Author Archives: Alison Winterbottom

Seek advice from a Family lawyer

It’s tempting to try and cut costs by seeking help from a cheaper, lay adviser, for example ‘MacKenzie Friends’, however, they are untrained, the law is complex and if things go wrong you would have no right of redress against them like you would against a Solicitor regulated by The Law Society. With the launch […]

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BREAKING NEWS – SUPREME COURT REFUSE RIGHT TO DIVORCE

The Supreme Court has today ruled that Tini Owens cannot divorce her husband, Hugh Owens of 40 years until 2020, when they will have been separated for 5 years.  This is because of the manner in which the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (which provides the basis of a divorce) is drafted and because Hugh Owens […]

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Should we end the blame game of divorce?

Under current English law, even if both parties agree that their marriage has broken down, unless and until they have been separated for 2 years, they cannot get divorced without one party being blamed. The reasons for the breakdown of a marriage are usually complex and it is not uncommon for both parties to have […]

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Separating Together

The decision to separate can be difficult and daunting, with the most common concerns and fears relating to the risk of conflict, the impact on the children, your future financial security and of course costly legal battles. Unfortunately family breakdown is a fact of life and the legal process can sometimes lead to more pain […]

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Love is in the air

With Valentine`s Day around the corner and the shops filled with love hearts, chocolates and balloons, it can be easier than ever to be swept away in the first blush of a new relationship. But if you have recently separated or divorced, whilst a new romance is a happy and exciting time for you, it […]

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Cohabitation Agreements – Do you need one?

If you are living as an unmarried couple the simple answer to this question is probably yes, given that under English law cohabiting couples have little or no legal protection if their relationships break down. Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK with almost 7 million people living in this type […]

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Divorce and Business Assets

How a couple’s assets are to be divided is often the most difficult issue to resolve when a couple is going through a divorce. Businesses (which include limited companies, partnerships and sole traders) form part of the assets to be shared on divorce and will be a central consideration in the negotiations and any financial […]

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Should the house wife go back to work following a separation?

In circumstances where a husband and wife have made a decision at the start of a relationship for one of them (usually the wife) to stay at home and look after the children whilst the other (usually the husband) works, what should happen on separation? Should the husband continue to support the wife financially by […]

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Finalise your finances as well as your divorce

There is a common misconception that a divorce will finalise all financial matters arising from the marriage. Whilst a divorce does bring an end to a marriage itself it does not also bring an end to the financial obligations spouses have to each other. Anyone seeking a divorce should also ask the Court to approve […]

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Christmas – A time for putting the children first

Whilst Christmas is usually the most exciting and magical time of the year for children, for parents who have recently separated, it can be a difficult and challenging time with the arrangements for the children being an additional source of stress and anxiety.  Although for most parents Christmas is about making sure the children have […]

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The rising cost of divorce – a better alternative

Traditionally when couples separate they take independent legal advice from a Solicitor and working through their Solicitors they try to reach agreement. When agreement cannot be reached the issues are left to be decided by the family Court which can lead to increased costs, conflict, uncertainty and anxiety for all involved. It is not commonly […]

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