How arbitration can avoid a Johnny Depp-style public divorce

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 As the media continues to dissect every minute detail of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard divorce, stories reported include claims that Johnny Depp deliberately delayed proceedings.

In our vast experience, UK divorces are rarely purposely prolonged once agreement is reached, with most people understandably seeking to avoid extending what may have been a protracted and emotionally painful process.

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How To Plan For a ‘New Year, New You’ Post-Divorce

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The New Year is a symbolic time for most people – one of new beginnings, hopes and aspirations for the future.

Understandably, the holiday period may have left those recently divorced feeling fragile and exhausted – making it more difficult to plan ahead with any degree of enthusiasm or certainty.

If you are in this situation, looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is vital to help you feel re-energised and refocused. There has never been a better time to set in place some simple resolutions to boost your quality of life – and help you to move forward with confidence and purpose.

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How compromise and cooperation can make Christmas magical and memorable

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The rising popularity for divorced couples to celebrate Christmas with their current partner, their children and their ex appears to be the perfect panacea at an emotionally charged time.

The ‘win-win’ scenario ensures children savour the special festivities in a spirit of friendly cooperation. It also reduces upheaval and promotes stability – dispensing with the need for them to travel between parents.

Being realistic however, no two couples and no two divorces are the same – and there are no easy, one-size-fits-all options. Whatever your situation, critical success factors to ensure to ensure the festive season is magical and memorable for children is for parents to plan, compromise and communicate with each other. Continue reading

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Steps to make your children’s first Christmas post-divorce special

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The festive countdown will leave many separated spouses and their children feeling apprehensive, distressed and nervous – particularly for estranged couples who are embarking on their first Christmas post-divorce.

For the newly single, these sentiments are understandably exacerbated at what is already an emotional time of year – and if they no longer live with their children. Continue reading

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How – and why – arbitration lowers the cost of divorce

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A poll has revealed that 66% (two thirds) of divorcees would have chosen arbitration instead of going to court – had they known it was an option.

The research was included in an article that claimed divorcing couples in the UK now spend an average £70,000 sorting out the division of their finances and assets, while the average wait time to finalise matters is eleven months.

Arbitration is a far better route than the trauma of court battles, being generally quicker and less expensive as it is not subject to the same delays as the court process. It is also less daunting as the couples control the process, choosing their arbitrator together.

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MPs acknowledge changes in family law are overdue in Commons Lobby Day campaign

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Our founder, Peter Jones, has called on Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn and Leeds East MP Richard Burgon – the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor – to introduce far-reaching changes to family law.

The call to action was the focus of a Lobby Day campaign, organised by Resolution – a national family law group which promotes non-confrontational solutions in family law of which Peter is a former chair. It took place at the House of Commons and was part of Good Divorce Week. Continue reading

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Our role in nationwide campaign to change family law features on BBC radio

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Jones Myers founder, Peter Jones, has highlighted the significance of a far-reaching campaign calling for no fault divorce law and improved rights for cohabiting couples to thousands of listeners on BBC Radio Leeds.

Appearing on ‘Legal Monday’ with popular presenter Richard Stead, Peter outlined the aims of Lobby Day in which he is playing a key role to urge local MPs to change current legislation.

Taking place at the House of Commons on November 30, Lobby Day is part of Good Divorce Week, which promotes a constructive approach to divorce and runs from November 28 to December 2. Continue reading

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Jones Myers founder takes leading role in nationwide campaign to change family law

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Peter Jones – one of the UK’s first qualified arbitrators and a former Deputy District Judge – is playing a key role in a nationwide Lobby Day campaign at the House of Commons on November 30.

Peter is lobbying local MPs in a high-profile awareness drive spearheaded by Resolution, which champions non-confrontational solutions in family law, to campaign for no fault divorce and to improve rights for cohabiting couples.

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Five factors to accelerate your chances of a speedy divorce

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By Norman Taylor, family law specialist

The adage that you should not believe everything you read in the media is nowhere more applicable than in the case of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who was said to have been granted the UK’s fastest ever ‘quickie divorce’ in just 14 seconds.

The court hearing to grant the Decree Nisi – a provisional decree – was the result of months of negotiation. It is also likely that the court had the financial consent order ready to be approved and sealed. This would have been read beforehand by the judge who made the public pronouncement in a matter of seconds.

With increased court pressures and a minimum six week wait before a petitioner can apply for the Decree Absolute that finally ends the marriage, the so-called ‘quickie divorce’ is a myth. Continue reading

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Jones Myers consolidates Tier 1 ranking in Chambers 2017 Guide

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We are delighted to have retained our Tier 1 ranking in the Chambers 2017 Guide for Leeds, Bradford and surrounding areas – and have more leading experts in family law listed than any other firm of our kind in Yorkshire.

A year after hailing Jones Myers as ‘A genuinely brilliant firm’ in its 2016 UK Guide, Chambers 2017 describes our practice as ‘particularly famed for its ability to handle complicated children cases’ and one which is ‘Also well versed in wills, probates and trusts.’

Five of our solicitors retain their listings as Leading Individuals – our head of the contentious wills, trust & estates team, Martin Holdsworth, director Richard Peaker, founder Peter Jones, head of the children department Kate Banerjee and collaborative law guru, Norman Taylor.

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