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How often does a judge reject a consent order?

Dividing matrimonial finances during divorce can often be achieved on a voluntary basis. However, any agreements reached will not be binding unless a consent order has been approved by the court. It is important to note that consent orders will not be automatically approved by a judge. A judge will…


What is legal separation in the UK?

There are many reasons why a couple may choose a legal separation as opposed to applying for a divorce or civil partnership dissolution. Whether for religious or cultural reasons, or because a couple have been married or in a civil partnership for less than a year, a legal separation is…


What is a prenup?

A prenup (more formally referred to as a prenuptial agreement) is a document that couples can sign prior to marriage which clarifies their respective financial rights and obligations. An effective prenup in the UK will make provision for any property, debts, income, and assets that a couple have purchased together,…


Separation Agreements: Are they legally binding?

Separation Agreements: Are they legally binding?

Knowing where you stand during separation can be very difficult to comprehend, especially where you share children and/or financial assets. One solution to remedy this confusion would be a separation agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions that govern the separation. This includes the division of assets and any financial…


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. The starting point for dividing assets will normally be a 50/50 split. However,…


What is a clean break order?

When do you need a clean break order?

We often hear divorcing couples say they want a “clean break”. How many of them, however, really understand what is meant legally by “a clean break”? Having a clean break means that from a date specified in a Court Order, neither party to the marriage will be able to make…


Living with a partner who owns the house – what are your rights?

Unmarried couples owning property together – the law

As a family lawyer, I am rarely involved at the start of a relationship when all is going well and people are considering moving in together. Instead, my involvement normally arises at the point the relationship is breaking down or has broken down. This has given me a lot of…


No fault divorce: pros and cons

Couple next to tree

Since April 2022, couples in England and Wales have been able to take advantage of a new ‘no fault’ divorce process, under the terms of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. This represents a significant change to how divorce works in England and Wales, so it is important for…


How to find a good divorce lawyer in the UK

In this blog we cover what a good divorce looks like and what makes a good divorce lawyer. With the Good Divorce Week campaign organised by Resolution, the UK’s leading network for family lawyers taking place from 28 November to 2 December it’s an ideal time to delve into the…


How to prepare for divorce

Ending your marriage is a major event that will have consequences for many areas of your life. Unfortunately, many people are not fully aware of what those consequences may be and it is not uncommon for people to start divorce proceedings without fully understanding all of the ways it may…


Can I get a prenup after marriage?

couple holding hands

This is a question we’re hearing from more and more couples. In some instances, it’s when we tell them they have left it too late to get a prenup before marriage. While you cannot get a prenup after marriage, there is good news. There is an equivalent that can be…


Am I entitled to spousal maintenance?

Am I entitled to spousal maintenance

When a couple separates, whether one party is entitled to claim spousal maintenance from the other is a common concern. There are several factors that need to be considered: Length of marriage Whether each party is working The ages of the parties Who is looking after any children of the marriage Can…


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