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Divorce law blog

The effect of bankruptcy on your divorce


15/11/2016   By: Administrator Account
Within divorce proceedings the Family Court can make a number of financial orders in order to fairly

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Some Might Say (not very much)


08/10/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
“Inside Britain’s most toxic divorce”. “Husband cheated with 12 women in five months”. “Judge roasts wife in divorce hearing”. Surely a fearful prospect for anyone embarking on divorce and financial remedy proceedings these days is a possible tabloid front-page splash of the proceedings’ details. The widely reported divorce of Nicole Appleton and Liam Gallagher demonstrates not only how the marital difficulties of the wealthy or high profile can particularly attract the gaze of the media but also the disagreement between family judges as to just how “open” financial remedy hearings should be.

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Sorted out the finances on your divorce? Get an order to make sure the deal sticks


17/06/2015   By: Jane Booth
There have been a couple of cases which have featured in the press recently which have underlined the importance of getting a proper court order confirming the financial deal following a divorce. In one the agreement was not formally approved by the court. In the other there wasn’t an order at all. The first case involved a doctor’s wife (Ms Wilson) who was reportedly forced to swap her £3.2m home for a rented council flat and to live on benefits after her and her ex’s attempt to settle their divorce on-the-cheap went “completely wrong”.

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What will happen to my future bonuses in the event of a divorce?


07/02/2014   By: Sue Brookes
Many financial settlements are complicated by the fact that one spouse is paid a discretionary bonus and, when it comes to working out the right amount of maintenance, this can often be a source of contention. For the purposes of illustration let’s say it’s the husband who gets the bonus and the wife that is making the financial claims, although it would be exactly the same the other way round.

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The future of pre-nuptial agreements


03/02/2014   By: Sue Brookes
At the end of February the Law Commission is due to publish its long-awaited report on whether pre-nuptial agreements should be legally binding. As things currently stand, pre-nups are increasingly taken it into account but there is no guarantee that they will be effective. The Law Commission will recommend making the position a lot clearer, although we will have to wait to see exactly how they suggest this is done.

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Family law mediation – the way forward for cost effective solutions to family disputes


21/11/2013   By: Alison Bull
With National Family Dispute Resolution Week (25 – 29 November 2013) highlighting the alternatives to court, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take a look at how another dispute resolution option is changing what divorcing couples can and should expect from their family solicitors.

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Will Universal Credit impact on your divorce settlement?


06/09/2013   By: Joanna Grandfield
Roll out of Universal Credit, which replaces a number of means-tested benefits including Child and Working Families Tax Credit and income-based Job Seekers Allowance, is scheduled to be complete by October 2017. This is an important change for people going through divorce and separation who are or may in the future be entitled to receive means-tested benefits.

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The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming


29/08/2013   By: Nigel Shepherd
The 1966 American Cold War comedy The Russians are Coming might not be the best-known film around, but in view of what has been happening in the divorce courts of London recently it looks like a fair description of an apparently increasing trend – picked up on by Boris Johnson last year when he urged the wives of billionaires and oligarchs to flock to London when their marriage broke down! This is because the difference between what you might get in England and elsewhere in the world can run to millions, so the stakes are high. However, there are complex rules about the choice of court.

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The rise and rise of the fixed fee divorce


01/08/2013   By: Hannah Wilson
“Why would anybody want to sign a blank cheque – I wouldn’t for my builder, so why should I for my lawyer?” Over the past six months, we have found more and more clients asking our divorce solicitors to quote for a fixed fee. And quite right too. Many law firms are now following suit, and legal websites make it easier for future clients to shop around to get the best deal. But are fixed fees the complete answer?

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Are you getting married this summer? Have you considered a pre-nup?


01/07/2013   By: Caitlin Jenkins
There was a time when the general consensus was that a pre-marital agreement (more commonly known as a pre-nup) was distasteful and not worth the paper it was written on. However, that time has long gone. Pre-marital agreements have become not only much more the norm for couples who are getting married, but also much more socially acceptable.

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