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Divorce – Do We Face Changing Times Ahead?

Currently the Court system in England and Wales does not recognise a non-fault based divorce system unless parties have been separated for a period of 2 years or more.  As it currently stands, a Petitioner must demonstrate to the Court that the marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down due to either the Respondent’s…

Employers must gear up for April living wage deadline

The National Living Wage has been catching headlines since Chancellor George Osborne announced it last summer, but the Government’s target of £9 per hour by 2020 has overshadowed the detail, and many businesses remain unaware of the transitional deadlines and new penalties now in place.  The compulsory National Living Wage (NLW) arrives on 1 April…

The harsh reality of not getting on well with your ex

John Stebbing, partner of Stephen Rimmer LLP, conducted an interview with the Alternative Divorce Directory, on the difficulties of divorce when there is no cordial relationship between both parties in divorce. Particular reference was made to the children involved in the proceedings, and the desire for both parents to retain contact with their children.

Divorce down as pre-nups rise

The first working day in January is commonly known as Divorce Day, when family lawyers receive more enquiries than at any other time of the year, but they are more likely to be faced with ‘silver splitters’ than young couples these days. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that despite the…

When to unravel the web of deceit in divorce

Unhappy ex-spouses hoping to get their divorce settlements reviewed following a landmark judgment last month are being urged to check their facts first.   It was predicted that the Supreme Court rulings in the cases of Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil could open the floodgates to thousands of couples wanting to revisit agreements made under a…

Property prices help fuel family inheritance court battles

Rising property prices are helping to fuel increased numbers of inheritance disputes reaching the courts, with second marriages another major contributory factor.  Such challenges are no longer the preserve of the wealthy, although they continue to feature highly.  Recent cases hitting the headlines have included the family fall-out following the death of the billionaire owner…