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, ...
May 14, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
President of the High Court Family Division Sir James Munby is calling for a radical overhaul of the law to recognise the changing state of families in England and Wales. The intentions of these changes include providing cohabitees with the same legal rights as married couples and removing a sense of blame from divorce.
The President has suggested that divorce could be removed from the court system completely, enabling officials to dissolve marriages instead of judges, in much the same way as registration of births and deaths is handled out of court. The proposed changes intend to reflect the changing face of the traditional nuclear family. Rising numbers of single parents, unmarried parents, step-families and same-sex ...
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 ...
December 05, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Getting divorced needn’t bankrupt you, but it’s important to consider the various expenses involved in a separation before you file for divorce so that you can budget appropriately. You may find you need to dip into savings, borrow money or set up a temporary maintenance arrangement to cover the costs of your separation, so you need to know exactly what you’re likely to spend in the course of your divorce process. The best way to do this is to choose a solicitor who offers fixed fee legal services for each stage of your separation, according to your individual needs. This way, you know how much and when ...
October 15, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Getting divorced? You probably have a lot of questions. Many people feel overwhelmed when faced with all the details and decisions of a divorce case, so we’re used to getting lots of questions from our clients. Never be afraid to ask for clarification or help if you’re unsure about an aspect of your divorce – it’s better to ask a silly question and receive a useful answer than get a nasty surprise down the road when you realise your preconceptions about divorce were off the mark.
We thought we’d put together some of the most common FAQs we receive at Frances Lindsay & Co to help anyone about to ...
September 24, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
A study of divorce patterns over the past 50 years conducted by the Marriage Foundation suggests that the state of marriage in the UK isn’t quite as dire as recent reports would have us believe. Or, at least, the strength of a marriage depends on whether or not a couple make it through the first ten years. After a decade together, modern married couples are just as likely to stay together for life as their grandparents’ generation.
Divorce is most common between five and nine years of marriage, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), but beyond that period, divorce rates are almost exactly the same as they have ...
September 13, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has spoken out against the lack of legal aid available to those unable to pay for court proceedings after a mother facing jail was forced to rely on her solicitor to act pro bono.
“There can be no higher call on the honour of the bar than when one of its members is asked to act for no fee on behalf of a client facing imprisonment,” he said.
“It is disconcerting that something so fundamental – the right to a proper defence when a great officer of state seeks to have you imprisoned – should be dependent upon the willingness of the bar and its instructing solicitor to act without fee.”
Sir Munby concluded that ...