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What’s included in the ‘pot’ when it comes to assets and divorce?

July 15, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The distribution of assets is rarely straightforward. It would be wonderful if you could split everything down the middle, 50/50 but it rarely works out that way. Relationships, and their associated finances, are complicated, which is why it’s important that each member makes a full and frank disclosure of both individual and jointly owned assets, property, and finances when they enter into the separation process. This is a necessary first step, no matter what approach you take – court divorce, mediation or collaborative methods – and it never pays to try to hide or offload assets (in fact, it is classed as fraud and ...

A collaborative approach to divorce

July 08, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

With a bill for ‘no fault’ divorce in the House of Commons, attitudes towards divorce are changing for the better – minimising animosity and improving outcomes for families should always be the aim of separation – but until blame is removed entirely from the equation, collaborative methods of dispute resolution currently offer the best way forward. When you think of divorce, your first impression may be of a tense courtroom battle, and many couples are entirely unaware that it is possible to finalise separation agreements entirely out-of-court using alternative methods such as mediation, collaborative family law, or arbitration. Each of these options offer a ...

Lasting Powers of Attorney: FAQs

July 02, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and why do I need one? Lasting Powers of Attorney are legal safeguards that set out guidelines to be followed if you find yourself unable to make decisions in the future. There are two types of LPA: one that deals with health and welfare issues, and one that handles finances and property. Sometimes thought of as a ‘living will’, an LPA protects your interests and ensures that your affairs are managed by people you trust as opposed to having the decisions made for you by the authorities if it becomes too late and you are no longer able to make your own decisions.

Why We Need An Option For ‘No-Fault’ Divorce

June 24, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Earlier this year the Government announced plans for a change in legislation to introduce an option for ‘no-fault’ divorce. This would mean a huge – and very welcome – change to the existing family law system which currently requires couples to either live apart for a significant amount of time or make allegations against one or other in order to separate, in many cases increasing the duration, stress and potential animosity of the process. According to the Ministry of Justice, the focus for reform is to reduce conflict and ‘place greater emphasis on future relationships – particularly those involving children – and to enable reconciliation where possible.’ ...

Managing Lasting Powers of Attorney

June 17, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that sets out a person’s wishes in the event that they are unable to make decision on their own behalf in the future, due to illness, disability, old age, or lack of mental capacity. Being appointed to manage someone else’s affairs may involve a range of responsibilities and requirements, and will depend largely on the type of powers of attorney they have in place. There are two main types of Lasting Powers of Attorney: Health and Welfare A health and welfare LPA deals with decisions about the donor’s well-being ...

Divorce & Separation Checklist

June 10, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Deciding to separate from your partner can be a huge step, and you may feel a little overwhelmed with all the ‘what ifs’ in your future. If you’re in the early stages of separation and wondering what to focus on first, it can be useful to sit down and write down a practical list of issues to deal with to help you move forward. We’ve put together a basic checklist to get you started – you may want to add to or amend it as necessary, since every circumstance is different, but remember that your ex’s choices and priorities may not be the same as yours. Once you have a clearer ...

Selling Your Home: Quick Tips That Make A Big Difference

June 03, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Preparing your home for viewings is a bit of an art form – whether you go full Marie Kondo or only have time for the bare minimum, it’s surprising how the little things can make a huge difference to the appeal of your property to prospective buyers. Here are a few quick tips to help you make that sale in record time: First impressions count: Think about the first thing prospective buyers will see as they pull up to your property. Wheelie bins? Recycling boxes? An overgrown front yard? Closed curtains and dirty windows? For a ...

What Does ‘No Fault’ Divorce Mean?

May 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

On the 9th of April this year, the government announced new legislation to overhaul divorce laws and offer the option for ‘no fault’ divorce with the aim of reducing family conflict and simplifying the process of separation for couples who do not wish to assign blame. The focus of the reform is to minimise animosity, acknowledging the fact that sometimes a breakdown in marriage is not necessarily due to specific actions of either party, and laying blame often creates unnecessary hostility and acrimony during an already difficult time. Particularly where children are involved, the need for a more positive, cooperative approach is clear, allowing couples to reconcile if possible, and move forward with a constructive outlook for the future. Here’s an ...

Cohabiting Couples Need Better Legal Protection When it Comes to Separation

May 20, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A bill to improve the legal rights of cohabitants was given a second reading in the House of Lords last month, putting forward a number of proposals that would help to provide better financial outcomes for separating unmarried couples. Under current UK family law, cohabiting couples are not protected by the same legal rights as married couples or those in civil partnerships. If they decide to split up and there is no cohabitation agreement in place, individuals have no right to assets or property unless they are held in joint names. This means that if one party has sacrificed a career to raise children, ...

Divorce & Separation: Moving On With Positivity

May 14, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When a relationship ends, the future can feel uncertain. Going through a divorce or separation – no matter how amicable – brings about huge changes. It’s natural to feel a whole host of conflicting emotions: relief, anger, confusion, hope, anxiety – perhaps sometimes all at once! It’s also completely normal to feel overwhelmed at times, or to feel as if the process will never end. But it will. And with the right approach, you can push through the difficult times and reach a point where you feel content, hopeful for the future, and back in control of your life. So how ...

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