Am I entitled to my ex-husband’s pension?

Am I entitled to my ex-husband’s pension? How much of my husband’s pension am I entitled to? These are both questions which are commonly asked when it comes to getting a divorce.

It is often found in divorces today that pensions are to be taken into account and divided between the parties as part for the financial settlement.  As well as the value of the former matrimonial home the pension provision of one or both spouses may be the largest capital asset of the marriage.… Read More

What are the legal rights of cohabiting couples?

The legal rights of cohabiting couples are something which remains unclear to most people.

It is a popular misconception that if a couple live together they will gain certain rights by being a ‘common law wife’ or ‘common law husband’. There is no basis in English law for this. There is no such thing as a ‘common law wife’ or husband, but unfortunately this is something that two-thirds of cohabiting couples wrongly believe.… Read More

Silver Divorces

Silver Divorces

Figures released from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 6 August 2013, show increasing divorce rates amongst the over 60s, contrasting with falling rates amongst the rest of the married population.

Research has indicated there are three main reasons for a rise in divorce rate amongst this age group.

  • Overall, a loss of stigma in being divorced. In the 19 years between 1991 and 2010 there was a threefold increase in the number of divorces to 1.3 million.
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Civil Partnership Dissolutions Family Law Services

Civil Partnership Dissolutions on the Increase

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a bulletin presenting annual statistics on civil partnerships that were formed in the United Kingdom in 2012. Key findings included the provisional number of civil partnerships in the UK in 2012 (7,037), an increase of 3.6 per cent since 2011, as well as the average age of men forming a civil partnership in the UK in 2012: 40.… Read More

How Much Is A Divorce

How Much Will A Divorce Cost?

How Much Is A Divorce?

Sorry, I don’t love you any more – but how much is a divorce, can we afford it?

Surrey has one of the highest Divorce rates in the UK, where around 42% of marriages now end in divorce. The often high costs of legal fees involved in a divorce have been well documented recently; the law watchdog has said that spiralling costs and poor quality legal services are adding to the misery of divorce.… Read More

Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013 and is expected to come into force in 2014. The Bill enjoyed a complex passage through the legislature, largely due to the need to accommodate varying religious views. Technical complexities still remain – for example regarding the extension of ‘spouse’s rights’ over pensions and death-in-service benefits, as the life expectancies of the sexes are significantly different.… Read More

New Year Divorces

New Year Divorces – Divorce Monday

Blue Monday – Divorce Monday – New Year Divorces

First there was Black Friday and now today is widely known as Blue Monday. Analysis has shown that today is the glummest day as millions return to work; rain, debt and divorce make it the worst day of the year.

According to researchers who have analysed more than 2 million tweets over the past three years, the first Monday back from work in the New Year is the day when people post the most negative tweets.… Read More

Divorce With A Business Involved

Family Businesses In Divorce

Divorce With A Business Involved

A personality clash between a millionaire dentist and her “highly controlling” mother-in-law is at the centre of a £10 million divorce battle

The couple who divorced after establishing a chain of dental surgeries appeared in court at the beginning of October to argue over ownership.

Dr Anushika Sharma and former husband Sunny split in October last year after establishing their highly successful dentistry business, the Telegraph reports.… Read More

Cheap Online Divorce

Cheap On line Divorce – Cost of Divorce

Type divorce into Google and it would appear you can get divorced for as little as £37.

It’s an appealing headline, but, when things seem too good to be true, they usually are.

The enticing advert may appear to be a great money saver, but it is not possible to get divorced for £37; in all cases there are court fees to pay, which are currently £550.… Read More

Grandparents Rights

Grandparents Rights To See Grandchildren

Paul has recently been asked what rights Grandparents have when they have been denied access to their grandchildren. Read more below on grandparents rights to see grandchildren:

Grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren.

Grandparents can play an invaluable role in their grandchildren’s lives and it is very rare that the court would refuse a grandparent access to grandchildren unless there is evidence of abuse or violence.… Read More