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If you divorce, will you be able to protect what you have worked hard to achieve?

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“My partner and I have decided to part ways after a 20 year marriage. We’ve both contributed to our joint assets but I’m worried that my business, which I set up before our marriage, could be sold in the proceedings. What can I do?”

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Thinking of a fresh start? – How will divorce shape your financial future?

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“During our marriage, I’ve worked part-time while looking after our children so my pension savings are much smaller than my partners. I’ve heard that women are entitled to a share of their husband’s pension on divorce. Is this true?” 

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Post-Nup -“What if?”

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Just like the better known pre-nuptial agreement, a post-nuptial agreement sets out how a couple’s assets are to be distributed in the event of separation. The key difference is that this new agreement can be reached at any time after the couple have married or formed a civil partnership. As with pre-nuptial agreements, whether entering into such an arrangement will cause unnecessary emotional conflict is the age old question of “what if?”

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Can I take my child on holiday without permission? Guidance for separated parents at holiday time.

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The summer holidays are here again. But these happy times are often the cause of animosity and conflict between separated or divorced parents; especially if holidays abroad are on the cards. We look at some key points associated with taking your children out of the country.

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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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Has the ‘equal split principle’ on divorce changed?

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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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Will Brexit affect divorce settlements?

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Has triggering Article 50 opened a proverbial Pandora’s Box for divorce settlements? Paul Mansfield certainly thinks so and is subsequently challenging a £12.2 million divorce award to his ex-wife. He claims the that pre-EU referendum judgement took no account of the likely damage to his business caused by Brexit.

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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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Forest Green Rovers’ Dale Vince’s fortunes change for the better

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Dale Vince, owner of Forest Green Rovers, hits the press again but this time for more celebratory reasons than the headlines in 2015 when we heard that the Supreme Court said he had to hand over £300,000 to his ex-wife of 25 years.

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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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Legal Aid: How ‘exceptional’ really is Exceptional Funding in family law?

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Following the removal of legal aid from most family law cases in 2012, and in light of the recent tragic judgment of the Charlie Gard Ruling, we look how the judiciary are commenting on this issue and how a family or individual would to qualify for legal aid.

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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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