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How can we make divorce less confrontational?

How can we make divorce less confrontational?

Baroness Deech has never been one to mince her words. Recently, she spoke of the urgent need to “clean-up” the divorce process, making it less inflammatory and antagonistic than it currently is. She is proposing a Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill to improve the process and help children whose future needs…

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Will I lose my family home if we divorce?

I don't want to lose my home

As a family law solicitor for almost 30 years the most common question I am asked when I first speak to a client is “Will I lose my family home?” Clearly this is one of the most pressing concerns for people when it comes to separation and divorce and that…

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Four steps to a fair financial settlement on divorce

Four steps to a financial settlement

Over the years it has become apparent that in order to reach an agreement on financial claims within divorce proceedings people, both lawyers and clients, can approach things in a slightly haphazard manner which can create difficulties and ultimately add time, stress and cost, often unnecessarily.  Like everything in life,…

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Divorce makes financial settlement binding

Divorce financial settlement

As a divorce solicitor I speak daily to people who have already or are about to separate. For the vast majority their anxieties rest around their financial position. They want to get everything sorted financially and the last thing they want to discuss or even think about is taking what…

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Financial support, even before divorce is granted

If one party in divorce proceedings feels they need financial support from the other, even before a full financial claim is settled or the divorce decree obtained it is possible to make an application to the court for something called ‘Maintenance Pending Suit.’ As this is quite a complicated legal…

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How to tackle a business in divorce

Businesses can be a sticky and complicated area when it comes to getting a divorce. Regularly, I am approached by my clients who ask how they can “get their hands on” their spouse’s business assets. Conversely, there are those concerned that their partner is seeking to make a claim on…

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Reaching a financial settlement on divorce

The devil is in the detail. Never is this phrase so true as when drawing up a financial settlement as part of a divorce. The financial settlement, enshrined in a Consent Order from the court, can cover a huge range of issues, such as what will happen to any property,…

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Pubs are no place for family law advice

We can see the effects of the current economic recession everywhere. Empty shops on the high street, high unemployment, stunted industrial growth – and a rise in the stock of pub lawyers. Ironically in the week that a report said pubs had sold 4.8% fewer pints this year compared to…

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