May 19, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Child maintenance is the regular payment of financial support to a child or children’s primary caregiver (eg: the parent or guardian they live with for the majority of the time) by the non-residential caregiver. Some parents negotiate child maintenance through the family courts as part of a financial settlement, or use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to claim statutory child maintenance when communication between parents is difficult. However, it’s also possible to arrange child maintenance privately between you and your ex, with the professional guidance of a family law solicitor.
Making private arrangements for child maintenance will require trust, cooperation and collaboration – which is why it ...
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 ...
November 27, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
A good solicitor can be a lifeline during divorce and separation, especially if communication and negotiation with your ex proves difficult. Your solicitor should provide you with an objective view on your situation and help you make the right decisions based on your circumstances. However, your solicitor is not there to act as a personal therapist or couples counsellor; nor can they bend the law to get you what you want!
When entering into a professional contract with your solicitor, it’s important to know what they can and can’t do for you during divorce – here are some of the most commonly asked questions we’ve received when ...
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 ...
July 01, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Unreasonable behaviour is the most commonly cited reason for divorce, and covers a broad range of issues which may contribute to the breakdown of a relationship. As with any petition for divorce, allegations of unreasonable behaviour must be supported to demonstrate how your spouse’s actions have led to your wish to end the marriage. It is then up to your spouse to accept or defend the claim.
There is no such thing as a 'no fault divorce' in England and Wales. We have only one ground for divorce which is that a marriage has irretrievably broken down. This claim must be supported by ...
January 06, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Joint finances can be problematic, especially if you’re going through a separation and suddenly discover that your partner has been spending more than you thought, or has run up debts on a shared account. Unfortunately, it is all too common for the divorce process to unearth the darker side of joint finances, causing a knock-on effect on the cost of separation and each partner’s future financial situation.
According to the Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS), it’s not uncommon to see cases involving upwards of £24,000 in debt that one partner has hidden from the other. This kind of situation may arise in several ...
December 06, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
A survey of 2,000 people revealed that less than 25% of couples going through relationship difficulties actively sought help from professionals, despite almost 40% believing that counselling would be beneficial. Those who attended counselling sessions did so for an average of four months, and 12% said that it helped with the problems in their marriage.
The statistics also demonstrated that women are more likely to seek help to avoid separation than men. 45% of female respondents said they had faith in the benefits of counselling compared with 28% of men. However, both men and women were more likely to confide in a friend rather than seek professional help, and ...
April 04, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Mediation is often marketed as being a quicker, easier and cheaper method of separation for couples who want to avoid going to court over their divorce. But does this alternative form of dispute resolution really offer an all-round simpler solution?
The first thing to realise about mediation is that it is not a form of counselling. The role of a mediator-solicitor is to bring together both parties to find the best outcome for everyone involved. Your mediator takes an independent position and is not able to act as a legal representative for either of you, or take sides. However, ...
March 25, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Let’s face it, divorce is never going to be an enjoyable process, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have its positives. After all, if you’ve got to the point in a relationship where you’re better off separating from your partner, surely things are going to improve once it’s all over. Finding the benefits within your divorce is a highly personal journey, but here are five approaches to separation that may help you see the light at the end of the tunnel:
Enjoy the space. The period building up to the decision to separate can be intense and stifling. Once you’ve made the break and ...
December 12, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Getting divorced means adapting to a new ’normal’ for your family. If you have children, you may be concerned about how to deal with practicalities and finances once you’re separated, but with the right help from your solicitor you can start to make provisions and plans which will help you to ease into your new life as a single parent. It’s important to consider the costs involved in getting divorced as well as how to balance your finances afterwards – in all cases, the more you can agree with your partner, the easier things will be for both of you after your divorce. Here are a ...