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Can my ex claim half of my new house?

When you get divorced, the financial commitments you and your ex-partner have towards one another are not automatically severed. If you do not have a financial order which includes a clean break clause, your former partner could potentially have rights to property after divorce, even if you make a purchase…


Does the length of my marriage affect my divorce settlement?

The length of your marriage will have an impact on your divorce settlement. Generally speaking, the longer you are married, the more likely it is that your divorce settlement will be closer to an equal division of your assets. However, it is also important to keep in mind that the…


Does my husband have to pay the bills until we are divorced in the UK?

Understanding your financial responsibilities during a separation is incredibly important. Given the significant change in circumstances that a divorce can represent, there can often be some confusion concerning who is obligated to pay for household bills until the divorce is confirmed. While a divorce application is ongoing, typical household bills,…


How to split up when you own a house together

Plenty of important arrangements usually need to be made if you are separating from your partner. Finalising what happens if you are splitting up when you own a house can often be among the most challenging. Exactly what will happen if you split up when owning a house will depend…


What is a Mesher Order?

A Mesher order is a court order that deals with the family home after a divorce. It is essentially an order for a deferred sale, with the property remaining in the couple’s joint names until a trigger event occurs. Taking its name from the family whose case first established the…


Conditional Order in Divorce

There are various stages to the divorce process in England and Wales. Regardless of whether you are making a sole or joint application, you will always need to apply to the courts for a Conditional Order (formerly referred to as a Decree Nisi). Conditional Orders in divorce are an important…


Final Order in Divorce

The process of making a divorce application involves several steps, culminating in a Final Order being issued by the courts. Final Orders represent a critical point in divorce proceedings. A Final Order legally confirms that a divorce is complete. Given the importance of Final Orders, it is vital to understand…


Can a consent order be changed?

If you have divorced, or intend to divorce, you may already be aware of the importance of a consent order. Without an order in place, any financial arrangements you make will not be considered legally binding. While consent orders are vital, sometimes circumstances can quickly change. This means that any…


What is void and voidable marriage in the UK?

The grounds for getting an annulment in the UK are very strict. Statistics from ONS indicate that only 231 annulments took place in 2021, which tells us that annulments in the UK are rare. For an annulment to be granted, a marriage must be either ‘void’ or ‘voidable’. This can be a…


What is reasonable access for fathers in the UK?

The rights of parents and especially fathers to spend time with their children after a couple separate can be a highly complex and emotive issue. It’s unfortunately common to hear tales of fathers who are being denied the right to access their children, leading them to question what rights they…


Breach of consent order

Consent orders are essential if you intend to make any financial agreements legally binding following a divorce. Without a consent order in place, either party will be able to change their mind about any informal agreements that have previously been made, which could have major consequences. Once a consent order…


Annulment vs divorce: What’s the difference?

There are many reasons why couples tend to view annulment as the preferred option when compared to divorce. This includes situations where there are religious or cultural reasons for not wanting a divorce, where a couple have not been married for 12 months and are unable to legally divorce, or…


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