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Divorce law blog

Maintenance - meal ticket for life or essential support


28/07/2014   By: Nick Stone
When it comes to dealing with the financial consequences of a divorce, little divides opinion and gets people as hot under the collar as the thorny issue of maintenance payments after a divorce. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that a man who uses the term “meal ticket for life” to describe the ongoing financial support he is giving to his ex-wife is not exactly over the moon about the payments. But is maintenance between ex husbands and wives the norm? If you pay or receive maintenance how long is this going to be for?

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Press conference with Sir James Munby: Divorce by consent, mediation and everything in-between


06/05/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
In a wide ranging press meeting, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, shared his views on divorce, cohabitation, litigants in person, transparency in hearings, inquisitorial judges, mediation and, well, everything else.

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The Budget 2014: how it might affect you


20/03/2014   By:
The 2014 Budget has now been announced, and there are a number of areas such as pensions, savings and property ownership which contain interesting changes that may affect individuals.

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Before you separate: tax issues to consider


17/03/2014   By:
When you are married, there are a number of tax advantages available to you which will be withdrawn as you divorce. Some of these tax advantages disappear at the point that you and your spouse separate or on 5 April following permanent separation, so it is important to consider how you might use these advantages before you separate permanently.

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Law Commission recommends 'qualifying' nuptial agreements should be legally binding


27/02/2014   By:
Today the Law Commission published its long-awaited report on whether pre-nuptial (as well as post-nuptial) agreements should be legally binding. To no-one’s surprise, the report recommends that nuptial agreements, which meet certain criteria (so called ‘qualifying’ nuptial agreements) should be made legally binding.

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What will happen to my future bonuses in the event of a divorce?


07/02/2014   By: Sue Brookes
Many financial settlements are complicated by the fact that one spouse is paid a discretionary bonus and, when it comes to working out the right amount of maintenance, this can often be a source of contention. For the purposes of illustration let’s say it’s the husband who gets the bonus and the wife that is making the financial claims, although it would be exactly the same the other way round.

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In Denial? Differing perceptions of the effect of divorce on children.


22/01/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
The latest netmums.com report paints a pretty bleak picture of the hidden damage that divorce has on children. The statistics show that parents going through divorce are not as aware of the impact on their children as they first thought.

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Mills & Reeve offering fixed fee family arbitration in December to raise awareness of the benefits for resolving divorce disputes


29/11/2013   By: Nigel Shepherd
Family arbitration is quicker, more flexible, more confidential and cost-effective than going through the courts to sort out financial issues in a divorce. Yet many people are still unaware of how helpful an approach it can be. So, to promote its benefits in resolving financial family disputes, we’re offering arbitration for a fixed fee during the month of December.

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Keep it out of court: collaborative process in a nutshell


28/11/2013   By:
The collaborative process – sometimes called collaborative law – is another way of sorting out the issues that arise on separation or divorce – without going to Court. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative law?

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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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