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Family Law

Changing your will after a divorce

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In England and Wales, if you made a will while you were married and then you get divorced, your divorce can alter the terms of your will. Although your will remains valid after divorce, your ex-spouse will no longer be able to benefit from it, unless you have expressly stated otherwise. They will also no…

Alternatives to Court Proceedings

Jill Roberts - Colour

The current COVID-19 pandemic has led to a great number of changes for almost everyone, affecting all aspects of our daily lives.  The Courts are no exception to this and have had to adapt to the current guidelines produced by the Government.  This has inevitably had an impact regarding Court Hearings going ahead, both in…

Will Brexit affect my divorce?

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The laws surrounding divorce is governed by national legislation, as it has always been, even before the U.K left the European Union (EU).  It is anticipated that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which will reform divorce laws in England and Wales will be implemented in Autumn 2021.  This will alter the way in…

Where are we now on ‘no-fault’ divorce?

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Family Law The campaign for ‘no-fault’ divorce was a lengthy one in which family justice professionals pioneered for change in draconian laws surrounding divorce. Below we explore some of the most frequently asked questions: I am getting divorced now. What is the law as it stands? The law as it stands means that unless a…

Protecting your business assets on divorce

Jill Roberts - Colour

Are business assets considered in divorce? Yes.  Many people think that if a spouse has not been involved in a business that it will not be considered as a matrimonial asset on divorce.  This is not correct.  The business will have a value, both as to capital and the income derived from it, which will…

Getting divorced? Divorce myths busted!

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Any divorce is emotionally draining, and everyone knows someone who has been divorced. Unfortunately it turns into a game of Chinese whispers and through the line of communication ‘advice’ gets inaccurate. As a family lawyer initially meetings usually consist of correcting all the divorce myths clients have heard. My partner committed adultery – I should…

COVID-19 and its impact on dealing with finances within divorce proceedings

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People facing divorce proceedings may be concerned about how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect dealing with financial settlements, in particular those involving business assets. Below we explore some of the most frequently asked questions: I am getting divorced. Will COVID-19 affect how my finances are dealt with by the courts? There has been no change…

How to protect your business if you face divorce

Shane - Colour

When people get married, they always hope to live ‘happily ever after,’ but many marriages sadly end in divorce. Although divorces are always difficult for everyone involved, they can become that much more difficult when one or both spouses own a business. Your business is probably very important to you and you no doubt will…

What happens to my pension on Divorce? Family Law

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When going through a separation or divorce, you may not be sure what happens to yours and your partners’ pension. Below we explore some of the most frequently asked questions about this: My partners’ pension is the same amount as the equity in our house, should I just accept the house? This is one of…

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