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Divorce FAQ: Dealing with Finances

November 12, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When you’re going through a divorce, worrying about money can add extra stress during an already challenging period of upheaval. As well as legal fees and the uncertainty around the duration of the process, you may also have to adjust your finances to accommodate extra outgoings and changes to your circumstances. The first thing you should do when you’ve made the decision to separate is speak to your solicitor and discuss your options – resolving financial disputes out of court via arbitration or mediation is generally much cheaper than bringing your case to court, and may help you to come to a more mutually beneficial agreement with your ex. ...

Brangelina – Divorcing ‘for the health of the family’

October 10, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

  In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few weeks, the latest big celebrity news concerns Angelina Jolie’s application for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ (grounds for divorce that we don't currently have in the UK, but which would probably be categorised under 'unreasonable behaviour'). Understandably, the couple are trying to keep their affairs as private as possible amid mass speculation, cynicism and much unpleasantly gleeful wagon-jumping on reporting the news. We’re not going to add to that, although there’s one aspect of the news that we thought was worth exploring – a comment made by Jolie regarding the separation, saying that she had made ...

Breaking up is hard to do: Relate calls for increased support for separating couples

February 12, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Families going through separation require professional support before, during and after the process to ensure they make the right decisions for their situation. Unfortunately, many couples find they do not have access to the information they need, or are unaware that alternatives to the often expensive and protracted method of court divorce exist. Relate recently released a report entitled Breaking is hard to do which seeks to address these issues, putting forward 13 recommendations for policy makers to improve the divorce process in order to ‘assist families to navigate family relationship support before, during and after separation’. The aims of these recommendations include: Placing families in need of information ...

Rise in ‘Silver Splitter’ Divorces

August 22, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The number of ‘silver splitter’ divorces has risen by three quarters in the past twenty years as the over 60s reconsider their decision to stay together, venturing into retirement free and single. Although the overall divorce rate has fallen since a peak in the 1990s, twice as many couples over 60 are now choosing to separate - rising from 8,700 in 1991 to 15,300 in 2011. The research, carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also discovered that men over 60 are just as likely to file for divorce as women – a noticeable anomaly as compared to other ...

Ex-wives Seek Fair Settlement After Being ‘Duped’ During Divorce

July 22, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

  The UK supreme court is in the process of considering the effects of fraud on divorce settlements, following the investigation into cases involving women who claim their ex-husbands provided misleading accounts of their assets during divorce proceedings. Varsha Gohil and Alison Sharland seek to re-open divorce cases to investigate whether their ex-husbands concealed wealth and assets during original proceedings. Both maintain that they were ‘duped’ by their ex-husbands, and a three-day hearing will examine the issue of non-disclosure in divorce cases. In 2004, Varsha Gohil settled for £270,000 and a car during her divorce to Bhadresh Gohil. However, Bhadresh was subsequently tried and jailed for fraud ...

Why Social Media and Divorce Don’t Mix

January 26, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

While still relatively rare, the use of social media evidence in divorce cases is becoming more and more common. In the last five years, content from social networking platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs have been used in family law cases to help resolve disputes. In order to reach a settlement, the process of family law takes into account a person’s lifestyle, including social behaviour, spending habits, capability as a parent, employment history, and financial standing. The way a person conducts themselves on social media may reveal stark contrasts to what they have claimed to their solicitor or ex, ...

How families influence relationship breakdown

January 13, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

A 2014 survey revealed that families can have significant influence on whether or not a couple gets divorced, with over 60% of respondents reporting that family members played a part in their decision. The survey canvassed 2,007 divorced British adults, looking into the different ways family members can affect the breakdown of a relationship. The results showed that a couple’s family members often play a large part in their decision to split – or stay together: The majority of respondents said that families on both sides had an impact on their relationships, with their partner’s family having as much if not more influence on their final decision. In fact, 74% found that their ex valued the opinions of their family ...

The Real Cost of Divorce

November 16, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

According to research conducted by life insurance firm Aviva, the cost of legal fees has dropped by approximately £500 since 2006. However, the overall cost of divorce increased from £28,000 to £44,000 in the same period – a rise largely due to the ‘hidden costs’ of divorce, such as moving house, child maintenance, redecorating, or taking a post-divorce holiday. One in eight respondents of the survey said they spent money on treating themselves following separation, for example: new clothes, makeovers, holidays, cars, gadgets, entertainment and gifts. This extra spending also included self-improvement efforts like therapy, life coaching, learning a new hobby, and ...

Safeguarding Investments and Wealth for Cohabitees

July 25, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Increasing numbers of people are choosing not to remarry after divorce. According to recent reports from the Office for National Statistics, almost two thirds of cohabitees over 65 have previously been divorced, and there are twice as many unmarried people within this age group than there were a decade ago. This increase may be contributed to several elements: less of a stigma attached to being divorced; longer lifespans, and therefore a longer period of retirement, or a reluctance to marry in order to secure the transfer of assets and wealth to children. For unmarried couples hoping to safeguard their investments, it’s important to be aware how to ensure that assets are passed onto the ...

Co-parenting after Divorce

June 29, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

When parents divorce, it’s never a case of just walking away from the relationship. Whether you’re together or not, you’ll always have to co-parent your children in one way or another. An amicable separation (or at least a civil one) provides your kids with stability and reassurance during the transition and beyond, and will make it much easier on you both as parents. Of course, it’s a lot easier said than done, but here are a few tips on finding your way to a working co-parenting relationship after divorce: Keep your history in the past. Divorce is about moving on. Don’t let the breakdown of your relationship affect the future with your kids. Resentment, petty disagreement, ...

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