Kit O'Brien, Author at Royds Withy King Solicitors

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16 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Five ways to make divorce easier on your children

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We know that children of divorced parents can be adversely affected by their parents’ behaviour during the divorce and separation process, and that it could affect their own ability to form positive adult relationships. However, US researchers have recently suggested that children of a “messy” divorce are also three times more likely to endure a lifetime of colds as adults!

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15 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, News, Events & Opinion, Opinion

Has the ‘equal split principle’ on divorce changed?

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Equally splitting a watermelon

This week a city trader won her appeal to cut her divorce payment to her ex after a short marriage. We look at how this may affect future divorce settlements and decisions about asset splitting.

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11 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Family, For life, Life

You say potato – solving some of the confusion about terms used in family law

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We understand that legal issues around relationships can be worrying and confusing. There’s also a great deal of terminology that is commonly used but actually completely wrong or outdated. If you’re trying to search online for help that can make it even more difficult for you to find what you need. This blog sets out some of the things that people say, and what the really mean!

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20 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Is divorce a financial clean break?

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So you’ve made the difficult decision to get divorced. As far as you’re concerned, there are no joint assets to divide and you’re clear that once the divorce is over you can each go on your way and start afresh. Does your ‘decree absolute’ mean that your financial affairs with your ex are resolved forever?

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13 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Life, News, Events & Opinion, Opinion

What personal assets are included in divorce?

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A recent report found that judges are increasingly unlikely to look at dividing personal possessions in divorce settlements. This means that valuable items like designer watches, jewellery or handbags may be kept by the owner.

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6 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Life, Opinion

Your debts and divorce

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If you’re resolving financial issues on divorce or separation, there’s often a real issue about who’s going to take responsibility for debts that still need to be paid.

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Divorce and social media

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Social media is now, for many of us, part our everyday lives affecting us in many ways, including our relationships. It has the power to bring couples together but on the opposite end of the spectrum it has also led to the breakdown of many relationships and is used by some as a voice box during divorce proceedings.

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10 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

When divorce becomes a business affair

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When divorce becomes a business affair

The Family team at Royds Withy King share tips for business owners looking to protect their interests, at a time of year notorious for marriage breakdowns.

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9 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Life, Opinion

Top five tips for a smoother divorce

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After another tense and difficult Christmas, you’ve come to the realisation that your marriage is no longer working. The New Year is a time for new beginnings and you’ve decided that this is the year when things are going to change for the better.

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6 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Life, Opinion

Divorce Day – myth or reality?

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The media tell us that the first working Monday in January marks a stampede of unhappy couples to meet with divorce lawyers. Dubbed ‘Divorce Day’ they apparently get more business, as life returns to normal after Christmas, than they do at any other time of year. Is the media reporting a trend or has it created it?

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5 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in Family, Life, Opinion

Who gets what? Non-matrimonial assets in divorce

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As a family lawyer specialising in financial resolution issues I’m frequently asked by clients what assets fall into the “pot” to be resolved as part of their divorce. This is a regular area of dispute particularly in long marriages. What if one party owned a property before they first got together? What about the inheritance from Aunty Maud?

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3 January 2017 0 Comments Posted in News

Family lawyer brings over two decades of experience to Royds Withy King

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A family lawyer with over 25 years’ experience has joined the Swindon office of Royds Withy King as a senior associate.

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