Pensions and DIY Divorce

Uncategorized Jan 01, 2020

Many couples go through the DIY divorce route to save costs and also to keep the lawyers out. This is a sensible option for some. Simplified forms and the courts new online divorce portal makes it even easier to start proceedings yourself.

If there are assets involved you should draw up a formal financial agreement, called a consent order or clean break order. These documents can be quite complex and confusing and you may need advice or guidance from someone with legal training. Often, couples are not aware of the implications of the agreement that they have reached.

This is particularly the case with the complex area around dealing with pensions on divorce. There has been a 45% increase in the number of couples opting for a pension attachment order between 2015 and 2017 despite some of the drawbacks of this type of pension order.

On divorce, couples need to consider how they will be looking at this very unusual assets which is a pension. Whilst it is not liquid and in many cases,...

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Whose Fault is it Anyway?

Uncategorized Jul 01, 2019

To get divorced in England and Wales you need to show to the court that your marriage has broken down. That doesn't actually mean that you need to invite the judge round to witness the mud slinging.

Unless you have been separated for over two years, you only have the option of adultery or unreasonable behaviour to prove the breakdown, both of which expect the person starting the divorce to say the other is at fault.

Sometimes, a couple have just drifted apart and there is no real blame to be apportioned. For other couples, blaming one person can lead to more conflict and animosity.

Picture this scenario. Mr and Mrs Owens separated in 2015. She started divorce proceedings against Mr Owen on the grounds of his behaviour. They hadn't yet been separated for two years and so that was the only ground available to her.

Surprisingly, the court decided that the behaviour was not unreasonable enough even through Mrs Owen clearly believed that Mr Owen's behaviour made her feel that she could...

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My Story

Uncategorized Jun 25, 2019

Recently, I was talking to a friend about stories and why they have such an impact. Whatever their age or background people love to hear stories. It is human nature to reach out and connect with others in a way that invokes shared feelings and experiences. This is communication at its best. Personal stories can lead the audience to react in different ways but also learn a bit more about the storyteller.

 This led me to think about my own story which I have shared with various people along the way. It helped them to get some insight in who I am, why I do what I do and perhaps connect with me in some way.

Maybe we all have a story to tell - here is mine.

I decided that I wanted to be a high flying corporate lawyer at a young age after watching so many episodes of LA Law. I made up my mind and did everything I could to qualify as a solicitor. Throughout law school, corporate law did not align with me as a person so I opted to specialise in family law. I felt I could bring...

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