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Divorce law blog

Divorce and disclosure – what can and can’t you help yourself to?


19/12/2012   By: Rose-Marie Drury
Oscar Wilde said “I can resist everything except temptation”. And this week bank employee Lara Davies might have reflected on that when she was fined £500 for using her employer’s systems to get hold of her partner’s ex-wife’s bank statements. But while everyone will recognise that this was an obvious abuse of her position, what might be less obvious is that accessing confidential information in other ways to help you with your divorce proceedings can also leave you in hot water. So what can you do if you think that you’re not getting the full picture?

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When I’m sixty four (will you still need me?) - the rise of the silver divorce


03/12/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
We’re told that 60 is the new 40. This isn’t just wishful thinking on the part of those of us fast approaching that milestone. When the NHS was set up in 1948, male life expectancy was 66. The idea of a man of almost 70 strutting around a stage at the O2 Arena telling you to get off his cloud would have been unthinkable. Men are now expected to live until around 78 and women 82. Statistically, a third of girls and a quarter of boys born now can expect to reach their 100th birthday. But, as the Stones sang, "You Can’t Always Get What You Want", and the fact that we’re all living longer is reflected in a less happy statistic: the rise in so-called “silver divorces”. So why is it happening and are the issues faced by these couples and how we deal with them much different than they are for younger divorcees?

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Choosing where you get divorced – what’s all the fuss?


29/11/2012   By: Rose-Marie Drury
It’s that time of the year. With Christmas round the corner everyone seems to be talking about one thing: shopping. But last week a different kind of shopping hit the headlines – “forum shopping” – which is all about choosing which country you get divorced in when you or your spouse have connections to more than one.

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The impact of divorce on your children – the long term effects


23/11/2012   By: Andrew Moore
If you are a parent considering or going through a separation or divorce you are almost certainly going to be concerned about how your children will be affected and what you and your partner can do to reduce the impact on them.

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I’m a celebrity get me out of this marriage


22/11/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
Celebrities are twice as likely as other people to get divorced. This is according to research just published by the High Court Judge Mr Justice Coleridge’s Marriage Foundation. The report entitled Hello? Goodbye! Marriage and divorce among celebrities looked at 572 well-known couples who had married since 2000 and found that the divorce rate in this group after 10 years of marriage was 40 per cent compared to 20 per cent in the rest of the population. But are celebrity divorces really so different from everyone else’s?

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No-fault divorce – it's time to end the blame game


29/10/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
If you and your spouse have both agreed it’s best to move ahead with a divorce in a mature way, without pointing fingers, you’ll probably be surprised to find that the current law doesn’t really support a blame-free divorce. It has to be somebody’s fault … doesn’t it?

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Why family mediation is definitely not a waste of your time


26/10/2012   By: Alison Bull
The Government has recently set out to push family mediation to the forefront of the divorce process, ensuring that all divorcing couples are aware of this option for dealing with disputes. But there are those who will say everyone is wasting their time with mediation. For once, I agree wholeheartedly with the Government: family mediation is definitely not a waste of your time and here’s why.

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Family Dispute Resolution Week


24/09/2012   By: Katherine Kennedy
Today marks the start of Family Dispute Resolution week, which is being held to raise awareness to the alternatives available to couples going through family breakdown.

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“A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience” - but what about a fourth?


15/08/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
Are pre-nuptial agreements (often called pre-marital agreements now) worth the paper they are written on? How binding are they now and in what circumstances might you want to consider having one?

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Don’t neglect your pension pot when getting divorce advice


10/08/2012   By: Katherine Kennedy
When it comes to sorting out your finances as part of your divorce settlement, it can be difficult to appreciate that specialist pensions advice – over and above that provided by your lawyer – may be worth the additional expense. However, reviewing your pension sharing options properly is a crucial part of weighing up what you and your family need in the immediate future versus the longer term considerations.

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