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Child Maintenance……even more complicated?

Dealing with child maintenance following a divorce or separation can increase anxieties and is often the source of dispute between couples. If you are separating from your partner then it’s important to know what the law requires. Child maintenance is undoubtedly very complicated.  You wouldn’t think it would be so difficult would you?  Surely there… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Survive 10 years and divorce is less likely according to recent report

A recent report carried about by The Marriage Foundation has contradicted the common assumption that the divorce rate for all couples has increased significantly since the 1960’s. In fact according to the report the divorce rate for couples after having been married for ten years or more has not changed at all since the 1960’s…. Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Pension entitlements commonly undervalued, says report

The Telegraph has recently reported a survey carried out by Divorce Lifeline which claims that as many as half of the 1.5m divorce settlements in the UK since December 2000 have included pension entitlements which may have been undervalued. Pensions are often a very important asset in divorce and dissolution proceedings. Next to the family… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Commonly Asked Questions regarding divorce

Does it matter who divorces who? Generally no.  Whilst there are a few disadvantages of being the one who is divorced it very rarely affects yours rights regarding your children or finances.  Only in a few exceptional cases does your ‘conduct’ become relevant to decisions regarding your children or your finances.  The advantage of being… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Commonly Asked Questions regarding children following separation and/or divorce

Can I take my children abroad on holiday without the other parent’s consent? No.  A person with Parental Responsibilitycan only remove a child from the UK if they have the consent of every person with parental responsibility or the permission of the court.  This applies no matter how short the trip may be.  If they… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

New Gay Marriage Bill – a satisfactory outcome?

At last we have a decision about gay marriage.  This debate has been ongoing for sometime and the family department at Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP have been waiting with bated breath. The headline is that the Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned in law from offering same-sex marriages but that other… Read the rest of this post (1 Comment)

Yet another new scheme affecting Child Maintenance……

On 10 December 2012, the government introduced a new scheme for arranging child maintenance when parents separate and are unable to come to an agreement between themselves.  The new scheme will be run by a new organisation called the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). From what we can see there will be significant differences between this… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Pension treatment on divorce

Pensions are often a very important asset in divorce and dissolution proceedings. Next to the family home the pension provision of one or both spouses may be the largest capital asset of the marriage. Pensions can be complex and confusing at the best of times and the details need to be addressed carefully by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Season of goodwill?

Christmas can be stressful at the best of times but more so for many separated parents and their children.  Negotiations over where and with whom the children will spend Christmas can create great tensions between families. Agreeing arrangements often become problematic and in some cases impossible.  Arrangements that have previously worked well throughout the year… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Let’s work together……

Divorce and separation are difficult for anybody and the emotional devastation that comes with the failure of a relationship often has a very real impact on how people deal with the legal formalities such as divorce and dividing up the money. Everyone has heard horror stories about divorce and separation.  We all know someone who… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)