January 02, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
A recent poll by Resolution commissioned by family law organisation Resolution has gathered opinions and information from young people with experience of parental separation, revealing insights into children’s perspectives of divorce. The survey interviewed young people aged between 14 and 22 on how they felt about their involvement in their parents’ separation. The results showed that the vast majority of children (82%) would rather their parents were happy apart than unhappy together.
“Don’t stay together for a child’s sake,” said one respondent, “Better to divorce than stay together for another few years and divorce on bad terms.” Another young person ...
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 ...
May 16, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Online DIY and ‘quickie’ divorce packages will have you believe that it’s possible to reach an adequate resolution to relationship breakdown with just a few pieces of paperwork and a questionnaire, but there is (or should be!) far more to the separation process if you are to resolve your differences in an effective and legally responsible way.
When you’re looking for a solicitor, the first thing you need to realise is that it’s a two-way relationship. Your lawyer isn’t there to simply get you what you want – of course it’s their job to negotiate the best outcome within the confines of possibility, but they are not a ...
October 31, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Following the news that increasing numbers of separating couples are representing themselves, the Government has announced a £2 million ‘support package’ for Litigants in Person (LIPs) to provide practical assistance with dispute resolution. The intention of the new strategy is to encourage couples to seek out-of-court alternatives such as mediation and arbitration, as well as offering support for those who take their case to court. Justice Minister Simon Hughes says that the new Government support package ‘will make sure that separating couples and parents are able to access the right advice, information and support at the right time.’
A new support service for LIPs involved in family cases is also due to be introduced at ...
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 ...
March 15, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Part of our job as divorce solicitors is to keep things calm. The process of separation can be emotionally intense for everyone involved and it’s often difficult to separate the head from the heart when you’re working through the logistics of your divorce. So that’s where we come in – to soothe your worries and cool down any hot-headed decisions that might not be ideal for your situation… Believe us, we’ve experienced our share of stressed-out situations while working with separating couples, so if you’re feeling the strain and are full to the brim with anxious/paranoid/frazzled questions about your divorce, have a look at our commonly-asked questions below to see if we can ...
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 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 ...