Cooperation versus confrontation: why couples should opt for collaborative lawyers

We always advise that separating couples find lawyers with similar mind-sets if they want to avoid a bitter ‘War of the Roses’ style divorce. Choosing a collaborative solicitor – a lawyer who is trained to help reach divorce settlements without … Continue reading

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Royal lesson in staying friends with your ex after a divorce

Prince Andrew has revealed that he remained friends with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson for the sake of their family – and to do otherwise would be “illogical”. The Duke and Duchess of York, who divorced in 1996 after 10 years … Continue reading

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Childcare, shopping and holidays ramp up divorce costs

According to research commissioned by insurers Aviva, the average couple who get divorced are hit by a total bill of around £44,000, a cost which has increased nearly two-thirds in just eight years. Such a large figure makes for good … Continue reading

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Caught in the parent trap: can divorce ever be the best outcome for children?

By Norman Taylor, collaborative family lawyer Almost 400,000 children in England and Wales under the age of 16 live at two homes following the separation or divorce of their parents. Perhaps, therefore, it is understandable that David Cameron unveiled proposals … Continue reading

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Compulsory counselling on the cards for divorcing couples in Ireland

As we continue to assess the impact of far reaching changes to the English and Welsh family justice system, we read with interest that the Irish government is now planning a radical overhaul of its divorce laws. With marriage breakups … Continue reading

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In business with your soon-to-be-ex? How to protect your biggest asset

By Norman Taylor, Collaborative Family Lawyer Should boardroom squabbles ever make their way into the bedroom? Not if the recent spate of high profile co-business divorce cases is anything to go by. The well documented cases of oil trader Michael … Continue reading

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Can’t pay or won’t pay? – what to do when your ex stops maintenance

By Peter Jones, Founder and Partner Former oil trader Michael Prest has hit the headlines after being given a four week suspended jail sentence for failing to pay his ex-wife maintenance worth £360,000. The High Court ruled that the 53-year-old, … Continue reading

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