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Divorce law blog

Keep it out of court: mediation in a nutshell


27/11/2013   By:
Mediation is a process that helps couples resolve their issues after they have decided to separate. It is not about the relationship or how to put the relationship back together. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of mediation?

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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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Ten key facts about same sex marriage


24/07/2013   By: Caitlin Jenkins
The government's legislation on same sex marriage was recently passed, becoming law for England and Wales. So what does this mean and how will it be implemented? Here are ten key facts.

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Same sex marriage - the need for flexibility


17/07/2013   By:
It is a great step forward that Parliament has now cleared the final stages to enable the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to become law in the next few days. No longer will gay couples be limited to entering into a civil partnership – now they will have the full status and recognition of marriage itself. Perhaps this is a time to reflect on some of the anomalies and tensions that the law has been trying to accommodate. At exactly the same time the gay community celebrate their marriages becoming mainstream, do we need to think more clearly about those who choose to live outside the mainstream?

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We're all going on a summer holiday


03/07/2013   By:
At this time of year families everywhere are starting to think about going away on their summer holidays. For separated parents this isn’t always straightforward and we often receive enquiries from parents who disagree over taking their children abroad.

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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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Top ten tips for pension sharing


12/06/2013   By: Nigel Shepherd
It is now commonplace that one or both of a divorcing couple will have a pension fund, which could be shared as part of any financial settlement. Pensions are complicated and mistakes in splitting them are well publicised, so it’s important to get expert advice to make sure you don’t lose out. Here are our top tips.

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