December 12, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
A recent report on women and retirement from Scottish Widows reveals that over two thirds of divorcing couples fail to discuss pensions during settlements and, as a result, women are often left worse off when it comes to finances post-separation.
The study suggests that women are less likely to prepare adequately for retirement, with 52% of women surveyed having plans in place compared to 59% of men. Additionally, one out of four women have a smaller pension pot than their husband.
When it comes to divorce and separation, 48% of women reported that they did not know how pensions might be divided or distributed when a couple split, and ...
December 05, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
The end of the year is fast approaching – time to make plans for 2018 and look back on all the changes that 2017 has brought you, including making any necessary adjustments to your will.
Updating your will might not be the most exciting way to ring in the new year but it’s an idea time to reassess what’s important to you and take into account any major life changes you’ve been through over the last year.
Keeping your will up to date is essential if you want to ensure that your loved ones are looked after and your assets are taken care of when you’re gone.
Here are just a few circumstances that require an update to your will:
Getting married, ...
November 16, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has launched a two-month review of the housing industry in an attempt to streamline the home-buying process and tackle delays, including the contentious practice of ‘gazumping’, in which sellers accept higher offers from last-minute buyers after having previously accepted a lower offer. Not only will the initial buyer lose the property, but they will also lose money spent on surveys, mortgage applications, searches and solicitor fees.
Mr Javid has asked to ‘hear from the industry’ for suggestions on ways to improve and ‘build confidence’ in the housing market, such as ‘lock-in agreements’ to secure deals and prevent delays.
Of the million housing transactions in England each ...
November 09, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Reduction in legal aid has led to increase in DIY divorce as couples attempt to negotiate the terms of their separation as litigants in person (LiP). This has led to concern over a lack of support and 'impossible' court delays due to the difficulty in dealing with the strain of handling their own case. Family law professionals and organisations such as Resolution have spoken out about the difficulty faced by LiPs, and the need for legal aid as well as an option for couples to choose no fault divorce.
According to the latest Ministry of Justice report, over a third of divorce-related disputes now involve unrepresented litigants – ...
November 07, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
As December creeps closer, many of our clients begin to worry about how separation will affect Christmas with their children. To help you plan a cooperative, low-stress festive period, here are five top tips from the divorce team at Frances Lindsay & Co:
At Frances Lindsay & Co our family law solicitors specialise in putting children first when it comes to divorce, creating child-centred solutions for separating parents based on a cooperative approach. Alternatives to court divorce such as mediation and collaborative family law help to keep your affairs private and focus on ensuring that children's wellbeing is made paramount, including living arrangements, maintenance and creating a co-parenting plan for the future.
To speak to an experienced and friendly family ...
November 02, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
The latest divorce statistics from the Office for National Statistics reveal the results of data on UK marriages and divorces in 2016, showing the first notable increase in divorce between opposite-sex couples since 2009, though overall the divorce rate has remained fairly steady. According to the ONS report there were a total of 106,959 opposite-sex divorces in the UK in 2016 – a 5.8% increase from 2015. However, divorce rates in opposite-sex couples are still 30% lower than the most recent peak in 2003, and 3.8% lower than in 2014. Other significant findings include the most common grounds for divorce, the average age and duration of divorce, and new statistics regarding same-sex divorce since the legalisation of same-sex marriage in ...
October 28, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Start your property search strong with expert advice from the conveyancing experts at Frances Lindsay & Co. From securing a mortgage to sorting out surveys and title deeds, our property solicitors will help you make the process as smooth and streamlined as possible. Check out our top tips below and get a FREE conveyancing quote to kick off your journey to a brand new home!
October 21, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Even the most amicable separation between parents cannot help but affect your children - it can be a difficult process for you all - but a little understanding, plenty of patience, and clear communication are the keys to getting through the tough times.
Our family lawyers have years of experience working with separating parents and resolving children's issues, whether it's via mediation, court divorce, or collaborative family law. Read on for their most valuable advice for helping children to come to terms with parental divorce:
Contact your solicitor as early as possible to discuss the best option for your circumstances. Cooperative approaches like mediation or collaborative family law can be tailored around children to keep ...
October 14, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
The latest ONS report on civil partnerships has revealed in increase of 3.4% in 2016 as compared to 2015, a total of 890 across England and Wales. The findings show the first annual increase in civil partnerships since the introduction of same sex marriage in 2013. Other statistics from the study include:
68% of civil partnerships in 2016 were between men
49% of those entering into a civil partnership in 2016 were over 50 years of age, compared to 19% in 2013
The average age of those choosing civil partnerships was 49.9 years for women, and 48.6 years for men
London is the most popular area for civil partnerships, with 38% of ...
October 07, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Divorce solicitors report growing numbers of clients requesting 'post-nuptial agreements' within the past three years. Just like you might update your will, a 'post-nup' is a chance to amend an existing pre-nup or create an official agreement if you didn't make one before you got married. And while a pre- or post-nup is not currently legally binding, the UK family courts do take these agreements into account during separation proceedings, so long as they are reasonable in nature, signed by both parties, and have been drawn up by a licensed legal practitioner.
But why would a couple decide to create a 'post-nup' in the first place?
Anecdotal research by divorce solicitors suggest that ...