January 13, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
If you’ve made the decision to separate, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed about what to do next. This is totally understandable – it’s a huge decision, and there are so many logistics to consider, but you don’t have to go it alone.
The first step is to find an experienced solicitor to talk over your options. Going to court is not the be-all-and-end-all of divorce – there are a variety of alternatives that cost less, are more flexible, and allow you to work collaboratively with your ex.
Under current UK family law legislation, there is, unfortunately, no option for divorce without blame, but there are ways to approach separation ...
November 09, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Reduction in legal aid has led to increase in DIY divorce as couples attempt to negotiate the terms of their separation as litigants in person (LiP). This has led to concern over a lack of support and 'impossible' court delays due to the difficulty in dealing with the strain of handling their own case. Family law professionals and organisations such as Resolution have spoken out about the difficulty faced by LiPs, and the need for legal aid as well as an option for couples to choose no fault divorce.
According to the latest Ministry of Justice report, over a third of divorce-related disputes now involve unrepresented litigants – ...
July 18, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
The latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) report a decrease of 9.1% for UK divorces in 2015 compared to the previous year. The report showed that divorces of opposite sex couples has declined by 34% since a recent peak in 2003, and the divorce rate was highest among couples aged 40-44. In total, there were 101,055 UK divorces between opposite sex couples in 2015, and 22 divorces of same sex couples (following the passing of legislation to allow same sex marriage and divorce in England and Wales in March, 2014).
Nigel Shepherd, chair of family law organisation Resolution, commented on the report, suggesting that these ...
May 23, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Experts from a number of institutions are collaborating to research the UK divorce process in the first major study for 30 years. Researchers from the University of Exeter Law School, Bryson Purdon Social Research, One Plus One, Resolution and Wikivorce are working together to look at the current family law system by examining hundreds of divorce cases, conducting nationwide surveys and focus groups, and interviewing divorces and family lawyers.
Initial findings suggest that ‘behaviour’ is an inadequate option for choosing grounds for divorce for many couples, unnecessarily assigning blame to one or both parties and causing greater conflict throughout the separation process and beyond. In 2014 there were approximately 110,000 divorces, 48% of which cited ‘behaviour’ as the reason for ...
May 23, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
National chair of family law organisation Resolution Nigel Shepherd is calling for UK political parties to make a commitment to modernising the family law system in the run up to the general election.
With another election fast approaching, Resolution has put forward four proposals regarding changes to family justice, focusing on the introduction of no-fault divorce, greater legal rights for cohabiting couples, increased access, and financial clarity for those going through separation.
The four proposals encourage representatives to make a commitment to:
Allow couples to divorce without blame.
Give cohabiting couples, who make up 10% of the population, some basic legal rights.
Ensure there is fair access to the family justice system.
Give people more financial clarity on divorce.
According to Mr Shepherd’s ...
March 10, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
Continuing the debate around calls for ‘divorce without blame’, agony aunt and author Virginia Ironside has suggested that people trapped in unhappy, lonely, and isolated marriages should grin and bear it rather than seeking divorce.
Ironside’s claims came in response to a recent case in which a woman seeking divorce after 39 years of marriage had her application refused by a judge after deeming her grounds of ‘unreasonable behaviour’ were not quite unreasonable enough. Instead, the petitioner Tini Owens was advised to wait a further five years feeling “unloved, isolated and alone” in a marriage she has no wish to be a part of. Mrs Owens is ...