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No-fault Divorce Delayed Until Spring 2022

June 11, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

In somewhat disappointing news, the Government has moved forward the commencement date for no-fault divorce to 6 April 2022 to allow for the necessary implementation of the new provisions. Courts minister Chris Philp has said that the initial deadline of autumn 2021 was ‘ambitious’ and the delay was ‘unfortunate’ but that in the meantime the Ministry of Justice would work on improving signposting to family mediation while they finalise the procedural rules for no-fault divorce. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 is the biggest reform of divorce law in 50 years and was passed in June 2020 after years of campaigning from family law professionals calling for major changes to UK divorce law. The new procedure aims to simplify and ...

Divorcing after decades

June 07, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When couples decide to separate after being together for a long time, it can sometimes be difficult to determine one specific reason for divorce. We’ve touched on this briefly in our blog ‘Increments of a Relationship Breakdown’ but for those who have been together for decades there can be a whole lifetime of history together, and the situation can often be particularly complex. There are many reasons why a long-standing marriage may come to an end, but we have found the following issues to be the most frequent causes behind divorcing later in life: Unfulfillment  The decades before retirement can be a difficult period for those looking after elderly parents and/or children simultaneously, especially at a time when ...

Do You Need Business Lasting Powers of Attorney?

June 06, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Business Lasting Powers of Attorney (BPLA) help to safeguard against potential issues in the future if a director, partner, director or shareholder becomes unable to manage their responsibilities due to illness or an accident. The ramifications of a key member of your team suddenly becoming incapacitated or losing their ability to make critical decisions could be devastating to a business, leading to problems with authorising payments, accessing accounts, dealing with contracts, paying staff, managing assets, and keeping fundamental day-to-day business operations running. A BLPA allows sole traders, partnerships, directors and shareholders to protect their business interests and ensure that their company is able to continue to operate if a vital member of the team loses physical or mental capacity to ...

The Importance of Including Digital Information in Your Will

June 04, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Research by the Law Society has revealed that 93% of people have not considered including digital information in their will—potentially leaving loved ones without access to important financial accounts, documents, and years of memories stored online. 25% of those surveyed said they knew what would happen to their digital assets after they die but only 7% fully understood the importance of detailing this kind of information in their will. Digital information might include passwords, social media logins, and online or cloud-based storage for documents or photos. Many utility companies, savings accounts, and even mortgages are most easily accessed online nowadays, and without the necessary login details, online banking and credit cards could be difficult to ...

Staying together for the sake of the kids?

June 01, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Research from family law organisation Resolution has shown that 82% of young people with separated parents (aged 14-22) believed that it was better for their parents to divorce than stay together unhappily. And while there’s something admirable about parents who decide to stay together to provide a stable home for their children despite struggling in their own relationship, delaying divorce can take its toll on a couple – and a family – and in some cases do more harm than good. Every circumstance is unique, and there will be many pros and cons to weigh up, both practical and emotional, but ultimately, a happy parent is the best parent, and if that means separation, it could be the ...

Rise of the Silver Splitters! Divorcing Later in Life

May 14, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The number of post-retirement divorces (or ‘silver splitters’ if you will) is rising in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics. Between 2005 and 2015 the amount of men and women aged 65 and over getting divorced increased by 23 and 38 per cent respectively. It has been suggested that the reasons for this increase are mainly to do with changing societal views around divorce, the greater financial security of the ‘boomer’ generation, and retirement or empty nest syndrome acting as a catalyst for a major life change. Divorcing later in life has its pros and cons. On the one hand, there’s likely to be a greater amount of assets to divide between the couple and less chance ...

Making a Will in 5 Easy Steps

May 10, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Many people put off making a will because they think it’s complicated, requires a lot of admin, would rather spend their money on something a bit more fun, or simply because it’s something they’d really rather not think about... It can be difficult to think objectively about end of life planning, but making a will needn’t be a time consuming, complex, or morbid affair – and the very best thing you can possibly do for your loved ones’ future is to make the legal process of your passing as straightforward and stress-free as possible. Having an up-to-date, professionally-made will means there are no nasty surprises, no complicated requirements, and no room for contention. Here’s how to get it done ...

Changes to UK Divorce in 2021

May 07, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

After a year of uncertainty, delays, and living in lockdown limbo, many separating couples are looking to proceed with their plans for divorce in 2021, but what does the legal landscape look like following the pandemic, and what changes lie ahead? There are conflicting opinions over whether divorce rates will increase as a result of the pandemic but according to the most recent data the number of divorces actually decreased during 2020 – though this is most likely due to the restrictions of lockdown, delays to the family courts and the fact that pretty much everything was put on hold while we all came to terms with the reality of this new situation. There are two contrasting sides to the ...

Divorce & Separation FAQs: How to Deal With A Difficult Spouse

May 03, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

There’s plenty of advice to be found on the logistics and practicalities of divorce, but what if your spouse is difficult to communicate with, emotionally manipulative, or keeps adding complications every which way you turn?  Managing the antagonistic side of divorce is where you really need an experienced and supportive solicitor by your side. Not only can they advise you on the best way to manage your spouse’s behaviour, but your solicitor can be responsible for the majority of direct communication, ensuring that you stay focused on the legal aspects of negotiations as possible without getting detailed by mind games and manipulations. Let us be the bad guy – especially if your spouse has narcissistic tendencies and tries to ...

Rise in Will Making During Lockdown

April 13, 2021  |   Posted by :   |   Wills

The pandemic has seen a sharp spike in the number of people making a will, with a close correlation between news events and future planning. Before the global Covid crisis it was reported that around two thirds of British adults did not have an up-to-date will, so while we’d rather the circumstances were different, it is encouraging that more people are taking their future planning more seriously and protecting themselves and their family should the worst happen.  Online and telephone will making services reported an increase in enquiries of over 200% in 2020, particularly by people under the age of 35, with a 300% rise in will-writing by millennials and gen-Zs. The most popular date for making a will was ...

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