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Divorce law blog

DivorceHotel – what’s it all about?


22/05/2018   By: Alison Bull
Let’s be honest, it doesn’t sound like the most joyous of places to take a relaxing holiday, does it? “What are you doing this weekend?” “Oh, I’m just taking a short break at the DivorceHotel.” You can imagine the response.

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What is a forum race? And why does my ex want to win it?


22/03/2018   By: Eleanor Lowes
As the world becomes ever smaller, it is far from uncommon for a separating couple to realise that more than one country may be able to deal with their divorce. However, different countries approach the financial arrangements on divorce in very different ways. Procedures also vary from country to country, particularly in relation to the disclosure of financial information. This means that a couple with the same financial resources could end up with very different financial arrangements if their divorce is dealt with in England than if it were dealt with, for example, in France or one of the US states. London is often described as the “divorce capital of the world” because the English courts tend to be more generous than other countries towards the financially weak.

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Why is it being recommended that Muslim couples should have both religious and civil marriage ceremonies?


07/02/2018   By: Sara Hanna
Last week, the Home Office published an independent review of how sharia law was being applied in England and Wales. The review recommends that Muslim couples must undergo a civil marriage alongside a religious ceremony in order to give the couple (but in particular, wives) increased legal protection.

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Taking back control of separation with mediation


26/01/2018   By: Tim Whitney
There are many different emotions that accompany separation or divorce. One of the most common is the fear of uncertainty and the inevitable loss of control that comes with the breakdown of a relationship and the involvement of lawyers, judges and court proceedings.

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Don’t be scared of the MIAM!


25/01/2018   By: Andrew Moore
“MIAM” stands for mediation information assessment meeting. Contrary to its name, it’s an opportunity for those contemplating court action to learn about all of the non-court dispute resolution approaches, not just mediation, in a bid to avoid expensive and confrontational litigation which does little to support separating families.

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Is January really the time of year when most people divorce or separate?


24/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
Every January the press run stories about “D(ivorce) Day” when supposedly, as soon as the New Year starts, many of the population action their New Year’s resolution to end a current relationship. But is it true that the numbers are so much higher in January?

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Manchester Family Court launches new initiative putting children front of mind in proceedings


23/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
Launching during Family Mediation Week, Manchester Family Court has introduced a new pilot scheme that encourages separating parents to sort out their disagreements outside of the courtroom. The main driver of the new scheme is to help children caught up in disputes.

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Are you ready for divorce or separation? It’s allegedly the time of year when many of us find out ...


22/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
You may be sure you want a divorce, or unhappy with your marriage and can’t see another way forward, or on the receiving end of this from your partner, and don’t believe there are any issues in your relationship, or can see that there are issues but don’t know what to do about them or are faced with a partner who is not motivated to do anything about them.

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When is a marriage not a marriage?


14/12/2017   By: Rosie Pearson
Where two people take part in a ceremony that purports to be a marriage that ceremony can give rise to a valid marriage, a voidable marriage (a flawed marriage that may be annulled by the court), a void marriage or a non-marriage. This blog post discusses the status of the last category within this list: non-marriages.

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Pensions on divorce - a ticking time bomb


10/11/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
We all know that divorce is sadly part of modern life. Although the overall trend recently has been a reduction since a high in 2003/4, just over 40% of marriages still break down. This can have far-reaching financial consequences for couples, in particular when it comes to pensions.

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