July 18, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
The latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report a decrease of 9.1% for UK divorces in 2015 compared to the previous year. The report showed that divorces of opposite sex couples has declined by 34% since a recent peak in 2003, and the divorce rate was highest among couples aged 40-44. In total, there were 101,055 UK divorces between opposite sex couples in 2015, and 22 divorces of same sex couples (following the passing of legislation to allow same sex marriage and divorce in England and Wales in March, 2014).
Nigel Shepherd, chair of family law organisation Resolution, commented on the report, suggesting that these ...
July 11, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
According to a recent study, 3 in 10 adults who have joint finances claim to hide assets from their partner, such as private bank accounts, investments, and other expenses. During divorce, financial issues are often a common point of contention, and you may be surprised to find a few skeletons in your ex’s cupboard. In some cases, separating couples fail to disclose certain assets in an attempt to avoid having them involved in financial settlements. However, non-disclosure can result in fines and penalties and lead to a protracted and expensive court process – some methods even classify as fraud.
No matter how well you think you know your ...
July 04, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Whether you’re in the middle of a break up or negotiating life after divorce, dealing with children’s arrangements during the summer holidays can be tricky – particularly if communication is difficult between you and your ex.
Organising childcare, juggling work, and entertaining bored kids is hard enough on its own, without having to walk the delicate tightrope of co-parenting. Points of contention are more likely to flare up when you’re thrown out of your normal routine, and the pressure of finding a way to sharing the holidays fairly and effectively can take its toll. However, by thinking ahead, making a practical (yet flexible) plan, and being prepared to compromise, it’s possible ...
August 14, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel can be hard when you’re going through a tough divorce, but you’re not alone. The upheaval and major decision-making involved in separation isn’t easy, but when you’re feeling overwhelmed, keep the end result in mind – soon you’ll be taking that first step into your new life and leaving your relationship difficulties behind. And there’s plenty of different ways to find support along the way, such as:
Your solicitor. Your family lawyer is there to offer impartial and experienced advice on your situation, from choosing which method of separation ...
January 16, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
A new survey carried out by Resolution as part of Family Dispute Resolution Week has revealed the financial stresses of divorce and break-up. According to the research, 28% of adults report having to use overdrafts, loans and credit cards due to financial difficulties directly caused by separation.
The median household income in Britain is currently £32,600, leaving little to divide in the event of separation. The cost of legal processes, finding new homes, additional child care and maintenance creates further pressure on divorcing couples, causing many to fall into debt in an attempt to keep up.
Following divorce or ...
May 18, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
According to a social research study, “in sickness and in health” doesn’t necessarily apply to couples over the age of 50. Analysing over 2,500 marriages and 20 years of data, Amelia Karraker and Kenzie Latham, researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis respectively, discovered that “women are doubly vulnerable to marital dissolution in the face of illness”. Karraker explained: “[Women] are more likely to be widowed, and if they are the ones who become ill, they are more likely to get divorced.”
The study examined how serious physical illness, such as cancer, stroke, lung disease and heart problems, ...
January 16, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
January often brings a spike in enquiries for divorce and separation. The festive period can be stressful for couples and families, revealing underlying cracks in a relationship and prompting the decision to make a change. The new year is a time for new starts, and despite the gloomy weather, January can be a productive month for making resolutions. And, as with any resolution you intend to keep – whether you’re trying to give up smoking, cut down on alcohol, get fit, or end a toxic relationship – little steps are more effective than trying to take big leaps. When faced with a separation, attempting to take on everything at once will leave you confused and ...