Posted by Simon Bassett, Partner
While going through a divorce is rarely (if ever) going to be a pleasant experience, it is further exasperated by the need to allocate blame. More often than not when a relationship breaks down and divorce is being contemplated, spouses will seek to point the blame at each other. In many ways the current law in England encourages this approach, as under the current law the applying spouse needs to rely on one of five grounds for a divorce.
Law firm Royds Withy King is acting on three separate high value divorce cases where spouses are seeking the disclosure and a potential share of cryptocurrency assets. These are a first wave of cases that the firm is expecting. The …
Frequently as family lawyers we are asked to provide legal advice about what should happen to a couple’s pets in divorce. A recent survey suggests that 20% of separating couples sought advice about their legal rights regarding their pets.
“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?”
“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?”
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?”
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.
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!
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.
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.