Reform to UK Divorce Law

As an experienced family lawyer, I have dealt with many divorce cases over the years and being at the “coalface” I have seen first hand that our current divorce laws can make an already painful time even more difficult.

Under the current law in England and Wales, couples seeking a divorce must either be separated for 2 or 5 years or allocate blame for the breakdown of the marriage on the basis of their spouse’s desertion, adultery or unreasonable behaviour.

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An end to the blame game in divorce?

Amongst lawyers and in the wider public, the well publicised case of Mrs Tini Owens in Owens v Owens shone a light on the difficulties caused by our fault based divorce system.

Under the current law, divorce proceedings can be based on adultery, desertion, unreasonable behaviour, 2 year separation with your spouse’s consent or 5 years separation.

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A Guide to Understanding Prenuptial Agreements (Prenups)

As the nature of marriages become more complex (sometimes involving children from past relationships or assets from a deceased ex-partner), couples are finding practical ways of addressing potential financial complications with the implementation of Prenuptial Agreements.

Commonly referred to as “prenups,” these contracts allow parties to decide how assets will be divided if there is a divorce.

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A Guide to Resolving Boundary Disputes with Your Neighbour

Establishing specific parameters which legally constitute one’s property is not always straightforward.

Conflicts may stem from possible mapping errors/misinterpretations of title plans. Or issues may arise due to the unclear delineation of precise property boundaries. However these disputes occur, settling on the rightful legal claim to land may challenge the relationship of neighbours.

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Don’t lose out on Pensions on Divorce

According to new research by Scottish Widows, 7 in 10 couples fail to consider pensions during divorce proceedings and this leaves women short changed by £5 billion every year, losing out on benefits after the end of their marriage.

Also, of concern is the research’s findings that almost half of women (48%) have no idea what happens to a pension when a couple gets divorced.

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Cohabitation Awareness Week and the Myth of the “Common Law Marriage”

According to the Office for National Statistics latest release on 8 November 2017, there are 3.3 million unmarried couples living together in the UK and this is the fastest growing type of family in the UK.

This week, Resolution – a group of some 6,500 family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes and which campaigns for a fairer justice system is shining a light on lack of protection afforded to millions of unmarried couples with Cohabitation Awareness Week.

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A Guide to Assured Shorthold Tenancies (and Section 8 & 21) – Infographic

Our infographic aims to simplify and define the processes involved in using Sections 8 & 21. It also explains Assured Shorthold Tenancies, what it entails, how your rights as a landlord are affected and the processes involved in obtaining a possession order:

AST and Section 8 & 21 MHHP Law

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