March 23, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
The process of divorce can be fraught with animosity but it’s important to focus on the endgame – parting ways and starting anew – rather than getting wrapped up in antagonistic pettiness, as proven recently by a wealthy UK couple who have already spent a third of their assets on their ongoing divorce battle. The estranged couple, Barbara Cooke and Michael Parker, have been fighting over joint assets worth over £6 million in a case that has been described as a ‘scandalous waste of court time’ by the judge, after spending over £2 million on lawyers’ fees.
Judge Holman claims that the couple have ‘completely lost touch with reality’ over their ...
March 16, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
When you decide to separate, choosing the right process for you and your family is the most important first step. Each situation will be different, and there are a number of different options to suit varying circumstances.
But before you seek help from a solicitor, ask yourself a few fundamental questions about what you need and what kind of outcome you’re looking for:
What are the most important issues you need to discuss?
What are your priorities? Dividing up assets or sorting out living arrangements or dealing with children’s issues? Are there any provisional agreements you can make before you seek legal help to streamline the process? Which issues are non-negotiable and ...
November 26, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Family law organisation Resolution recently updated its Code of Practice to reflect its aims to shape the family justice system for the better. To raise awareness of these changes, Resolution are running the Good Divorce Week campaign from 28th November to 2nd December – join us on Twitter and follow the hashtag #ABetterWay to see how we can work together to move away from towards a system of divorce without blame.
On Wednesday 30th of November, 150 members of Resolution will be holding a Lobby Day in Parliament to campaign for no-fault divorce and improved rights for cohabiting couples. According to research conducted by the family law organisation, ...
November 12, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
When you’re going through a divorce, worrying about money can add extra stress during an already challenging period of upheaval. As well as legal fees and the uncertainty around the duration of the process, you may also have to adjust your finances to accommodate extra outgoings and changes to your circumstances.
The first thing you should do when you’ve made the decision to separate is speak to your solicitor and discuss your options – resolving financial disputes out of court via arbitration or mediation is generally much cheaper than bringing your case to court, and may help you to come to a more mutually beneficial agreement with your ex. ...
October 10, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few weeks, the latest big celebrity news concerns Angelina Jolie’s application for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ (grounds for divorce that we don't currently have in the UK, but which would probably be categorised under 'unreasonable behaviour'). Understandably, the couple are trying to keep their affairs as private as possible amid mass speculation, cynicism and much unpleasantly gleeful wagon-jumping on reporting the news. We’re not going to add to that, although there’s one aspect of the news that we thought was worth exploring – a comment made by Jolie regarding the separation, saying that she had made ...
September 19, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
A common and particularly sensitive issue that often arises during separation is when the desire to separate is not mutual. There are many different reasons why one partner may not want to go through with the separation process. Sometimes, one partner feels that there is still hope for their relationship and wants to try working through the problem. Sometimes one partner has simply fallen out of love but is finding it hard to articulate why. Whatever the situation, if there is a disagreement over separation, the process will need careful handling with the guidance and support of an experienced solicitor to help you come to ...
July 28, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Divorcing when you have children means there are more than just the two of you to consider. Your children’s well-being needs to come first – no matter how angry or bitter you may be about the split, and no matter how hard it is to negotiate a resolution. It can be difficult for parents to put themselves in their children’s shoes during separation, and even the most well-intentioned parents can take the wrong approach. On one end of the spectrum, some parents try to protect their kids by pretending everything’s normal, when children usually prefer to know what’s going on, so long as it’s explained ...
January 13, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Divorcing couples often find themselves divorce blame when it comes to negotiating a settlement. From the outset, ‘fault’ is assigned when one party states grounds for divorce – be it adultery, abandonment, or unreasonable behaviour. It’s understandable that separating couples feel the need to lay blame on one another – divorce is a melting pot of emotions, and holding your ex responsible for the hurt you’re feeling is a natural reaction. .And for someone who has had to endure a cheating spouse or emotional abuse, dividing up their assets equally can seem horribly unfair, especially when their ex’s bad conduct is at the root of their divorce However, it is a common misconception that bad behaviour will influence ...
December 18, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Dividing your assets during divorce can be difficult enough without the added complication of sorting out a shared business. But as increasing numbers of people turn to self-employment, many couples also end up as business partners. When it comes to divorce, deciding what to do about your company can be tricky: do you dissolve it and divide the proceeds; should one of you buy out the other; or will you risk leaving the decision to the court?
When you’ve worked hard to build a business, you may dread the prospect of losing it during separation – but divorce does not necessarily mean the end of your ...
December 01, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
The festive holidays are always a potential sticking point when parents separate – whether you’re in the midst of a divorce or trying to put it all behind you. It can be tricky to stay calm and objective when it comes to dividing up time with your your kids, coping with the stresses of the holidays as a lone parent, or feeling isolated and jealous when the kids are with your partner. But rather than letting it all get you down and causing new quarrels, plan ahead and take practical steps to help things run as smoothly as possibly for everyone.
Here are five ways to ...