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No fault divorce isn’t all good news

It seems so long ago that the media announced there would be ‘no fault’ divorce but I appreciate non-lawyers may not be quite as up to speed with what it all means for anyone who wants a divorce. We should all be grateful to Tina Owens whose case, Owen v…


What am I entitled to in a divorce settlement?

What am I entitled to in a divorce settlement

As with many questions in family law there is no one, simple answer to the question: what am I entitled to in a divorce settlement? Every case is different because the circumstances of each couple is different. Perhaps it is better to look at what needs to be considered so…


How to divorce and remain friends

Divorcing and staying friends

As divorce lawyers we see all ends of the spectrum when it comes to how couples divorce –whether they go through the process easily and in agreement; whether they experience emotional pain and distress or whether they put the gloves on with a determination to battle and fight every step…


How to prepare and tell your partner you want a divorce

Divorce - telling your spouse

The decision to leave a marriage is not an easy one. How to explain your position to your husband or wife is often more harrowing than coming to the realisation that your marriage is over. For the party “leaving” the marriage, here are some suggestions for preparing to tell your…


Divorce tips for mums

The divorce experience is often painful for all involved. Emotions can run high and for women, especially mothers, it’s often hard to set emotions aside and approach things in a pragmatic and dispassionate way. We’re often told by our female clients that their partners lack an emotional response, which makes…


How to maintain a relationship with your ex

Too few divorcing parents consider how they will continue their relationship with each other after a divorce. Now I know this sounds a bit odd. Surely they are divorcing because they don’t want a relationship? True, but the reality is that if they have children, they will most likely have…


Divorce – sorting out the finances

Getting a divorce settlement

A divorce is a legal process to dissolve a marriage in the eyes of the law. It involves completing forms, filing of that paperwork with the courts and, inevitably, a certain financial outlay to pay for the privilege. It does not include sorting out the assets of a couple or…


Divorce online – great innovation or legal minefield?

Applying for divorce online

When the fully digital divorce application service was first launched in May 2018 it promised to take the stress out of divorce and ease the process. Being able to apply online certainly means things can move far more quickly than previous paper applications.  It looks like the perfect way forward…


What, actually, is marriage?

What, actually, is marriage?

This is going to seem unromantic but, the reality is, marriage is a legal arrangement. The wedding is where you have the lovely dress, friends and family celebrating, big cake, first dance and the rest of it, but marriage is a legally binding contract. What does marriage mean legally? It…


Farming divorces and the Brexit Factor

Divorce and the Family Farm

All farmers know that life is stressful and that there is rarely enough time or money to achieve all you want. Add that to the everyday stresses of married life and supporting a family, and it is no surprise that farming families can be susceptible to divorce. Why are farming…


Preparing to speak to a divorce lawyer

You’ve made the difficult decision to end your marriage and want to speak to a divorce lawyer. You may be nervous about the first call with your divorce lawyer or simply not know where to start. This blog will help you prepare and make the most of the conversation with…


Frustrations of a Family Law Solicitor – Delays in Family Courts

Lawyer frustrations

As a family law solicitor, I have many frustrations; solicitors on the other side who don’t return my calls, the inability to secure a preferred barrister for a hearing because they are already booked and even the odd client who doesn’t take my advice and hinders their case. The most…


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