Why it’s vital to protect children from the heat of divorce

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By Peter Jones, founder

There is no shortage of studies on the effects of divorce, which is hardly surprising since family break ups affect so many people in so many ways.

However some ‘research’ published flies in the face of all previous commentaries – not to mention to our breadth and depth of experience in family law.

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Why collaborative law can prevent couples getting in a lather over litigation costs

 

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A recent news report reinforces the folly of spending large sums of money on heated court battles in favour of a non-confrontational, less stressful and more cost-effective solution.

A High Court judge has lambasted an estranged couple who supply luxury bathrobes and towels to top hotels for racking up a “crazy” £1.5m legal bill in wrangling over their £10m assets. Having spent 15% of their wealth on the bitter battle, Mr Justice Holman has urged them to negotiate.

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How to approach the thorny issue of pensions when divorcing

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Along with dwindling annuity rates and the demise of defined pension schemes, it is a fact of life that divorcees’ retirement incomes are inevitably lower than those of non-divorcees.

A further downside is that from April 6, 2016, thousands of people who divorce, remarry or form a new civil partnership can no longer use ex-spouses’ National Insurance contributions to help increase their basic state pension. Continue reading

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Why pre-nups enable openness and transparency to blossom

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The increasing popularity of pre-nup agreements reflects how couples view their open and transparent nature as a positive factor when planning their wedding.

Far from castigating the agreements as clinical and unromantic, more couples are showing that while seeking to protect inherited or family money, they also want to do ‘the right thing’ by each other – and by any children.

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Collaboration and compromise versus confrontation and commerciality

By Peter Jones, founder

A divorce law firm exclusively for male clients – which unashamedly champions ‘aggressive representation’ and alludes to finances in divorce as a ‘treacherous affair’ – has attempted to catapult the modern day collaborative and problem-solving approach back into the dark ages.

Harnessing inflammatory language such as ‘battle,’ the practice also promotes ‘child custody’ (an antiquated term which has been replaced by child arrangement orders), among its services.

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‘Bird’s nest custody’ can be a soaring success – but beware of the pitfalls

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‘Bird’s nest custody’ – a process where children live in one home, while their parents move in and out to an agreed schedule to look after them – is an increasingly popular arrangement for divorced and separated couples.

The process is highlighted in the hit TV series ‘Billions’, where US Attorney, Chuck Rhoades and his estranged wife, Wendy, a high-powered performance coach, harness it to maintain stability for their son and daughter while they try to work out their differences. Continue reading

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How divorced parents can ensure this Easter is memorable for the right reasons

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The story of the exes who reunite every year for a family snapshot with their young son is a salutary reminder that parents divorce each other – not their children.

Their cooperative approach also reinforces the importance of collaboration and mediation which centre on putting the interests of children first and trying to resolve matters without going to court. Continue reading

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Child maintenance fiasco – why a name change fails to resolve underlying problem

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By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers

The fact that the UK has a backlog of almost £3 billion in uncollected child maintenance payments has been compounded by the news that only a fraction of these arrears will reach those who most need them.

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We’ve further expanded our children’s department

Jones Myers further expands its children's department

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve further expanded the expertise of our children’s department.

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How separated mums can avoid Mother’s Day blues

For recently divorced or separated mums Mother’s Day might be an upsetting and poignant reminder that family life has undergone substantial upheaval and change.

Whenever and wherever it is celebrated across the globe, the day is important to highlight the importance of those who nurture children. This is something we champion at Jones Myers LLP, where we advocate that children’s best interests always come first.

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