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Divorce law blog

Mills & Reeve’s Full Scale Ahead report highlights issues faced by business owners on divorce


08/06/2015   By: Jane Booth
Mills & Reeve asked the owners of 500 medium sized businesses (50-500 employees/ £200m+ turnover) to tell us about the challenges they face in becoming the next generation of world-leading large enterprises. The result, a 28-page Full Scale Ahead report, produced some interesting findings, particularly for business owners who are going through divorce or those who are concerned about protecting their business in the event of divorce.

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The truth behind the “get a job” headlines


30/04/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
Last month, a lot of fuss was made about a divorce concerning a vet and a stay at home mother. You may have seen some of the newspaper headlines. According to those papers, the wife had apparently been told by a judge to “go out and get a job”. The headlines suggested that a sensational change in the law had taken place – that divorced women could no longer expect to receive spousal maintenance and should go back to work once their children were at school. But is that what really happened?

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…a cautionary tale


22/04/2015   By:
Multi-millionaire Dale Vince, wind-farm entrepreneur and founder of Ecotricity, has failed in his attempt to strike out his former wife’s financial claims which come more than 20 years after their divorce. The decision of the Supreme Court last month means that his former wife, Kathleen Wyatt, has a green light to pursue her claim for a lump sum against Mr Vince. She also has the benefit of a costs funding order which requires Mr Vince to pay a total of £125,000 to enable Ms Wyatt to pay for legal advice and representation.

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The Common law marriage myth


21/04/2015   By: Andrew Moore
A few years ago a British Social Attitudes survey showed that 51% of participants thought that unmarried couples living together for a period of time would have a “common law marriage”, giving them the same legal rights as married couples. The reality is that such a concept has not existed in England and Wales since 1753.

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Divorce and the new Stamp Duty regime – what does it mean for home buyers/sellers?


17/12/2014   By:
Many people who are in the process of getting divorced in the UK will be selling and/or buying a property as a result. The recently announced changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) regime are therefore important to understand.

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Top 10 tips for separated or divorced parents for sorting out the Christmas arrangements for the kids


09/12/2014   By: Rose-Marie Drury
We know from our experience as family lawyers that Christmas can be a really difficult time for separated families. Sorting out how the children spend time with both sides of the family is more likely than not going to an emotional issue for any parent. It’s likely to be in your children’s best interests that if possible you agree contact in advance rather than going to court so this December we’ve put together our 10 top tips for sorting out Christmas arrangements.

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Impact of separation/divorce on work


27/11/2014   By:
Coming to terms with the breakdown of a relationship is a difficult and emotional time for anyone. The impact that the divorce or separation process has on your personal life can also affect you in the workplace. Your relationships with colleagues can suffer as can your ability to focus on the job. Research commissioned by Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers dedicated to promoting a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes, shows that one in ten people have had to leave their job after a separation or worked with a colleague who has had to leave for that reason. The process can also take its toll on your health and lead to periods of absence. 16% of the people surveyed said either they or a colleague has had to take sick leave as a direct result of the breakdown of a relationship. If you hold a senior position in your organisation, this can cause disruption and may have an effect on morale within your team. You may become more reliant on colleagues for emotional support and reassurance and this may in turn impact on their productivity. 15% of those surveyed identified divorce as having a negative impact on productivity in their workplace and 34% said that more needed to be done by employers to provide additional support.

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Presumption of parental involvement in a child's life is due to come into effect on 22 October 2014


30/10/2014   By: Nicola Rowlings
Last week, the new presumption for parental involvement contained in Section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2002 came into force. On the face of it, it sounds as though this could be a fundamental shift in the law relating to the arrangements for the time the children spend with their parents on separation and divorce, but opinion is divided as to whether, in fact, this will lead to a significant change.

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The Myth of the “Quickie” Divorce


16/10/2014   By: Jane Booth
The press often refers to so-called “quickie” divorces and websites are even marketing themselves as being set up to provide them. There is, however, no such thing as a “quickie” divorce. The process is the same for all undefended divorces in England and Wales.

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Share your story with Resolution


08/08/2014   By: Alison Bull
Have you had experience of mediation, collaboration or any other forms of dispute resolution relating to divorce or separation? If so, Resolution wants you to share your story with them. The aim is to help others learn about the alternative ways of dealing with their case. Your story can be shared in the paper or on the radio; and you can be named or remain anonymous as you prefer. Click on this link to find out more/ share your experience.

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