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Divorce – what about the children?

I had a meeting with a new client this week which brought the bitter reality of a couples’ separation and the impact it has on their children, sharply into focus.During that first meeting, the recently separated wife held her emotions in check, giving me succinct, detailed information about her marriage and the family finances right…

Divorce rate rises for over 60s

Earlier this month the Office of National Statistics revealed that for over-60s in England & Wales, divorce is on the up. While part of the explanation for this rising trend is no doubt down to our ageing population, it doesn’t paint the full picture. Earlier this year I wrote about how elderly couples who struggle…

Financial aspects of divorce

Reports in the press suggest that Nigella Lawson and her husband are having their decree nisi pronounced in the high court today. The parties are apparently not making any financial claims against each other but will no doubt have been given a word or two of warning to make sure that they have a court…

A guide to Jewish marriage and divorce

To start at the beginning, a Jewish person is encouraged to meet and marry another Jew. In ultra-orthodox communities this is arranged. Forced marriages are prohibited so in ultra-orthodox communities the marriage is either arranged through a family friend or relative or by a professional match maker called a shadhan. Once the prospective bride and groom…

Debt problems fuelling divorce among older couples?

A recent report from Age-UK and the International Longevity Centre suggests that elderly couples who struggle with debt are twice as likely to experience a marriage breakdown as couples who are financially secure. That financial difficulties can lead to divorce is of course, no surprise. In 2010 the Office for National Statistics released figures which…

Ashton’s biggest mistake – Failing to sign a pre – nup.

When Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher tied the knot in 2005, Demi Moore was worth significantly more than her husband-to-be. She had a string of hit films under her belt as well as a high-profile divorce in 2000 from fellow Actor Bruce Willis, from which she reportedly received a settlement of $90 million. Demi’s first…

Research suggests same-sex adoptive families are thriving!

Same-sex couples have had the right to adopt since 2005, and, overall, there are around 4,000 children that look for adoptive families every year. However, only a small proportion of these children are placed with same-sex couples – as little as 120 children per year. Recent research by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering…

The public will suffer

2013 marks the biggest change in legal aid in this country since legal aid was introduced many decades ago. The legal aid scheme in this country is being massively scaled down.  Legal aid is, in the main, being withdrawn from family cases, housing, debt, benefits advice and other areas. It is estimated that up to…

Breaking up can be expensive – separated couples are being warned of ‘financial association’

According to a recent Daily Telegraph article, analysts Experian CreditExpert estimated that up to 6.8million Britons have suffered money troubles because of a relationship. 47 per cent of the 3,000 people surveyed, had been affected by an ex-partner’s problems and 33 per cent were still feeling the repercussions up to three years after their separation.…

Contact – ‘shared parenting’

The recent change in the law regarding contact means children will now have a legal right to see both parents after divorce.  The Government has envisaged this with a view to children maintaining a relationship with both parents in the long term.  The logic behind the change is that the current law does not really…

Sperm Donor wins fight for contact with his child

The High Court has ordered that known sperm donors can apply for residence and contact with a child born as a result of their donation, despite having no legal relationship with them under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. This unique case concerned two lesbian couples who were friends with a gay male couple…

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