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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Divorce and Financial Remedies – What Amounts to Bad Conduct?

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One of the questions I am frequently asked by clients I act for in divorce and financial remedy cases is what type of behaviour amounts to bad conduct. When trying to resolve issues around the financial aspects following a marital breakdown, the first step is for both parties to provide full disclosure of their finances by exchanging a lengthy document called a Form E.

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Divorce – When Unreasonable Behavior Is Not Unreasonable Enough

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Obtaining a divorce is England and Wales is relatively procedural. If you can establish one of five facts, you can lodge a divorce petition with the court. These facts are:

- Adultery

- Unreasonable behavior

- 2 years separation with your spouse’s consent

- Five years separation

- Desertion

Unreasonable behavior is frequently relied on as it is one of two facts (the other being adultery) that entitle grounds for divorce proceedings; once you have reached the conclusion the marriage has broken down – be that through a resolution with time apart or a mutual agreement.

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What To Think About When Drawing Up A Custody Arrangement

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In the second of our ‘What To Think About…’ series, our family law specialist, Jonathan Gilbert , advises you on what needs to be taken into consideration when drawing up what is commonly referred to as a custody agreement.

I’m going to start this guide by stating three things;

1) If you find yourself in a custody battle, you’ll hear the term ‘child arrangements order’ a lot – a child arrangements order sets out who a child should live with and who he or she should spend time with.

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The Changing Dynamics of a British Family

At one time, the nuclear family was considered the norm – two parents, usually married, and their 2.4 children living happily together. Nowadays, however, the nuclear family is quite the rarity. Changes in family dynamics over the last 40 years or so have seen an increase in single parents, extended families, and same-sex couples.

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