April 04, 2019 | Posted by : J Morris
According to Relate’s recent report on couple relationships in the UK, ‘It Takes Two’, 25% of people surveyed said they were in a ‘distressed’ relationship, but only one in five (22%) said they would seek professional support if their relationship was under strain. Over 5,000 people were polled for the report, which aimed to provide an overview of the state of relationships in the UK, and though two-thirds (66%) of people agreed that ‘everyone could benefit from support with their relationships’, it seems the reality of seeking help is far less likely.
Of those surveyed, 16% said they thought about getting divorced, separated, or ending their relationship at least occasionally, and ...
March 18, 2019 | Posted by : J Morris
One of the main issues couples face when deciding to separate is what to do about the family home. Which of you moves out? Who gets to stay? Can you afford to find separate homes? How do you divide up property assets? And what if you rent?
When it comes divorce, the rules over property can vary fairly widely depending on your unique circumstances, but here’s some basic guidance on ownership and living arrangements to help you figure out what to expect, what your rights are, and how to proceed.
Both partners have a legal right to remain in the family home, and neither of you can force the other to move ...
January 25, 2019 | Posted by : J Morris
Family law organisation Resolution is campaigning to change UK divorce laws to allow couples to separate without laying blame. 90% of Resolution members agree that no fault divorce ought to be an option for separating couples, enabling them to split without apportioning blame and reduce the length of the process.
According to a survey of Resolution members:
90% agreed that current laws make it more difficult for family law professionals to reduce confrontation between couples.
67% said that a blame-based system makes it harder for separated parents to reach a positive resolution about children’s arrangements.
80% believed that no-fault divorce would increase the likelihood of couples reaching an agreement out ...
January 15, 2019 | Posted by : J Morris
Resolution - We Need To Talk from Resolution on Vimeo
This short film by family law organisation Resolution is a great place to start when preparing to talk to your children about divorce. It can be difficult for children (and adults!) to deal with the complex emotions and reasons behind separation, but with the right approach you can help your kids to understand what’s going on, how to cope with their feelings, and what to expect from the future.
The video above has some excellent practical tips on talking to your children about separation and help them through the process, such as:
Let your children know what’s going on. Your instinct ...
January 08, 2019 | Posted by : J Morris
When negotiating a financial settlement during divorce or dissolution, there are several ways of dividing up your assets. You may decide to split things straight down the middle, or figure things out on a more flexible, case-by-case basis. Perhaps you’re able to come to an out-of-court resolution between the two of you, or maybe you need some extra help in deciding what’s fair. When one of you is in a financially weaker position, however, arrangements should be made to ensure that the more vulnerable partner is able to adjust to their new circumstances – either via a lump sum (‘a clean break’), or ongoing spousal maintenance.
A Clean Break
A clean break means ...
September 13, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
Recent research from Oxford University has shown a significant increase in divorce petitions based on ‘unreasonable behaviour’, overtaking adultery as the most frequently cited grounds for separation.
In 1971, unreasonable behaviour was cited by 17% of women and 2% of men seeking divorce. In 2016 this rose to 51% and 36% respectively.
Conversely, adultery was the most commonly used as grounds for divorce in 1987, peaking at 25% for petitions put forward by women, and 45% by men. This number fell to an average of 11% in 2016.
Grounds of unreasonable behaviour are based on the belief that the ‘respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected ...
September 08, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
A new ‘fully digitised’ online divorce application service was recently launched as the latest initiative in the government’s family law modernisation programme. This new service is intended to help couples to manage their separation as simply and efficiently as possible, and to reduce strain on the family courts. However, as with any kind of DIY divorce process, there are pros and cons to be considered, and this kind of service may not be the best choice for everyone.
Everyone’s circumstances are different, and some cases may be far too complicated to be handled without the expert advice of a solicitor, as DIY divorce services tend to be most suitable to those with very ...
September 01, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
There are many complicated reasons why people might commit adultery, and research has shown that the motivation behind cheating – and the tolerance of their partner – often differs between men and women.*
A recent report from the Office for National Statistics suggests that the balance of infidelity in those petitioning for divorce has see-sawed significantly in the last twenty years. Comparing 2016 statistics to those in 1996, the report showed that fewer women are seeking divorce on the grounds of their spouse’s adultery – a fall of 43%. Conversely, the number of men divorcing their wives for the same reason has increased by around a third.
Another study by ...
August 27, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
There are almost 7 million cohabitants in England and Wales, but many unmarried couples are unaware that their partnership is not eligible for basic legal protection – particularly when it comes to separation, children’s issues, and will disputes. Under current legislation, cohabiting couples are not, unfortunately, afforded the same protections as married couples, and must be careful to take steps to assert their legal rights.
The best way to do this is with a cohabitation agreement – a formal document much like a prenuptial agreement – which sets out the potential division of assets, share of property, and intentions for co-parenting in the event of separation. Other legal protections, such as a will, ...
August 20, 2018 | Posted by : J Morris
According to a recent study by TD Bank, Millennials are more likely to discuss money and finances on a regular basis than Boomers and Gen X couples. The researchers discovered that Millennials are more open about financial conversations than previous generations – a habit that is not only making them happier but also encouraging stronger relationships.
The report revealed that 75% of Millennial couples (18-34-year-olds) discussed their finances at least once a week, in comparison to 66% of Gen Xers (35-44) and 44% of Baby Boomers (55+). On a monthly basis, the numbers were slightly closer, with 97% of Millennials and 93% of Gen Xers talking about money at least ...