September 13, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
Recent research from Oxford University has shown a significant increase in divorce petitions based on ‘unreasonable behaviour’, overtaking adultery as the most frequently cited grounds for separation.
In 1971, unreasonable behaviour was cited by 17% of women and 2% of men seeking divorce. In 2016 this rose to 51% and 36% respectively.
Conversely, adultery was the most commonly used as grounds for divorce in 1987, peaking at 25% for petitions put forward by women, and 45% by men. This number fell to an average of 11% in 2016.
Grounds of unreasonable behaviour are based on the belief that the ‘respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected ...
September 08, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
A new ‘fully digitised’ online divorce application service was recently launched as the latest initiative in the government’s family law modernisation programme. This new service is intended to help couples to manage their separation as simply and efficiently as possible, and to reduce strain on the family courts. However, as with any kind of DIY divorce process, there are pros and cons to be considered, and this kind of service may not be the best choice for everyone.
Everyone’s circumstances are different, and some cases may be far too complicated to be handled without the expert advice of a solicitor, as DIY divorce services tend to be most suitable to those with very ...
September 01, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
There are many complicated reasons why people might commit adultery, and research has shown that the motivation behind cheating – and the tolerance of their partner – often differs between men and women.*
A recent report from the Office for National Statistics suggests that the balance of infidelity in those petitioning for divorce has see-sawed significantly in the last twenty years. Comparing 2016 statistics to those in 1996, the report showed that fewer women are seeking divorce on the grounds of their spouse’s adultery – a fall of 43%. Conversely, the number of men divorcing their wives for the same reason has increased by around a third.
Another study by ...
August 27, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
There are almost 7 million cohabitants in England and Wales, but many unmarried couples are unaware that their partnership is not eligible for basic legal protection – particularly when it comes to separation, children’s issues, and will disputes. Under current legislation, cohabiting couples are not, unfortunately, afforded the same protections as married couples, and must be careful to take steps to assert their legal rights.
The best way to do this is with a cohabitation agreement – a formal document much like a prenuptial agreement – which sets out the potential division of assets, share of property, and intentions for co-parenting in the event of separation. Other legal protections, such as a will, ...
August 20, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
According to a recent study by TD Bank, Millennials are more likely to discuss money and finances on a regular basis than Boomers and Gen X couples. The researchers discovered that Millennials are more open about financial conversations than previous generations – a habit that is not only making them happier but also encouraging stronger relationships.
The report revealed that 75% of Millennial couples (18-34-year-olds) discussed their finances at least once a week, in comparison to 66% of Gen Xers (35-44) and 44% of Baby Boomers (55+). On a monthly basis, the numbers were slightly closer, with 97% of Millennials and 93% of Gen Xers talking about money at least ...
August 16, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
You wouldn’t hesitate to insure your car, your home, or your most prized possessions – so why do people put off making a will and setting up powers of attorney? For some, the thought of ‘putting their affairs in order’ might feel overwhelming, morbid, or scary. Others may (erroneously) believe the process is complicated, lengthy, or expensive. And others may simply be living in blissful denial, thinking (or hoping) that the worst will never happen.
A frankly staggering two-thirds of Brits currently don’t have a will, with almost half (40%) of those aged over 55. If you die without a will in place, your family may be saddled with ...
August 03, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
We wrote recently about the dangers of psychological abuse such as coercive control and gaslighting. The complicated nature of this kind of emotional abuse means that it can be difficult to recognise and even harder to escape. So we’ve put together a list of the most common examples of coercive control below – if you or someone you know might be suffering from any of these issues, please get in touch for further advice, or contact one of the organisations at the end of this post.
Remember that none of these behaviours are acceptable, and all of them are prosecutable in the case of emotional abuse under current legislation, carrying a ...
July 23, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
Domestic abuse charities are calling for greater awareness of the signs of ‘gaslighting’ to help the police, medical and legal professionals identify and support victims of psychological abuse.
In 2015, coercive control was recognised by the Serious Crimes Act as a dangerous and damaging form of emotional abuse. Gaslighting shares many similarities with this type of controlling behaviour and it’s important that it should be recognised by professionals working with victims – particularly during divorce and separation, when they may be at their most vulnerable.
Gaslighting is a form of manipulative psychological abuse that causes victims to doubt themselves and involves controlling behaviour that isolates the victim from friends and family, becoming reliant on their abuser. The term originates from the ...
July 16, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
According to pensions provider Zurich, four out of five retirees with a drawdown pension plan do not have lasting powers of attorney (LPA) in place, putting their wellbeing and finances at risk should they find themselves unable to handle their own affairs in the future.
Arranging Lasting Powers of Attorney involves appointing an executor to take over legal authority should a person become ill or lack the mental capacity to deal with their own financial issues. Without an LPA, next-of-kin would have to apply to the courts to handle a relative’s finances, causing unnecessary stress and complication to an already difficult situation.
Zurich claim that the issue has been compounded by pension ...
July 09, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
Searching for your dream home and negotiating the many different steps of purchasing property can sometimes feel daunting. Where do you start? What on earth is ‘conveyancing’? And how much can you borrow?
Let us take the weight off your shoulders. Use our handy checklist to make it all seem much more achievable and find The One:
Get an experienced solicitor on board as early as possible to deal with conveyancing and legal issues. Lack of planning is the most common reason for sales falling through. Your solicitor will help to handle the legal aspects of your property search, including: title deed checks, searches, mortgage issues, and preparing documentation. ...