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The pros and cons of involving children in family law proceedings

Children in English Family Court cases

The debate about whether children should have a voice in cases which decide their future was recently reignited. The BBC reported (Should children be heard in English family court cases?) that some children and campaigners supported by some senior family law judges wanted to see a change in the law…


Marriage and divorce in later life

Divorce and marriage later in life on the rise

As a family lawyer the work that you do changes with the times. The biggest change I’ve noticed in recent years is that I have seen a significant increase in divorce by more mature clients.  A recent report in The Telegraph which talked about the rise in women over the age of 65 getting married to avoid spending a long retirement alone highlights how much…


Valuing your financial assets when you divorce

Valuation assets on divorce

Divorcing couples often find reaching a financial settlement the most challenging part of the divorce process. And sometimes this is because they really don’t know where to start. Well-meaning advice from friends, misconceptions from the media and personal beliefs of what is ‘right’ and ‘fair’ can get in the way…


5 questions to ask before agreeing a financial settlement

Divorce financial settlement – 5 key questions

If you are facing the prospect of a divorce or separation one area that is likely to be of considerable concern to you is the financial side of things. In short are you going to be able to manage independently from your ex? So, what are the top 5 financial…


Telling the children you plan to divorce

Telling the children you plan to divorce

Making the decision to divorce can be difficult, for those with children it is often even more so. You need to consider how you will tell the children, how they will react and how you can minimise the impact upon them. As family law solicitors we see the consequences of…


Mr Justice Mostyn’s recent ruling on dating before divorce – sexist or practical?

A High Court judge has warned against having a relationship while still fighting over the matrimonial money. Does his ruling signal a new approach by the courts? In a written ruling, Mr Justice Mostyn said dating before divorce was a “fly in the ointment” for family court judges asked to…


Pre-nuptial agreements: new law proposed

Pre-nuptial agreements have been headline news in the last week. A report from the Law Commission includes a draft bill which could, finally, make pre-nups and post-nups legally binding. If correctly drawn up, with both parties getting expert advice and happy to be involved voluntarily, they currently do carry weight…


Inexpensive divorce is not out of reach – even in London

The cost of some divorces can be scary. If a couple are unwilling to agree on anything, are in no rush and have available funds, the costs can escalate to dizzying levels. But this is not the norm, you can access expert advice and support from an experienced family law…


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