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Family Law Blog : August 2013

Comment on divorce & family law 

How to pay for your divorce

An awful lot has been said and written this year about changes to the family law system which has seen Legal Aid removed for most people in divorce cases. It has led, directly or indirectly, to a rise in the number of litigants in person as people try to avoid paying family lawyers to help in their cases, a push towards mediation and perhaps even contributed to a falling divorce rate. If people don’t feel they can afford...

How to keep the cost of your divorce down

I read with interest this week about the £54m divorce settlement – the UK’s biggest ever (for now). It is way beyond the comprehension of most people but what is closer to home is the cost of divorce. Though divorce doesn’t have to be expensive, so often, people can find themselves with rising bills as they attempt to thrash out a deal. So who IS responsible for spiralling costs in a divorce?If a couple...

Divorce asset division: who gets the air miles, pension and CD collection?

Air miles might not be the obvious thing to spring to mind when looking at division of assets on divorce, but I was reading an interesting article on this topic the other day (Divorce: who gets the air miles?). It got me thinking about other more unusual matrimonial belongings which need to be included in a divorce settlement but perhaps people do not automatically assign a value to.To properly divide assets and ensure everyone gets a fair deal, everything...

Divorce and the over 60s: how to divorce in later life

New figures have revealed that divorce is generally falling in the UK – unless you are in the over-60s bracket. Generally, between 1991 and 2011, divorce rates for both men and women have fallen from 13.6 per 1,000 to 10.8. However, for the over-60s, the figures have risen from 1.6 to 2.3 for men, and from 1.2 to 1.6 for women. Of course, this data is for 2011 so may have already changed further – I guess we’ll find out in two years! However, this mirrors...

Divorce IS getting more amicable

I think this blog follows on rather neatly from my offering a couple of weeks ago (It’s not the economy...). In that, I talked about statistics which suggest that a recession doesn’t necessarily mean a rise in divorce.As I mentioned at the time, research among our own family law cases (more than 200 of them) does seem to suggest that money concerns are increasingly being mentioned in divorce. Between last conducting a survey like this, in 2008,...

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