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Is 2020 the Year for a Property Move?

March 23, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

According to data from Rightmove, the housing market is anticipating a spring surge in 2020 following a slow, uncertain year of political turmoil and rising house prices in 2019. Estate agents and property experts have reported renewed confidence in the housing market after the election and Brexit as buyers and sellers who may have been ‘sitting on their hands’ are finally moving forward with enquiries and transactions. 2019 saw an all-time high for British property prices, along with falling numbers of enquiries from new buyers, low numbers of agreed sales, and a general lack of homes on the market. Experts put this down to a general hesitancy over the results of the election and Brexit, meaning that buyers ...

Dissolution of a Civil Partnership

March 16, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

As of a new ruling in December 2019, both same-sex and mixed-sex couples are now able to enter into a civil partnership as an alternative to marriage. Civil partnerships award many of the same rights to a couple as marriage does, and the dissolution of a civil partnership is similar in many ways to divorce, but there are a few differences that are worth noting when it comes to separation, for example: It is not possible to void or ‘annul’ a civil partnership on the basis of non-consummation.You can only cite adultery as a ground for dissolution (or divorce) in the case of mixed-sex infidelity. To end a civil partnership, you must apply to the court for a ‘dissolution order’ and you may ...

Rise in Divorce for the Over-60s

March 09, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The number of divorces amongst the over 60s – sometimes nicknamed ‘silver splitters’ or ‘grey divorces’ – has been steadily increasing in the UK, US, Canada, Japan, Australia and India over the past decade. The rise in divorce rates for this age group has been attributed to a number of different causes, such as: longer lifespans; greater financial independence in dual-income households; and a reduced stigma around divorce. Often, the catalyst for separation comes when a couple reaches a milestone like retirement and transition into a new phase of life. Perhaps their children have all grown and flown the nest. Perhaps they’re considering downsizing and selling the family home. Or perhaps it’s simply time to move on. Whatever the reason for divorcing ...

Survey of Legal Needs Shows the Benefits of Using a Professional Solicitor

March 02, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A recent survey of legal needs in England and Wales co-commissioned by the Law Society has highlighted the benefits of professional help from a quality solicitor but also revealed that almost 1 in 3 people who faced legal issues did not receive – or seek – the help they needed. According to the report, two thirds of respondents had dealt with a legal issue in the past four years, with over half of these issues (53%) being contentious, such as consumer issues, anti-social behaviour from neighbours, buying or selling property, wills, and employment disputes. Those who sought out advice and support from a professional solicitor generally did so for more complex issues, but were more likely to ...

End of Life Planning

February 24, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

You wouldn’t buy a car or a house without taking out insurance – even your family pets and technology devices probably have their own insurance cover! – so why do so many people put off making a will and sorting out end of life planning? The answer’s fairly obvious: no one really wants to think about that stuff. It’s all a bit morbid and grim and scary and we’d rather bury our heads in the sand and tell ourselves we’re not old enough to worry about any of that yet, thank you very much. But the truth is, there’s never a good time – or a bad time – to be planning for end-of-life care, or ‘futureproofing’ your ...

Divorce & Separation: Practical Financial Tips

February 17, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

It can sometimes be helpful to think of the financial side of divorce as an audit – a thorough assessment of your overall financial situation: incomings, outgoings, assets and liabilities. And while none of us would particularly look forward to an audit, when it comes to divorce, it’s an essential part of the process if you are to emerge on the other side with a stable financial outcome. Finances are often the main point of contention for separating couples, since they relate to almost all other aspects of the process, such as property, living arrangements, children’s maintenance, and pensions. With this in mind, it’s worth taking your time to take a proper look at your current and future needs to make sure you ...

Post-Divorce Financial Safeguarding

February 10, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When you’re in the midst of divorce negotiations, it’s easy to get tunnel vision and focus only on the here and now. The post-divorce future can feel a long way away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be planning ahead. Financial safeguarding for life after divorce means thinking beyond the immediate division of assets and the logistics of living arrangements. The repercussions of divorce can reach far beyond the present moment – affecting pensions, savings and retirement plans – but these ‘future-proofing’ issues may be overlooked by couples wishing for a quick break, potentially leaving one or both parties at risk of financial vulnerability later down the road. Without this kind of future planning, retirement could end up being financially ...

No-Fault Divorce for 2020

February 03, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is due to have its second reading the House of Lords on the 5th of February 2020, concerning the potential introduction of a ‘no fault divorce’ option for separating couples and reforming the UK family law process.   Resolution has called the proposed changes to legislation ‘long overdue’, and the bill is strongly supported by over 6,500 family law professionals who suggest that “the adoption of no-fault divorce will help thousands of divorcing couples to minimise conflict, in turn minimising the negative impact of an acrimonious divorce on any children they might have.” The reforms aim to simplify the separation process, removing the need for couples to assign blame when seeking a divorce – instead, they ...

Divorcing With Older Children – Should You Stay Together For The Sake Of The Kids?

January 27, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Separating when you have children is never an easy choice, and there’s no ‘right time’ to make that decision. Sometimes it’s out of your hands – there’s simply no way you can continue to stay together and you're forced to start making plans when you realise the relationship is over. Sometimes, however, it’s a lot slower and less obvious that things have begun to break down. In these cases, parents may feel like it’s better to stay together ‘for the sake of the children’ and retain the stability of the family home while maintaining a façade of togetherness. However, a study by Resolution showed that the majority of children do not share this ...

Finding the Right Local Solicitor

January 20, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Finding the right local solicitor can be a case of trial and error, personal recommendation, or just sheer luck, and there’s no one-size-fits-all option. To work with a solicitor – particularly when it comes to long-term proceedings such as divorce – you need to be able to get along, understand one another, and, as a client, be assured that your lawyer is acting in your best interests. Choosing a local solicitor is generally the most convenient, as it will be easier to arrange appointments, and they will be familiar with the local courts, timescales, processes, and other local law professionals. Many solicitors offer a free initial consultation in which you can discuss your ...

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