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

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

Divorce Cost

How Much Will A Divorce Cost?

Does a break up always have to break the bank?

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

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

Family Business

Family Businesses In Divorce

Painful Dentistry

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

The Rights Of Grandparents

Paul has recently been asked what rights Grandparents have when they have been denied access to their 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

Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial Agreements

A pre-nuptial agreement sets out how assets will be divided if a couple separates permanently or if marriage ends.

Pre-nups are not strictly enforceable or legally binding in the UK. However, a properly prepared pre-nup should give a large measure of protection to the economically stronger spouse.

The main point of principle was established by the decision of the Supreme Court in Radmacher –v- Granatino in 2010 “The court should give effect to a nuptial agreement that is freely entered into by each party with a full appreciation of its implications unless in the circumstances prevailing it would not be fair to hold the parties to the agreement”.… Read More

Mediation

Mediation Assessment Meeting

As of 22 April 2014 it has become compulsory for the applicant, in respect of a private Children Act matter and an outstanding financial dispute, to attend a mediation assessment meeting before they can apply to the court to request an order.

In these tough economic times, more people are considering mediation to negotiate their divorce settlements, because of the perceived potential cost savings.… Read More