November 26, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Family law organisation Resolution recently updated its Code of Practice to reflect its aims to shape the family justice system for the better. To raise awareness of these changes, Resolution are running the Good Divorce Week campaign from 28th November to 2nd December – join us on Twitter and follow the hashtag #ABetterWay to see how we can work together to move away from towards a system of divorce without blame.
On Wednesday 30th of November, 150 members of Resolution will be holding a Lobby Day in Parliament to campaign for no-fault divorce and improved rights for cohabiting couples. According to research conducted by the family law organisation, ...
October 06, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Collaborative family law is an out-of-court cooperative method of separation that allows couples to resolve their issues with a 'less adversarial, more solution-oriented' approach.
Deciding to separate is a big decision. Even more so if there are children involved. The collaborative process involves working together as a separating couple, with the support and advice of Resolution-trained solicitors, to ensure that you find the best solution for you as a family.
As a separating parent, you don't have the choice to simply walk away. You and your ex-partner have a responsibility to try to make the best of the situation and find a way to co-parent in the future. Collaborative family law is designed to facilitate clear communication and fair decision-making, ...
February 12, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Families going through separation require professional support before, during and after the process to ensure they make the right decisions for their situation. Unfortunately, many couples find they do not have access to the information they need, or are unaware that alternatives to the often expensive and protracted method of court divorce exist.
Relate recently released a report entitled Breaking is hard to do which seeks to address these issues, putting forward 13 recommendations for policy makers to improve the divorce process in order to ‘assist families to navigate family relationship support before, during and after separation’.
The aims of these recommendations include:
Placing families in need of information ...
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 ...
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 22, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
The number of ‘silver splitter’ divorces has risen by three quarters in the past twenty years as the over 60s reconsider their decision to stay together, venturing into retirement free and single.
Although the overall divorce rate has fallen since a peak in the 1990s, twice as many couples over 60 are now choosing to separate - rising from 8,700 in 1991 to 15,300 in 2011. The research, carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also discovered that men over 60 are just as likely to file for divorce as women – a noticeable anomaly as compared to other ...
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 ...
August 10, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
The dissolution of a civil partnership follows many of the same processes as a divorce, although there are also a number of different options for couples who wish to avoid going to court, such as arbitration, mediation or collaborative family law. In all cases, your first step is to meet with an experienced family lawyer to discuss which option is best for your situation.
The process of dissolution covers all aspects of separation, including the division of assets, finances, savings, property, businesses and personal possessions. If you have children, you will need to negotiate the best course of action for co-parenting after separation – your family lawyer ...
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 ...
July 22, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
The UK supreme court is in the process of considering the effects of fraud on divorce settlements, following the investigation into cases involving women who claim their ex-husbands provided misleading accounts of their assets during divorce proceedings.
Varsha Gohil and Alison Sharland seek to re-open divorce cases to investigate whether their ex-husbands concealed wealth and assets during original proceedings. Both maintain that they were ‘duped’ by their ex-husbands, and a three-day hearing will examine the issue of non-disclosure in divorce cases.
In 2004, Varsha Gohil settled for £270,000 and a car during her divorce to Bhadresh Gohil. However, Bhadresh was subsequently tried and jailed for fraud ...