March 06, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
When you’re getting divorced, chances are you don’t want to waste any time (or money) sorting out the details. While the circumstances and complexity of your separation will greatly influence how long it takes you to complete proceedings, there are a few simple ways to ensure that your case goes as smoothly as possible. By working with your solicitor (and, if possible, your ex) to get all the details of your divorce set out clearly, you’ll be able to move forward with a minimum of disruption and stress.
Here’s our advice on avoiding unnecessary delays during your divorce:
Provide your solicitor with as much information and documentation as possible. For your case to proceed swiftly, your solicitor ...
December 19, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Claims of adultery have halved since the 1970s according to recent analysis of patterns in grounds for divorce, while ‘unreasonable behaviour’ has become the most cited basis for separation – almost twice as likely as 40 years ago.
Unreasonable behaviour accounts for 47% of all divorces in the UK with examples ranging from unsociable spouses to financial quarrels. One possible reason for this shift in approach to divorce could be a change in attitude towards separation – there is far less stigma attached to getting divorced as there would have been in the 70s, and individuals are more likely to speak up about their spouse’s unreasonable behaviour and act upon it. With greater financial freedom for ...
December 05, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Getting divorced needn’t bankrupt you, but it’s important to consider the various expenses involved in a separation before you file for divorce so that you can budget appropriately. You may find you need to dip into savings, borrow money or set up a temporary maintenance arrangement to cover the costs of your separation, so you need to know exactly what you’re likely to spend in the course of your divorce process. The best way to do this is to choose a solicitor who offers fixed fee legal services for each stage of your separation, according to your individual needs. This way, you know how much and when ...
October 25, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Mediation has become increasingly popular since 2011 as an alternative method of dispute resolution for couples who are looking to separate or divorce. Mediation can be a really useful way of sorting out all the details and practicalities like finances, savings and contact arrangements for children. Because you’re working with an objective third party, mediation tends to help the process move along in a positive direction rather than going round and round in circles. Many couples need a little extra support to see their situation clearly and to avoid getting bogged down in the emotionally-charged ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ of their circumstances. As mediation-trained lawyers, we basically sit you down and say: “Right, let’s sort this ...
September 24, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
A study of divorce patterns over the past 50 years conducted by the Marriage Foundation suggests that the state of marriage in the UK isn’t quite as dire as recent reports would have us believe. Or, at least, the strength of a marriage depends on whether or not a couple make it through the first ten years. After a decade together, modern married couples are just as likely to stay together for life as their grandparents’ generation.
Divorce is most common between five and nine years of marriage, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), but beyond that period, divorce rates are almost exactly the same as they have ...
August 21, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
According to the Office for National Statistics the divorce rate for the over 60s has risen by three quarters over the last 20 years - an increase attributed to extended life expectancies, financial independence, and a more relaxed attitude towards divorce from the baby boomer generation. The figures also showed that men of retirement age are just as likely as women to file for divorce - a balance that is not seen in other age groups where men are instigators of divorce in just 30% of cases.
The number of 'silver splitters' (argh, not our buzzword!) has jumped up from around 8,500 per year in the early 90s to over 15,000 in 2011. The ONS suggested ...