January 23, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
This week is Family Mediation Week, and we’re spreading the word about this simple, stress-reduced process. If you’re coming to the end of your marriage by mutual consent, there’s no need for the process to be lengthy, inconvenient or expensive. Mediation is the fastest-growing solution to separation and divorce and by far the least stressful. It's a process whereby the two sides sit down with a trained and experienced mediator and work things out simply and amicably. Comfortably, too, because you can arrange everything at a time and place that suits you. Best of all, Mediated divorce costs on average a quarter of the conventional court ...
September 22, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
It’s important for cohabitants to keep an up to date Will to include their partner, since living together as an unmarried couple does not automatically grant you the right to inherit each other’s estate. However, according to the National Consumer Council, only 17% of cohabitants have made a Will – if you’re one of the remaining 83%, book an appointment with your family law solicitor and get yours sorted ASAP!
Under current laws, unmarried couples are not entitled to each other’s estate unless they are specifically named on their partner’s Will. If you don’t have ...
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 ...
December 17, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
New research commissioned by Resolution has revealed that 19% of teens feel that parental separation has had a negative effect on their education and exam results. A survey of teens and young adults aged 14-22 looked at the way separation and divorce affects life at school, college and university. Around 100,000 children under the age of 16 experience parental relationship breakdown each year, and 48% of all break-ups in Britain involve couples with at least one child. The report, published on the 24th of November 2014, shows how separation and ...
May 26, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
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Hmm, that was a short blog. Ok, let’s elaborate.
Choosing a solicitor isn’t just about picking the cheapest/nearest option. Although legal procedures may at times seem rather technical, your relationship with your solicitor should be a personal one – when you’re dealing with highly emotional life changes it makes sense to work with someone you trust and can get along with. Your solicitor’s job is to provide you with expert legal advice and guidance tailored to your situation, so it’s important to find someone you feel comfortable working with, someone who is sensitive to your needs, and someone who can and will remain objective.
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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 31, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
The world’s largest-ever survey on violence against women has been published in a report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), revealing the prevalence of abuse experienced by women: one third of women in the EU have suffered a form of violence, and more than a fifth reported experiencing violence at the hands of a partner.
The FRA report outlines incidents of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and violence suffered by women in the home, at work, in public and online. The agency hopes that the survey will demonstrate to policy makers that the true extent of violence against women must be recognised and ...
March 29, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Under new same-sex marriage laws which came into effect on the 13th of March, couples are now allowed to make applications to marry in the UK. The first same-sex marriages following the change in law are due to take place on the 29th of March, but for couples currently in civil partnerships who are hoping to organise a conversion to marriage, the wait may be longer. The Government has not provided a clear timescale for when civil partnerships can be converted to marriage, although recent estimated suggest there could be delays in implementing these changes until the end of the year.
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