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Co-operative divorce helps to improve children’s cognitive development

May 10, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A recent study has revealed that children who are exposed to negative conflict during parental relationship breakdown may suffer detrimentally in terms of cognitive development. Research from the University of York examined data from 19,000 UK children born in 2000 to study the development of ‘non-cognitive’ skills, such as social interaction, emotional development and behaviour. The study found that children of divorced couples are 30% more likely to suffer from emotional or behavioural issues, and perform 20% lower than their peers in cognitive tests. Notably, however, the study revealed that the negative effects of separation on children occur before divorce, suggesting that it is the conflict leading up to ...

Do we need a prenuptial agreement?

September 19, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Since 2010, the court has placed significant weight on prenuptial agreements in the event of a separation or divorce in the UK, making it more difficult to have them overruled. Though generally thought of as an Americanism, marital contracts are becoming increasingly popular this side of the pond. A prenup is a formal written agreement that provides terms regarding the division of assets and property in the case of marriage breakdown. Couples work with their own family law solicitors to draw up a prenuptial agreement before their wedding or civil union, deciding on provisions that will simplify the details of ...

Can Maintenance Payments Extend to Support Children Through Higher Education?

September 03, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Recently there has been a surge in enquiries from divorced parents seeking legal advice on whether their ex-spouse can pay maintenance towards higher education fees for children. Tuition fees rose to £9,000 last year and increasing numbers of divorced mothers in particular are seeking extra payments towards financing their children’s university education. And, of course, just because your child is away at university it doesn’t mean that they don’t occasionally come home with a mountain of washing and clear out your fridge! Financial, emotional and practical responsibility for our children doesn’t magically end at the age of 18, which is why it is a sensible idea to plan ahead to ensure that any

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