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Divorce law blog

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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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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As the Government reports record payment of child maintenance, what can you do about maintenance arrears?


28/01/2015   By:
Good news for families The Government reports (25 January 2015) that record levels of child maintenance are being paid by parents. The Child Maintenance Minister, Steve Webb, commented: “Contributions towards child maintenance in the CSA are now running at an all-time high of 86.5% and I am delighted to see the number of parents who are either not paying as much as they should or nothing at all continues to fall.” which is great news for families.

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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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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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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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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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Fairness and certainty? Can divorcing couples expect a legal system that provides both?


24/09/2012   By: Edward Heaton
The Law Commission has published a consultation paper considering the way in which finances are dealt with on divorce.

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