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5 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Homemaker contributions – what can we learn from Britain’s biggest divorce award?

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Despite a general reduction in maintenance awards in recent years, the law of England & Wales remains favourable to ‘stay-at-home mums’. When it comes to the division of matrimonial assets, the contributions of the financially weaker spouse are still seen as equal to those of the main breadwinner.

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10 November 2016 0 Comments Posted in Family

Cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type

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Recent statistics have been published confirming that cohabiting couple families have been the fastest growing family type over the last 20 years. There are now 3.3 million cohabiting families in the UK – states the Office of National Statistics – twice as many as there were 20 years ago. More and more couples are choosing to interlink their finances and bring up children together without marrying.

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14 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in Family

Spousal maintenance on divorce – how it’s decided

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A couple of years ago, Mostyn J stated that an attempt to create a formula to calculate spousal maintenance “may prove to be an impossible task, given the scale and scope of the individual variables.”

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27 April 2016 0 Comments Posted in Family

Why are silver-nups so important when remarrying?

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Many people are choosing to remarry later in life. And why shouldn’t they, when we are living longer and with a better quality of life in our later years?

It is however important to stop and think about the financial consequences of walking down the aisle once again, especially when there are children from a previous marriage whose inheritance you want to protect.

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15 March 2016 0 Comments Posted in Family

When financial settlements go wrong

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There’s a lot to be said about agreeing a financial settlement on divorce, as well as avoiding lengthy and expensive Court proceedings. Just look at the recent case of Mr David Mann. A former millionaire who made his fortune in the mining industry, Mann was left homeless and with £5 in his bank account after a 17-year legal battle with his former wife.

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18 January 2016 0 Comments Posted in Family

Is it divorce season?

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January is typically the coldest month of the year, and it seems many couples’ frosty relationships come to a head this month as we see a peak in divorce enquiries.

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