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Divorce law blog

Gay marriage – wrong priority?


05/06/2013   By: Nigel Shepherd
Although this legislative change should be welcomed, being able to marry will not add to the legal rights that same sex couples have enjoyed since the introduction of civil partnerships. If their relationship breaks down, the remedies under the Civil Partnership Act mirror those available to married couples. But this is in stark contrast to the position faced by those in long term cohabiting relationships.

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Funding legal fees on divorce


10/05/2013   By: Anna Heenan
The recent cuts to legal aid have received a great deal of press coverage. Something that hasn’t received quite the same attention is the other options for funding legal fees on divorce. So how can you fund court proceedings if you don’t have the income or savings to do so?

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Honesty is the best policy


09/05/2013   By: Nigel Shepherd
When you are trying to sort out the financial consequences of a divorce one of the key ground rules is that you have to give an honest account of your assets. This applies not only to what you’ve got at the moment, but also to what you know might change in the foreseeable future that could make a difference to the negotiations and order the court is asked to make. The recent “big money” case of S v S heard in April 2013 dealt with this issue.

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The rights of the cohabitant: the unsettling reality


15/02/2013   By: Andrew Moore
What the vast majority of cohabitants will not be aware of is the huge difference between the financial rights they have when their relationship breaks down as compared to married couples. Those cohabitants who cling to the idea that they are in a “common law marriage” and will be “ok”, need to know that common law marriages have not existed since 1753 and the laws that apply to them on separation can be very unfair indeed.

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Top tips for managing legal costs


14/02/2013   By: Anna Heenan
Many people’s biggest fear about going to see a solicitor is what it’s going to cost them. The much-publicised tale of divorcing lawyers Anna-Marie Harvey Kavanagh and Giles Kavanagh, who squandered almost all their assets in divorce costs, will hardly have helped. But remembering a few very simple guidelines could save you from suffering the same fate.

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DIY divorce comes with a health warning


29/01/2013   By: Rachel Chapman
The national press is littered with articles about the steep costs of divorce and horror stories of people who have spent tens of thousands of pounds for a service that they probably never envisaged they would need. This, combined with the ongoing economic uncertainty we face and the fact that legal aid for most divorcing couples is about to be pulled, is reason enough to seek a “cheaper” alternative to instructing solicitors. As a result, there is a growing trend for so-called DIY divorces, where you deal with the divorce process by using an online service.

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12 top facts to help cut through common divorce myths and risks


21/12/2012   By: Anna Heenan
The twelve days of Christmas are almost upon us and, just to be different, I thought I’d treat you to twelve key facts about family law. Sadly it isn’t chocolate (or even a mince pie) but hopefully these facts will be a helpful starting point to clearing up some of the more common myths and misunderstandings about divorce and family law.

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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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