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Divorce law blog

Divorce is back in the headlines again


20/10/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
2017 really seems to have been the year of the divorce. Firstly, the gathering momentum behind Resolution’s “no fault” divorce campaign, then judgments in the divorce case of Mr and Mrs Owens and now new divorce statistics from the ONS showing that divorces are up 5.8% on 2015.

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MILLS & REEVE’S NATIONAL FAMILY TEAM RECOGNISED AS LEADERS IN THE FIELD


12/10/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
We are delighted that once again the divorce and family law specialists at Mills & Reeve, the national law firm behind the award-winning divorce.co.uk website, have been recognised by legal directory The Legal 500 as being amongst the very best in the country for this area of work.

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Top Tips for filling out your Divorce Petition


02/10/2017   By: Eleanor Lowes
Filling out your divorce petition is the first stage in the divorce process which ends in obtaining your decree absolute, the final decree of divorce and your marriage being dissolved. It is important to ensure that your petition is filled out correctly as the court will reject applications where errors are made.

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I want a divorce but I am worried that my spouse lacks mental capacity, what can I do?


18/09/2017   By: Sophie Whitehead
If you have concerns about your spouse’s ability to understand and give consent during divorce proceedings, it is important to address this issue sooner rather than later. Any agreement that is reached with your spouse may later be deemed to be unenforceable if they did not have the required mental capacity to consent at the time that the agreement was reached.

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I want to change the locks on the house to keep my ex out. Can I?


07/08/2017   By: Danni Belbin
Unfortunately there is no simple answer to this. If you own your property jointly with your ex, then you should not change the locks without their agreement, even if your ex leaves your home voluntarily. This is because your ex has a legal right to re-enter and occupy the property.

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We’ve changed our minds halfway through a divorce. Is it too late?


20/06/2017   By: Holly Hill
If you and your spouse have decided to make a go of things again, it is possible to stop your divorce right up until the granting of your decree absolute. After this you will officially be divorced, your marriage will have been dissolved and there is no going back, unless you decide to remarry.

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Can my ex-spouse change their mind about our financial agreement?


12/06/2017   By: Eleanor Lowes
Until the court makes a consent order, the financial agreement between divorcing spouses is not legally binding. It is not uncommon for one spouse to agree to a financial settlement, only then to have a change of heart a few days, weeks or even months later. If you find yourself in this situation, all is not lost - it can be very difficult for your ex to go back on an agreement but it may involve having to go to court.

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What happens to my will after I divorce?


19/05/2017   By: Claire Molyneux
If you’ve just been through, or are going through, a marriage or relationship breakdown, making a new will is probably the last thing on your mind. But your existing will is unlikely to reflect your changed circumstances and it’s worth updating it sooner rather than later. The risk of not doing so is that, on your death, your assets don’t pass to the people you would like to inherit from you.

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Bank of Mum and Dad and the family home


12/05/2017   By: Camilla Highmoor
Last week, statistics were published by insurer Legal and General stating that parents will lend £6.5 billion to their children to help them onto the property ladder in the coming year; an amount similar to that lent by the UK’s ninth-biggest mortgage lender, Yorkshire Building Society. L&G predict that parents of buyers will be involved in 26% of all property transactions and provide deposits for more than 298,000 mortgages.

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What is Parental Alienation, and how can I avoid it?


28/04/2017   By: Camilla Highmoor
The psychological and emotional manipulation of a child by one parent against the other, parental alienation has recently been described by Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) as “a form of neglect”. In extreme, but sadly not unusual circumstances, this form of psychological abuse leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent and/or other family members. Research shows that parental alienation can also increase the risk of the child developing mental and physical illnesses and the likelihood of substance abuse and addiction in later years

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