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Divorce law blog

Summer Wedding? The hot topic is pre-nuptial agreements!


24/03/2014   By: Caitlin Jenkins
Pre-Nuptial agreements, sometimes referred to as pre-nups or pre-marital agreements, have been the subject of the most recent Law Commission’s report. Not only are pre-nuptial agreements in vogue at the moment, they are also far more widely used, socially acceptable, and increasingly enforceable.

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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When you are married, there are a number of tax advantages available to you which will be withdrawn as you divorce.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 – a view from North of the Border


05/03/2014   By:
In recommending that Nuptial Agreements meeting certain criteria should be made legally binding, the Law Commission’s proposals, if adopted, would bring the law of England and Wales in line with the law of other jurisdictions; and those other jurisdictions include Scotland.

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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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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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Hints & tips for sorting the summer school holiday arrangements for children


30/04/2013   By: Caitlin Jenkins
Agreeing arrangements for children over the long summer holidays can be difficult for separated families. Here are a few tips to think about when trying to agree those arrangements.

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


08/10/2012   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 October.

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