March 08, 2021 | Posted by : J Morris
Going through divorce negotiations can be a challenge. There are so many variables to consider and no one-size-fits-all guide to follow – each case is unique and you really need the support of an experienced solicitor to help you find the best solution. Many people simply want to get things over and done with as quickly and cheaply as possible or don’t want to ‘make a fuss’ about the nitty gritty details of dividing up assets, while others will drag out the process by picking holes in every decision and end up in lengthy (and costly) litigation, but no matter how things go, there are a few major red flags to look out for along the way to ...
March 05, 2021 | Posted by : J Morris
Around 1.4 million couples in the UK are also joint owners of a company, but when you are partners in business as well as marriage there can be added complications if your relationship comes to an end.
For couples who own a business together, their finances, assets, and future employment may all be tied up in the company, making splitting things fairly somewhat complex. It’s common for spouses to be 50/50 shareholders but divorces don’t always result in a 50/50 split, and sometimes decisions about what happens to a business after separation cross over from family law into corporate law.
There are, of course, many variables when it comes to dealing with a business in divorce—some situations may be relatively ...
March 01, 2021 | Posted by : J Morris
Dealing with the breakdown of a relationship under pressure during the pandemic is no small feat—especially when you may be unable to make any practical changes to your situation for the foreseeable future. Delays to the family court, lockdown restrictions, financial concerns and employment uncertainty are putting many couples’ separation plans on hold, while others are still undecided over whether they want to split, left in the limbo of not knowing if it’s the stress of the current circumstances that’s the problem or if there really are underlying issues in their relationship.
If you’re struggling but stuck living together for the time being, a ‘sleep divorce’ might help to give you both some space to consider your situation, your ...
February 08, 2021 | Posted by : J Morris
Despite what media coverage of celebrity splits might have you think, there’s no such thing as a ‘quickie’ divorce, although the new option for No Fault Divorce due to come into effect this autumn is aiming to simplify and streamline the process. Until then, however, the options for divorce are:
Live apart for at least 2 years (if both of you agree to the divorce) before lodging a petition
Live apart for at least 5 years (if one of you objects to the divorce) before lodging a petition
Lodge a petition based on behaviour, adultery or desertion, providing ‘facts’ for why you want a divorce
‘Behaviour’ is the most common ground for divorce and may cover a wide range of reasons that ...
February 05, 2021 | Posted by : J Morris
As of 31st December 2020, new rules will be applied to international divorces due to Brexit. If you and your spouse are of different nationalities, have a second home, live or work in Europe, your approach to separation will need to take into account these changes to avoid additional complications and costs.
Previous rules incorporated EU regulations which follow a ‘first past the post’ approach, i.e. the country in which proceedings are issued first has the priority, but the new rules state that if divorce petitions are filed in two separate jurisdictions, the country to which both parties have the ‘strongest links’ will hear the divorce case.
This is something of a grey area, and may vary from couple to ...
November 12, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
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. ...
June 20, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Separation is a process; it may begin months or even years before you speak to a solicitor or sign a single piece of paperwork. Separation is a lot more than just working out who’s right, who’s wrong, and who gets the toaster – it’s a journey comprising a string of decisions, compromises and negotiations. And the time it takes to complete depends on you, your ex, and your ability to cooperate – it’s all about how you approach it.
Every couple’s situation is different, but there are certain fundamental ground-rules that should help you to manoeuvre through the challenges of separation with the minimum of stress, conflict ...
February 23, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
A recent survey by YouGov in support of Family Mediation Week has revealed a lack of support for couples seeking information on separation, especially when related to children’s issues and finances. According to the poll, up to 38% of respondents were unaware of out-of-court alternatives to separation, such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative family law.
The results of the survey showed that couples felt more positive about the process and outcome of their separation when they had greater access to information about their options. In general, 48% of respondents said that they felt positively about their separation, but this percentage increased and decreased across the country ...
December 18, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Dividing your assets during divorce can be difficult enough without the added complication of sorting out a shared business. But as increasing numbers of people turn to self-employment, many couples also end up as business partners. When it comes to divorce, deciding what to do about your company can be tricky: do you dissolve it and divide the proceeds; should one of you buy out the other; or will you risk leaving the decision to the court?
When you’ve worked hard to build a business, you may dread the prospect of losing it during separation – but divorce does not necessarily mean the end of your ...
December 01, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
The festive holidays are always a potential sticking point when parents separate – whether you’re in the midst of a divorce or trying to put it all behind you. It can be tricky to stay calm and objective when it comes to dividing up time with your your kids, coping with the stresses of the holidays as a lone parent, or feeling isolated and jealous when the kids are with your partner. But rather than letting it all get you down and causing new quarrels, plan ahead and take practical steps to help things run as smoothly as possibly for everyone.
Here are five ways to ...