December 01, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Deciding what to do about the family home is often the hardest part of a divorce or separation. Do you sell up and split the proceeds? If you keep it, who’s going to move out? How will you work out mortgage payments? A family home is full of memories, some of which may become bittersweet after divorce – the place you call home becomes both a familiar safe haven and the site of bad memories.
For most separating couples, the family home is their biggest financial investment, and will need to be used as an asset during the divorce process. This may ...
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.
April 07, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
In case you’ve been stuck under a rock for the last week, the latest buzzword in separation and divorce is ‘Conscious Uncoupling’, cited as the method of choice for Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin when they announced their recent split.
The idea of ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ has made waves in the press as a ‘new form of divorce’, but while it certainly raises awareness of the potential for non-antagonistic separation processes, the attempt to find a solution to dispute resolution that minimises damage to families is nothing new. There are several established alternatives to court divorce that offer exactly this ...
March 25, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Let’s face it, divorce is never going to be an enjoyable process, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have its positives. After all, if you’ve got to the point in a relationship where you’re better off separating from your partner, surely things are going to improve once it’s all over. Finding the benefits within your divorce is a highly personal journey, but here are five approaches to separation that may help you see the light at the end of the tunnel:
Enjoy the space. The period building up to the decision to separate can be intense and stifling. Once you’ve made the break and ...
March 15, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Part of our job as divorce solicitors is to keep things calm. The process of separation can be emotionally intense for everyone involved and it’s often difficult to separate the head from the heart when you’re working through the logistics of your divorce. So that’s where we come in – to soothe your worries and cool down any hot-headed decisions that might not be ideal for your situation… Believe us, we’ve experienced our share of stressed-out situations while working with separating couples, so if you’re feeling the strain and are full to the brim with anxious/paranoid/frazzled questions about your divorce, have a look at our commonly-asked questions below to see if we can ...
March 06, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
When you’re getting divorced, chances are you don’t want to waste any time (or money) sorting out the details. While the circumstances and complexity of your separation will greatly influence how long it takes you to complete proceedings, there are a few simple ways to ensure that your case goes as smoothly as possible. By working with your solicitor (and, if possible, your ex) to get all the details of your divorce set out clearly, you’ll be able to move forward with a minimum of disruption and stress.
Here’s our advice on avoiding unnecessary delays during your divorce:
Provide your solicitor with as much information and documentation as possible. For your case to proceed swiftly, your solicitor ...
January 23, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
It’s very easy for communication to break down during a divorce, no matter how good your intentions are to work through an amicable separation. Coping with the emotional upheaval and pressure of a divorce can be really tough, and sometimes it’s difficult to escape the negative spiral that is created when the badmouthing begins.
If you’re facing a divorce, the support of family and friends can make a big difference, along with the reassurance of an experienced and sensitive solicitor. But with all the help in the world, sometimes you may find yourself struggling to navigate the emotional minefield ...
December 19, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
Claims of adultery have halved since the 1970s according to recent analysis of patterns in grounds for divorce, while ‘unreasonable behaviour’ has become the most cited basis for separation – almost twice as likely as 40 years ago.
Unreasonable behaviour accounts for 47% of all divorces in the UK with examples ranging from unsociable spouses to financial quarrels. One possible reason for this shift in approach to divorce could be a change in attitude towards separation – there is far less stigma attached to getting divorced as there would have been in the 70s, and individuals are more likely to speak up about their spouse’s unreasonable behaviour and act upon it. With greater financial freedom for ...
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 ...
October 30, 2013 | Posted by : J Morris
No matter how hard we try, sometimes marriage just doesn’t work out, and the decision to get divorced can be fraught with conflicting emotions, from relief to dread, anxiety to excitement. No matter your circumstances, there are certain fundamental elements to any separation, and understanding the basics of the process can help you to plan and budget for your divorce. Familiarising yourself with the main first steps of getting divorced might help you feel more in control, and less anxious about the future. Here are a few guidelines on how to get started:
Grounds for divorce: There is only one cause for divorce and ...