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Dawn of no-blame divorce era gives industry the opportunity to better support families

The news today (April 9, 2019) that no fault divorce finally looks likely to come into law in England and Wales presents us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change our industry and put family law at the heart of better relationships. Divorce lawyers – which is essentially how many people…

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Separating with Children – 101 answers

Separating with Children Only Mums Only Dads Book

Being a family law specialist in the 21st Century is more than just giving legal advice. There is a wider sphere of responsibility we feel and we are always looking for where we can create additional value. For us, this means a lot of time spent creating useful resources which…

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“Pragmatic reasons for supporting a good compromise” in divorce

couple discussing divorce

There is no escaping news coverage of Brexit. I’ve tried. It’s on your phone, on your internet searches, on Facebook – and a likely topic of conversation at some point whoever you speak to. It has blanket coverage. So, my challenge is this: is there any way we can make…

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Can Prince Harry help us make 2018 the Year of the Pre-nup?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

So Prince Harry has decided not to sign a pre-nup before marrying Meghan Markle, according to reports. He believes he doesn’t need to safeguard his estimated £30 million fortune because he is marrying Ms Markle for life – who herself is said to be worth £4 million and is on her…

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What are the consequences of a delayed divorce?

woman in delayed divorce sitting by the window looking unhappy

Making the decision to split from a spouse can be one of the hardest things that many people will do. Once they have made the decision and set the wheels in motions there is a seemingly endless list of “to dos” to get things sorted before they can move on…

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2018 – The Year of the Prenup?

married couple prenup

It’s 2018. Maybe this is the year to be honest about marriage and take the stigma out of marriage breakdown. Maybe, 2018 should be the year of the prenup? Discussions on prenuptial agreements are not new. After all, prenups have been around for some time. They are very popular, routine…

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How to protect your mental health in divorce

Divorce and mental health

The mental anguish caused by a relationship break-up and the problems that this can cause can so often be overlooked when there is so much else going on. You might expect to be a little more under pressure than normal when going through a divorce. There is so much to…

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Is there a “good” place in the UK to get divorced?

divorce and family law court

It is difficult to put a typical time on how long a divorce will take. We have said many times that the “quickie” divorce is a myth. The only thing that is quick is if the parties agree not to contest anything so the actual documentation is sorted very quickly….

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Why do women start divorce more often than men?

Divorce and family lawyers discuss why women are more likely to instigate divorce

Divorce ultimately affects many people. It is not just those directly involved – the husband, wife and children – but wider families, grandparents, circles of friends, even workmates. However, it all starts with one party petitioning for a divorce. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that,…

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What am I entitled to in a divorce settlement?

What am I entitled to in a divorce settlement

There is no one answer to the question: what am I entitled to in a divorce settlement? Every case is different because the circumstances of every couple are different. The Money Advice Service (MAS) offers a divorce settlement calculator but it does make a lot of assumptions and we would…

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What rights do fathers have? Fathers access rights UK

What rights do fathers have to see their children?

A common question I get asked during the divorce process from worried dads is: what rights do I have as a father? The first thing to say in response to this is that the law is focused on, and based around, the needs and rights of the children, not those…

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Do you legally have to give back an engagement ring? UK Law

Engagement rings and the law

Recently I was asked what happens if an engagement breaks down and one party requests the return of the engagement ring. Now you might assume that it would be the property of the person who received the “gift”. This is not so straightforward though and consideration must be given as…

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