January 18, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Happy birthday to us! January 2017 marks a milestone of 20 years for Frances Lindsay & Co and we’re proud to have provided the Thames Valley with two whole decades of expert, personalised, effective family law services.
The firm was set up by family lawyer Frances Lindsay (clue’s in the name!) in 1997 with the aim of offering 'a different kind of family law' - our work is not just about paperwork, it's about real people, and we have always been committed to providing a service that takes into account each client's emotional and practical needs.
Our family law department includes senior partner Frances Lindsay, partner Sadie Glover, Martin Lambert, and their brilliant PAs ...
May 26, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
The university of Buffalo has conducted a study to research the effects of drinking on the rate of divorce and found that when there is a notably discrepancy between a couple’s drinking habits, the likelihood of divorce is higher.
The study followed 634 couples over the first nine years of marriage, recording the drinking habits of each party. Results suggest that when a couple’s habits are similar, the rate of divorce is lower than when one party drinks more heavily than the other. In couples where one member drank significantly more, the rate of divorce was approximately 50% within the first nine years. However, for those with equal levels of drinking, the ...
February 17, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
When you have children, divorce or separation can be an overwhelming prospect. There are so many questions, so many ‘what ifs’, and so many factors to consider. Who will the children live with? Will you be able to stay in the family home? How often will your children see each parent?
Research has shown that children of separated parents find it easier to adjust to changes when they are able to continue to spend quality time with both parents in a consistent and relaxed manner. There are, of course, exceptions to this guideline – and if a child is fearful or anxious about visiting one ...
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 ...
November 03, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
We recently reported on an appeal to the UK Supreme Court to consider the impact of fraudulent non-disclosure in divorce cases. Varsha Cohil and Alison Sharland sought an investigation into the concealment of their husbands’ wealth and assets, claiming they had been ‘duped’ into accepting far less than was available during financial settlements.
Both women received a settlement from their ex-husbands but later discovered their assets to be worth far more than was disclosed during divorce. Following an investigation, the Supreme Court has unanimously allowed Mrs Sharland’s appeal. Applications for financial relief will now be returned to the Family Division of the High Court.
In judgement of the case, Lady Hale stated: “It is the parties’ duty to make ...
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 ...
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 ...
November 16, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
According to research conducted by life insurance firm Aviva, the cost of legal fees has dropped by approximately £500 since 2006. However, the overall cost of divorce increased from £28,000 to £44,000 in the same period – a rise largely due to the ‘hidden costs’ of divorce, such as moving house, child maintenance, redecorating, or taking a post-divorce holiday.
One in eight respondents of the survey said they spent money on treating themselves following separation, for example: new clothes, makeovers, holidays, cars, gadgets, entertainment and gifts. This extra spending also included self-improvement efforts like therapy, life coaching, learning a new hobby, and ...
September 17, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
One of the main practical concerns raised by the divorce clients we meet at Frances Lindsay & Co is the cost. Finances form a major part of the separation process in terms of dividing assets and negotiating settlements, and it makes sense to try to keep costs down where you can. This is sometimes easier said than done, however, especially when a case becomes complicated and protracted, but there are a few preparations and precautions you can take to try to avoid shelling out above and beyond what is necessary.
August 23, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Communication during a divorce can be extremely difficult, especially when you have to explain such an emotional situation to children. Whatever else you say, you must make sure your kids understand that even though you will no longer be together as parents, it doesn’t mean that you don’t love them, and make it very clear that it is not your children's fault. A mediator-solicitor is an excellent choice for separating parents as they offer advice, support, and a practical method of divorce that keeps the needs of children and the family in mind at all times. Your mediator will also be able ...