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An End to the Blame Game in Divorce

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‘No blame’ divorce is now to become law making it easier for couples to split. The Justice Secretary has announced changes to the 50-year-old divorce laws meaning divorcing couples no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their...

Pensions, Divorce and Death

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It’s a complicated state of affairs when an ex partner dies and pensions are brought into the equation – who benefits from the pension - the ex wife or the new wife? If the deceased has made a new Will after his second marriage and left...

No Fault Divorce to become the Law

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No fault divorce for separating couples are going to be introduced into the law. In the next session in parliament the justice secretary David Gauke has confirmed he will bring in the legislation enacting the reform. This will mean that couples...

Drafting prenuptial agreements before the Wedding Day

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Consideration of financial or prenuptial agreements before setting out on a life together can be essential if you are marrying into wealth. As we see in the news recently the founder of Amazon Jeff Bezos announces his pending divorce to wife MacKenzie of...

Filing online - Divorce, the easy way?

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FILING PAPERS ONLINE - DIVORCE, THE EASY WAY? Whilst the rest of us were tucking into Christmas Dinner 13 people were filing for a divorce to online service of HM Courts and Tribunals. The official figures show that this rose to...

Raising awareness of the common-law marriage myth

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Saturday 18 August has been reported as the most common day in 2018 to tie the knot in the UK. However, since the early 1970s, the number of people actually getting married has steadily decreased, dropping a further 3.4% last year. There...

Supreme Court rules Woman 'must stay married' whilst family law experts warn of 'divorce crisis'

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Yesterday the Supreme Court unanimously rejected Tini Owens appeal to grant her a divorce from her husband Hugh. The couple married in 1978 have two adult children, but as he is refusing to split up, they must remain married until 2020. Lord...

'No Fault' Divorce

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Should you be able to divorce without blaming your spouse in divorce proceedings? Resolution, the family justice body, are currently campaigning for the law surrounding divorce in England and Wales to be changed into ‘no...

Cohabiting? Do You Know Your Legal Rights?

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27 November - 1 December 2017 is national Cohabitation Awareness Week and Pearson Solicitors are highlighting the need for unmarried couples to seek legal advice to safeguard themselves should their relationships break down. According to the ONS (Office for...

Divorce Laws - Are They Corrosive?

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Senior Judges and other legal dignitaries are backing a campaign for an end to the archaic and damaging Divorce Laws in the UK, claiming they are harsh, unjust and don't put the welfare of children or relationships first. The Times have launched a...

Survey reveals economic climate responsible for delaying divorce

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The 10th annual matrimonial survey of UK family lawyers by Grant Thornton has shown that the economy and legal aid changes are having an effect on divorce work. Almost a half (49%) of the 85 'leading' family lawyers...