Why No-Fault Divorce Could Make The Separation Process Easier

November 11, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A proposal for a new option of ‘no-fault’ divorce is currently under consultation in a move that would completely reform family law in England and Wales. The overhaul would include removing the need for blame to be allotted to one party via grounds for divorce and streamline the process to enable couples to separate with the minimum of acrimony. Under existing divorce laws there is only one ground for divorce which is irretrievable breakdown of marriage. This must be proven by one of the five facts which are: Adultery Desertion Behaviour Living apart for 2 years Living apart for 5 years Only the final two options allow couples to divorce without a specific ...

Reducing the Cost of Divorce

November 04, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

It’s difficult to pin down the ‘average’ cost of divorce in the UK since there are so many variables involved: the method of separation you choose; the duration of the process; unexpected complications; and the price of moving house and other lifestyle changes etc. But there are ways to make the process run much more smoothly and effectively, not only reducing the cost but also minimising the stress and upheaval on you and your family. The best way to reduce costs is to focus on the important issues. Arguing about pots and pans is costly and adds the length of time the divorce may take without adding anything to the outcome. Choosing ...

How To Reduce Your Inheritance Tax Bill

October 23, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When making a will or making probate arrangements, Inheritance Tax is a big worry for many people looking to leave as much as possible to their loved ones. Inheritance Tax bills are on the rise – mainly due to increasing property prices. Despite the introduction of a £100,000 tax break in April 2017, the Government took £5.2 billion in Inheritance Tax in the last financial year (an increase of £400 million compared to the previous year) but with a little planning, you can minimise the impact of tax on your estate. Here’s how… Tax Relief & Thresholds There are two main tax allowances that determine how much Inheritance Tax you are eligible to pay. The ...

Cohabitation: Know Your Legal Rights

October 18, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Cohabitation is the fastest-growing type of family unit in the UK, doubling over the last 20 years. 1 in every 5 couples are cohabitants and half of all cohabiting families have children, but many couples are unaware that they are not automatically granted the same rights as married couples, leaving them with little to no legal protection. Cohabitants: know your rights! Make sure you take the necessary legal steps to protect you and your family with a cohabitation agreement, deed of trust, and an up-to-date will: For more advice on your legal rights as a cohabitant, or for information on separation and divorce, property, making a will, or any other legal issue, get ...

The Case For No Fault Divorce

October 11, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A proposal to overhaul divorce laws in England and Wales is being considered in order to reduce antagonism between separating couples and streamline the divorce process. A consultation to introduce the option for ‘no fault’ divorce could offer couples the opportunity to separate without assigning blame to either party in what is being called a ‘landmark moment’ for family law. In July 2018 an appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court to grant Tini Owens a divorce after her husband contested her grounds of feeling ‘unhappy’ and ‘unloved’. Due to the court’s decision, Owens is being forced to remain married until 2020. The case brought light to a long-called-for change to divorce laws in England and Wales, which require petitioners to ...

The Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

October 04, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When calculating your budget for buying a home, it’s important to consider the additional costs involved in the process, beyond the cost of the property itself. The average upfront cost of completing a transaction is around £38,000, according to a study from TotallyMoney. When you break it down, there are a number of fees and expenses involved in buying a property, and it’s vital to factor these into your budget to ensure you’re able to cover the initial cost and adapt your search accordingly. For example, the main bulk of your budget will go into the deposit, which is usually between 5-20% of the total value of a property, but there are several other ...

The Probate Process: Step By Step

September 20, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When a family member dies, the prospect of dealing with wills and probate arrangements can be overwhelming during an already difficult time, particularly when it comes to taxes and inheritance. Your solicitor is there to help you through the process and manage the deceased’s estate, and we’ve put together a step by step guide to make each stage feel more approachable. Who Handles Probate? In most cases, you will need to get a ‘grant of representation’ (also known as probate). Your first port of call should be a solicitor, who will help you to find out who has been officially appointed to deal with the estate and finances. If ...

Unreasonable Behaviour Overtakes Adultery As Most Common Grounds For Divorce

September 13, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

The Pros and Cons of DIY Divorce

September 08, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

Infidelity: The Gender Divide

September 01, 2018  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

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 ...

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