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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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Why Christmas contact arrangements must come early


16/11/2012   By: Andrew Moore
As sure as Christmas means turkey, tinsel and last-minute present buying, for family lawyers the festive period also includes numerous phone calls from clients who need (often at the eleventh hour) help to agree contact arrangements for their children with their ex. Whether arrangements cannot be agreed or one parent is threatening not to honour an agreement that's already been reached or imposed by the court, the clients I speak to are stressed, frustrated and, at times, angry. This is far from the best start to what is supposed to be the season of goodwill. To avoid this situation, here are a few golden rules to help you ensure that your children can spend quality time with both their parents at Christmas.

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Why a change in the law affects divorcing business owners the most


05/11/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
*This blog post has been updated on 19 November 2012 to clarify that the Court of Appeal did not reduce the wife's award by £9 million as has been mis-reported in the press. Her overall award remains £17.5 million as originally ordered by the High Court. See below for the updated story.* You may have spotted headlines such as "Oil tycoon who used African law to fight £17 million divorce wins landmark case to slash payout to wife by £9 million" in the press last weekend. These all concerned a particularly high-profile decision in a Court of Appeal case called Petrodel Resources Limited v Prest. The case will have a real impact on business owners who are divorcing and will likely mean that wealth protection measures such as pre-nuptial agreements and family investment companies will become more important than ever.

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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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Paying to receive child maintenance


24/10/2012   By: Rose-Marie Drury
Government proposals to replace the Child Support Agency with the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) have recently hit the news. But what is likely to be the main effect of these proposals for parents? Could you end up paying to receive child maintenance?

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