Coronavirus Crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

During the current Coronavirus Crisis some parents whose children are the subject of Child Arrangements Orders made by the Family Court have been understandably concerned about their ability to meet the requirements of these court orders safely in the wholly unforeseen circumstances that now apply. This short statement is intended to offer advice but, as the circumstances of each child and family will differ, any advice can only be in the most general form.… Read More

prenuptial and postnuptial agreement

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreement

What Is A Prenuptial  & Postnuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial and postnuptial agreement is a written agreement made between couples regarding how their assets will be split should their relationship come to an end. For people entering into a Civil Partnership the same type of document is called a Pre-Registration Agreement.  

Prenuptial agreements are not currently automatically legally binding in the UK .… Read More

How Much Of My Ex husband’s Pension Am I Entitled To?

How Much Of My Ex husband’s Pension Am I Entitled To?

How much of much ex husband’s pension am I entitled to? This question is 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 involved as part for the financial settlement. Read More

Cohabiting Couples Rights

Cohabiting Couples Rights

The cohabiting couples rights 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

Late Life Divorce and Starting Over

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

Reasons For The Dissolution Of Partnership

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

UK Same Sex Marriage Law

The UK Same Sex Marriage Law

The UK Same Sex Marriage Law Explained

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013 and the UK Same Sex Marriage Law came into force during March 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

When Is It Time To Get A Divorce?

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