Local members of the family justice body Resolution have welcomed new research which shows most people back a change in the law to give cohabiting people more rights. Currently, cohabiting couples have few or no rights in the event of a relationship breakdown meaning that unlike married couples there is no mechanism for splitting assets.
Molly joined Machins in 2022. She is a Graduate Legal Executive in Machins family team and is based in both the Luton and Berkhamsted offices.
She has worked in family law since 2015 and has progressed within her role as a family lawyer over the years, whilst simultaneously undertaking full-time studies.
Molly started in an administrative role whilst undertaking her CILEx studies. Upon completion of her Level 3 Family Law and Practice exams in September 2016, Molly took on a caseload of basic divorce work whilst assisting senior fee earners with private children, injunction and financial work. Molly took on her own caseload of private divorce, children, financial and injunction matters in September 2018 upon completion of her Level 6 Family Law and Practice exams.
Molly prides herself on her organisation and preparation and ensures her work is completed to the best possible standard and has been described by her clients as being ‘professional and polite’ ‘efficient, pro-active and friendly’ and has received over 30 5* Google reviews.
Molly is a member of Resolution.
Approach to cases
“I approach cases pragmatically and ensure my clients are provided with clear advice on the options assisting them to proceed in the manner most appropriate for their case to achieve the best possible outcome.”
TestimonialsMolly was assigned to my case. I had already spent several years "fighting" to my avail. I had lost faith with all professionals. Then I met Molly. From day one she was committed and gave me exactly what I needed, gaining my respect and confidence for her advice. She gave me excellent direction and supported me to gain a fair and equitable settlement.Review Solicitors 5*Excellent service from start to finish. Ms Betts was so helpful and informative at every step. Couldn’t fault her and would recommend Machins.We did our complicated step parent adoption with Molly Betts at Machins Solicitors LLP and we couldn't be happier with the support and service we received from her. Molly was on hand daily to answer all and every question and query. She was kind, calm, quick and extremely knowledgeable in every area of our application. She worked tirelessly and went far above and beyond to ensure that we received the best support and outcome possible in our case, which we did and we are delighted with the result. Molly's extensive detailed knowledge of family law was an asset to our case and we couldn't be happier with our choice of legal representation. Thank you so much for everything!
Latest news by Molly Betts
Resolution Awareness Week and Cohabitation Reform Resolution’s ‘Awareness Week’ is taking place between 27th November and 1st December 2023. Resolution is an organisation of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve family issues taking a constructive and non-confrontational approach. All Machins Family Lawyers are committed to the Resolution Code of Conduct.
Machins Solicitors been recommended as a Top-Tier firm in one practice area for the fifth year running and has been recommended in seven practice areas in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2024 edition. Among the areas of expertise in which the firm is regarded includes family, corporate and commercial, employment as well as commercial litigation, private
Press Release 10 February 2023 Kathryn Ainsworth appointed Managing Partner of Machins Solicitors Following the sudden and tragic death of Managing Partner, Mark Pelopida, Machins Solicitors has appointed Kathryn Ainsworth to take over the role of Managing Partner going forward. Mark died unexpectedly after a short illness on Friday 2nd December 2022. At the time
Press Release – Monday 5th December 2022 It is with great sadness that Machins Solicitors announces the death of its Managing Partner, Mark Pelopida. Mark died unexpectedly after a short illness on Friday 2nd December 2022. He was 57 years old. For the immediate future, Kathryn Ainsworth will assume the role of Managing Partner. Kathryn
Christmas and other holiday periods should be among the happiest times of a child’s life but sadly they are often marred by divorced and separated parents arguing over access rights. Tensions between couples often come to the fore at this time of year but it’s the children who are likely to suffer the most as
The government is being urged to introduce reforms to provide better legal protection for cohabiting couples if their relationship breaks down. The number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled in the past generation with 1.5m in 1996, compared to 3.6m in 2021. The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee says there is a
Father’s Day is a special day to be enjoyed with children and family however unfortunately the day can be difficult for some fathers who are unable to spend the day with their child. Whilst it is hoped that parents would be able to agree the arrangements for special dates such as Father’s/Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays
The High Court has settled a dispute between a cohabiting couple over who should own the home they had shared until they split up. The couple, Mr Lee Hudson and Ms Jayne Hathway, had purchased their home in joint names. They both worked and paid their respective salaries into a joint account. Over time, Hudson’s earnings
The Family Court has offered useful guidance on whether money given to a married couple by their parents should be classed as a gift or a loan in divorce proceedings. The issue was raised in a settlement hearing between a couple who had large shareholdings in an energy company they had set up together before
Which? has recently undertaken a survey whereby 58% of people said that pensions were not discussed or shared as part of their financial settlement. Pensions often make up a large proportion of the matrimonial assets and sharing of pensions should always be considered upon the breakdown of a marriage, particularly when there is a disparity