Undergoing divorce? – How to emerge with a smile

If you’re going through a painful parting, the concept of a happy and successful divorce may appear beyond the realms of possibility when you feel that your world is collapsing around you. While the importance of being able to call … Continue reading

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Senior judge’s plea adds weight to ‘no-fault’ divorce campaign

  The call by the UK’s top family law judge for new legislation to allow ‘no-fault’ divorces reinforces the pressing need for their introduction. Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division and Britain’s fourth most senior judge, has … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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How to approach the thorny issue of pensions when divorcing

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 … Continue reading

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Why pre-nups enable openness and transparency to blossom

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 … Continue reading

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

‘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 … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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Energy trader’s divorce reignites debate over fair settlements

  The case of a successful energy trader – who is appealing against a High Court decision to award almost half of her £7 million fortune to her adulterous ex-husband – is sparking concerns among divorcing couples. The outcome of … Continue reading

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Rover’s Return landlords head for break up: how to safeguard a family business

One of Coronation Street’s explosive upcoming storylines is rumoured to have Rover’s Return landlords, Steve McDonald and Michelle Connor  heading for divorce following tragic domestic upheavals and his infidelity. Media speculation on the split in the iconic series includes the … Continue reading

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How – and why – arbitration lowers the cost of divorce

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 … Continue reading

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