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Divorce myth: Unmarried fathers have no rights

25 Apr, 2022
Fathers definitely do have rights. However, they often might not know how to use them. Here’s a quick summary. How parental responsibility helps a father Parental responsibility...
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Divorce myth: Time with children is split 50/50

1 Apr, 2022
The breakdown of a relationship is an emotionally trying time for anyone, in particular where there are children involved. It can be difficult for the whole family to come to terms...
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Divorce myth: The law cannot do anything about domestic abuse – unless its physical abuse

23 Mar, 2022
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received royal assent on 29 April 2021. The purpose of the Act was to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on the victims...
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Divorce myth: Businesses need to be sold on divorce

17 Mar, 2022
It is not uncommon for one or both parties to a divorce to have an interest in a business. This may be a family business run between spouses perhaps with involvement from the wider...
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Divorce myth: The full value of the divorce settlement needs to be paid immediately

14 Mar, 2022
Much is often stated about the crippling impact of a divorce on one or both parties and whilst there can be no doubt that a divorce can be financially painful, there are ways that...
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Divorce myth: Pensions are always split on a 50/50 basis

8 Mar, 2022
The court’s overall objective when looking at pensions on divorce, along with the finances as a whole, is to reach a fair outcome for both parties. In order to reach this...
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Divorce myth: Quickie divorces are possible

1 Mar, 2022
There are often references in the press to celebrities, or other persons of note, getting a ‘quickie divorce’. This is a myth. It implies that the divorce court works more...
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Divorce myth: I’ll save money the DIY route

23 Feb, 2022
A do-it-yourself (‘DIY’) divorce is where you and your ex‑partner take on the process of legal separation with little to no help from a legal professional. DIY divorces are...
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Divorce myth: Adultery entitles the innocent party to a better settlement

16 Feb, 2022
With around 10% of divorces in 2021 being as a result of one party having an affair, many spouses still believe that the guilty party will receive less from the financial pot as a...
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Divorce myth: Being divorced means you have no more financial claims on each other

9 Feb, 2022
The case of Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC 14 serves as a stark lesson on the risks that come from assuming that decree absolute brings to an end all financial claims arising from a...
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Divorce myth: Prenups are not worth the paper they are written on

31 Jan, 2022
A prenuptial agreement is an agreement that a couple can enter into before they marry, which sets out what will happen with their financial affairs, should the marriage ever break...
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Divorce myth: You have to wait two years to get divorced

25 Jan, 2022
There is only one ground for divorce – that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. As the law currently stands, you must choose one of five facts in order to proceed with...
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Divorce myth: A partner is entitled to maintenance for life

21 Jan, 2022
As part of any financial settlement, you will need to consider whether it is appropriate for the higher earner in the marriage to pay spousal maintenance to the lesser earning...
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Divorce myth: Common law marriages are legally recognised

18 Jan, 2022
So often we hear or read in the media that an individual is a ‘common-law husband or wife’ but is there such thing in English law? Unfortunately not and the constant reference...
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Divorce myth: Assets are divided 50/50

13 Jan, 2022
When a couple are divorcing one of the toughest parts of separation can be deciding how their marital assets should be divided. It is a common misconception that the assets should...
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Mediation - frequently asked questions

2 Dec, 2021
Reports state that this week, the justice secretary, Dominic Raab, has told the justice committee of the House of Commons that the Government wants to make better use of ADR and...
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Divorce and ADR – when should the “alternative” become the norm?

26 Jul, 2021
ADR. It stands for Alternative Dispute Resolution. The “alternative” part means non-court based. But why should that be “alternative” and not the norm? The family courts...
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Can I be forced to vaccinate my child?

11 Jun, 2021
The Pfizer/BioNTech jab for Covid 19 has now been approved for 12-15 year olds.  Whilst we are yet to see a mass rollout to children in that age group, parents need to start...
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How to fill in your Form E: tips, tricks and points to consider

2 Jun, 2021
If you are going through a divorce and you are trying to deal with your financial settlement, the chances are that early on your solicitor handed you a copy of a “Form E –...
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Maintenance payments and bonuses: How to share the risks and the rewards

20 May, 2021
For many couples going through a divorce, or separation, the question of how the outgoings will be met post-separation looms large over any discussions.  This is even more so when...
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