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Divorce law blog

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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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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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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How should you share your children’s care after you separate?


02/04/2013   By: Anna Heenan
There are lots of myths about how you and your partner should share the care of your children after you separate. For example, a lot of people wrongly assume that courts are biased towards mothers. More recently, there have been suggestions, again wrong, that the Government is going to change the law so that children split their time equally between their parents. So how do you deal with care of your children after you separate?

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Relocation, relocation, relocation


20/02/2013   By: Rose-Marie Drury
The decision to move abroad is never an easy one and it’s all the more difficult if you are separated and there are children involved. If your former partner has parental responsibility then you need their consent or permission from the court to move your children abroad. You will need to take a whole list of factors into account and plan very carefully.

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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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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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