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 ...
March 12, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Yesterday the Supreme Court reinstated the right of a millionaire’s ex-wife to claim financial support after nearly 20 years after their divorce. After marrying in 1981 and divorcing in 1992 with no assets to divide, Kathleen Wyatt and Dale Vince went their separate ways. While Wyatt continued to bring up their two children, Vince founded green energy company Ecotricity, now a multi-million pound business. In 2010 Kathleen made an appeal to receive a financial settlement, 18 years after the fact.
The Supreme Court have since allowed the appeal, acknowledging it as a legally recognisable claim and enabling Wyatt’s application to continue through the Family Division of the High Court. This means she will ...
January 26, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
While still relatively rare, the use of social media evidence in divorce cases is becoming more and more common. In the last five years, content from social networking platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs have been used in family law cases to help resolve disputes. In order to reach a settlement, the process of family law takes into account a person’s lifestyle, including social behaviour, spending habits, capability as a parent, employment history, and financial standing. The way a person conducts themselves on social media may reveal stark contrasts to what they have claimed to their solicitor or ex, ...
January 04, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
The first Monday back at work after Christmas has been rather depressingly dubbed as ‘Divorce Day’. During the first week of January, solicitors receive as many as twice the normal amount of divorce enquiries – a trend echoed by social media platforms such as Facebook, which report a significant increase in break ups in the run-up to Christmas and the new year.
The Christmas holidays are often a difficult time for relationships which are already under strain as couples spend more time together, entertaining or visiting family, while trying to live up to the ideal of a fairy tale festive period. Financial worries ...