and social media live. We have clients waiting for our advice, we look forward to working with them and helping them very soon!

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No-fault divorce from 6th April 2022

A landmark change in Family law will see the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce in England and Wales.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act will allow couples to jointly agree that the marriage has broken down. This means they will be able to issue no-fault divorce proceedings, removing the requirement for one spouse to assign blame, in order to obtain a divorce.

This poses a welcome change in helping to support couples who separate and conclude their divorce process. It will reduce unnecessary tension or hostility, particularly for the individuals and any children involved, and resolve matters as amicably and constructively as possible.

The group representing family law legal practitioners, Resolution, has campaigned for over 30 years for a change in the law in this area.

The current law governing divorce provides that a divorce can only be considered on one of five facts, the first two being based on blame (the other party’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour) or separation of at least two years.

If couples did not wish to wait for at least two years, blame-based petitions would be encouraged. This would often result in early tensions and arguments, spilling over into related aspects concerning children and finances. It is hoped that this significant change in the law towards no-fault divorce will help to avoid such situations. However, couples will not be able to progress a petition until at least six months after the petition itself is filed with the court.

The finer detail of the no-fault divorce legislation and its implementation is yet to be fully clarified. Questions remain regarding such potential issues as whether costs orders will be made (if the petitioning party wishes to have some or all of the divorce costs paid by the receiving party). Costs orders are common in blame-based petitions but far rarer in petitions based upon separation.

It is also not yet entirely clear whether there will be any grounds for defending a petition if one party has a religious or moral objection to divorce, or if this will potentially leave them in a vulnerable financial position.

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Coronavirus (COV-19) Guidance May 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented all of us, our families, businesses and communities with an unprecedented situation. Family law is quickly evolving to try and deal with the challenges being presented regarding social distancing, courts not having in-person hearings and many other aspects of the current situation.

Zeus Family Law recognises that these problems can have a huge impact upon people’s lives, particularly where children have to move between separate parents, many will be experiencing varying levels of uncertainty, not knowing what to do for the best.

Child contact arrangements and lockdown; We are receiving many enquiries regarding arrangements for children who spend time with each of their parents, when those parents are no longer living together. It is worth emphasising that the movement of children under 18 between separate parental households is one exception to the Government’s Stay at Home Rules, and unless there is good reason, it is expected that children will continue to spend time with both parents as they may have prior to lockdown.

If direct contact is unavoidably missed then the Court will expect indirect alternatives to be arranged, including the usual methods of Skype, FaceTime and phone calls. It may also be appropriate for direct contact missed to be made up in some other way, at an alternative time.

Another common issue is where one parent feels the other is not taking social distancing seriously and may be exposing the child, and subsequently that parent’s household, to some form of risk. This can be especially problematic if that parent has underlying health problems or is in an at risk category. It is important to try to discuss concerns with the other parent and where there may be difficulties in communication, remote mediation may be of assistance. If this does not resolve the issue then we can advise and deal directly with the other parent or their solicitors. Ultimately, an application could be made to the Court if the problem is not capable of being resolved.

Official guidance from the President of the Family Division on Children Act proceedings in light of Covid-19 was issued in March.

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