February 23, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
A recent survey by YouGov in support of Family Mediation Week has revealed a lack of support for couples seeking information on separation, especially when related to children’s issues and finances. According to the poll, up to 38% of respondents were unaware of out-of-court alternatives to separation, such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative family law.
The results of the survey showed that couples felt more positive about the process and outcome of their separation when they had greater access to information about their options. In general, 48% of respondents said that they felt positively about their separation, but this percentage increased and decreased across the country ...
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 ...
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 ...
August 04, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Unfortunately, divorce has the ability to bring out the worst in people. When it comes down to negotiating the particulars of dividing up your assets or dealing with children's issues, sometimes you will discover a whole new side to your ex. Manipulative behaviour comes in many forms – it may follow on from years of financial, physical or emotional abuse, or may be a subconscious attempt to control the situation. Common issues include trying to convince the other party to make agreements without the approval of their solicitor, pressuring them into make decisions before they're ready, or simply complicating matters so that the process becomes drawn out to ‘punish’ them. It’s important to remember that ...
June 11, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
If you do an internet search for ‘DIY divorce’ or ‘quickie divorce’ you’ll be bombarded with a hundred different options claiming you can speed through the separation process with nothing more than a couple of signatures and a few hundred quid. While this is obviously very appealing to couples wanting to split as fast as possible, when you look at these deals realistically, what you actually end up with is a myriad of extra hidden fees, and a separation process that does not meet your comprehensive needs or protect you from litigation in the future. It’s very likely you’ll find out your ...
May 31, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
During divorce and separation, ‘negotiation’ too often devolves into petty squabbling and pointless delay tactics. Finding a way to negotiate in a practical and effective manner is not about getting your own way or fleecing your ex for all they’re worth – it’s about resolving the breakdown of your relationship and moving on. Here are a few tips on negotiating successfully throughout the separation process, whether you’re using mediation, arbitration, collaborative family law, or divorcing through the court:
Make use of your solicitor’s advice and experience. Remember, they’re on your side, even if they have to tell you what you don’t want ...
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 ...
April 04, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Family Law organisation Resolution is calling for a change to the procedure of separation to remove the compulsory implication of blame. Resolution’s proposal suggests a new process in which individuals may ‘give notice that marriage has broken down irretrievably’ as an alternative to assigning blame via the existing grounds for divorce. Under this proposed process, six months after making an official statement of intent, if both parties are in agreement that they want to proceed with the divorce, the decision will be legally finalised.
Currently, to apply for a divorce without a waiting period, one party must bear responsibility for the breakdown of ...
January 22, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Facing the financial repercussions of separation and divorce can be daunting, especially if you are entering into a complicated process involving disputes over children or money. No matter how you choose to separate – whether it’s through arbitration, mediation, collaborative family law, or a court divorce – keep the following tips in mind to help you stay on top of your finances.
Speak to your solicitor about fixed-fee services so that you can put a price to each stage of your separation process and budget accordingly. Fixed fees can take the anxiety out of unknown bills and ...
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 ...