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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For the children: how to sustain the focus on family post-divorce

  Angela Jolie’s announcement that she and her ex, Brad Pitt, are committed to putting the family first post-divorce resonates deeply with Jones Myers’ ethos of always focusing on children’s best interests. Praising her former husband as a ‘wonderful father’, … Continue reading

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Will pension reforms ease the burden for silver separators?

As new laws allow the over 55s to take cash from their pension pots, research reveals that divorced people retiring this year will be financially worse off than their married peers.

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No ‘meal ticket’ – making a fair deal palatable in spousal maintenance

A landmark judgement in which a judge told an ex-wife to ‘get a job’ is fuelling debate about whether a radical review of maintenance payments to former spouses is long overdue.

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Why failing to make a will spells doom for cohabiting couples

More than one million cohabiting couples will inherit nothing if their partner dies without a will and has dependent children. This stark warning from The Law Society serves as timely reminder of the vulnerability of the 5.9 million couples who … Continue reading

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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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Why off the shelf divorces could be past their sell by dates

The departure of Christina Blacklaws, director of the Co-ops Legal Services, once again highlights the issue – will people really go to the supermarket to buy a divorce? Ms Blacklaws’ appointment came about after the troubled organisation set up a … Continue reading

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Will divorce the Scottish way herald the way forward for England and Wales?

By Fiona Kendall, partner and a specialist in pre-nuptial agreements and dual qualified in English and Scots law The findings of a four year Law Commission review of how English couples’ finances should be sorted out – will be unveiled … Continue reading

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Why £25 online pre-nups could cost couples dearly

Blog by Peter Jones First we had DIY online divorces, now I read this week that couples are being offered online DIY pre-nuptial arrangements for just £25! As readers of this blog will know, at Jones Myers we actively encourage … Continue reading

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Why D Day for divorce is just plain daft

According to the media, family lawyers herald the start of a New Year with an annual onslaught of post-festive divorce enquiries on ‘D Day’ as couples decide to pack up their marriage along with the Christmas decorations.

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