No Fault Divorce Due Autumn 2021

October 09, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

No fault divorce will finally be an option for separating couples in 2021, providing a more streamlined, less antagonistic method of dispute resolution by removing the element of blame from the process of divorce. After years of campaigning for no fault divorce, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received Royal Assent in June of this year, and will come into effect in the autumn of 2021. Under current law, in order to get divorced in England and Wales, you must demonstrate your relationship has permanently broken down using one of the following grounds: Adultery Unreasonable behaviour Desertion Separation for at least 2 years (if your spouse agrees to the divorce) Separation for at least 5 years (if your spouse disputes the divorce) The current system works ...

Leaving Home After an Argument During Lockdown

May 18, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

According to the College of Policing (CPS), a ‘cooling-off’ period following an argument at home is likely to be considered a reasonable reason to leave home during lockdown. Updated guidelines on quarantine regulations from CPS provide a detailed list of what might constitute reasonable and unreasonable excuses to leave home, including information on exercise, shopping, helping others, and going to work, and dealing with a domestic dispute situation. Of course, police officers enforcing lockdown restrictions will consider each case on an individual basis and will “use their discretion and judgement in deciding what is and what isn’t ‘reasonable’ in the circumstances.” Wherever possible – and so long as it is safe for all those involved – it’s best to stay at home. However, ...

Co-parenting & Dealing with Child Arrangements During the Lockdown

May 06, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

Since the lockdown measures were put in place we’ve had lots of enquiries from separated parents asking for advice on the rules around children’s arrangements - and we are here to help so please get in touch! The current situation is new to all of us and there are many issues that are turning out to be particularly confusing or difficult to navigate for parents. Co-parenting after separation is challenging enough already, as there’s so much to think about both emotionally and practically for you and your children, but right now it’s even more difficult to know how to balance what is right for the children, how to adhere to existing children’s arrangements, and how to keep ...

Making a Will & Arranging Lasting Powers of Attorney

April 20, 2020  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized

The world is pretty scary right now, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about the future. We’ve avoided posting anything about making wills or end-of-life care lately, because nobody needs reminding about the worst case scenario, but, as it turns out, we’ve had a lot of enquiries from people wanting help with these issues over the past few weeks, so perhaps it is something we should be putting out in the open and facing up to. So many of us feel powerless and confused and anxious about the developing Coronavirus situation, and it’s natural to seek out ways of feeling more in control about such an unknown and unfamiliar situation. For some, that means having peace of mind if the worst did happen.

Online Divorces Less Likely to Proceed to Final Decree Than Paper Petitions

October 28, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Uncategorized

Approximately 40% of divorce petitions are issued online, but according to information supplied by the Ministry of Justice, online petitions result in a decree of divorce significantly less often than paper petitions. The analysis of patterns of attitude and behaviour to online and paper petitions suggests that the slower process of filling in a hardcopy paper form and delivering it to a court office may feel more final and tangible, while the online process may sometimes act as a ‘cry for help’ in a relationship under strain – prompting couples to take action or seek help rather than pursue proceedings.

The Communication Issue that Breaks Relationships

October 21, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Uncategorized

We are often asked what is the biggest cause of divorce. Our answer is always communication or lack of it. According to relationship researchers at the University of Washington and The Gottman institute, toxic methods of communication like habitual criticism and contemptuous attitudes are top predictors for divorce. The way couples speak to each other, communicate their needs, and resolve differences can have a huge impact on a relationship. Constant criticism, complaints, disdain and dissatisfaction gradually chip away at a person’s self-esteem and make it increasingly difficult for couples to communicate in a healthy way. Of course, many separating individuals may argue that criticism of their partner’s behaviour is entirely valid, and we’re not suggesting that ...

Prenups and Petnups – The Rise of Relationship Agreements

October 14, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Uncategorized

Changes in attitudes towards marriage a may be behind a rising trend in prenuptial agreements – and, in some cases, ‘petnups’, relating to the custody and care of shared pets. A prenuptial agreement usually details any assets, liabilities, and expectations a couple brings to a relationship. In the case of separation, this legal document can then be used  as an aid to  resolve disputes over property, financial settlements, children’s arrangements – or even pets. Deciding who gets to keep the family pet after divorce can be a particularly difficult issue. The first legally binding ‘petnup’ agreement was reportedly launched in 2014, ...

Children’s Arrangements

September 23, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Uncategorized

When people separate - whether married or not - arrangements for children are usually (or should be) paramount. Most people decide between themselves how to make these practical arrangements - after all, they are your children and you know what is best for them - but sometimes it's not possible to come to a mutual agreement without support from a legal professional. If parents are unable to agree between themselves, or perhaps just need a bit of help ironing out the wrinkles, then mediation is an ideal option. A skilled mediator will help parents come to an agreement that works for everyone, whether that is an informal arrangement or a more formal co-parenting plan, or ...

Free Legal Consultations: What To Expect

September 16, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Uncategorized

Before you engage a solicitor - or even find out whether you will need one - you need to explore your options, decide if you’d like to work with this particular solicitor, and figure out a way forward. Most solicitors will offer you an initial consultation of 30-45 minutes without charge to talk about family law issues such as divorce and separation. Many people arrive with the expectation that the solicitor will be able to give them detailed information on a financial settlement or child arrangements, however these appointments are only meant to provide an introduction and general information on the issues involved. It is simply not possible to provide detailed advice without all the necessary information and ...

Should Inheritance Be Included in the Joint Pot During Divorce or Should You Try and Hide It?

September 09, 2019  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Uncategorized

Trying to hide your assets from your partner during divorce is never a good idea – inevitably you will be found out and non-disclosure where you have signed a statement of truth is a contempt of court and a very serious matter, likely to land you in a far worse financial situation than if you declared and included all assets in the pot. In a recent case, a woman attempted to temporarily ‘gift’ away a large sum of inheritance to her builder with the aim of keeping it out of her divorce. The two had become friends during plans to build an extension, and Mrs Byrne disclosed ...


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