Who has the contents of the matrimonial home?

When a couple divorce then obviously one or both of them will leave the former matrimonial home. What should happen to the home will of course have to be decided, but who has its contents? It is an important issue. At least one of the parties will have to rehouse themselves, and unless they move…

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No-Fault Divorce is here!

After many years of campaigning for it, and months of waiting for the new law to come into effect, we finally have a system of no-fault divorce in England and Wales. But what exactly does this mean? New system, new terminology The first thing to understand is that with the new system comes some new terminology. Firstly,…

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Pensions on divorce: why it is vital to take advice?

When a financial settlement on divorce is decided upon all financial assets of both parties are taken into account. Most of those assets, and their values, are obvious, or at least relatively easy to ascertain, such money in a bank account, or the former matrimonial home. Shrouded in mystery But there is one type of…

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I have no money – how can I afford to get divorced?

For many people whose marriage has broken down the prospect of separation and divorce is clouded in financial uncertainty. They may have little or no income of their own, being reliant upon their spouse for financial support. How will they be able to manage without that support? They may want to take divorce proceedings, and…

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How do I go about changing my name?

Many people want to change their name at some point in their life, for many different reasons. It may be, for example, that a divorced woman wants to revert to her maiden name, that someone wants to take the name of their partner, or simply because someone doesn’t like the name they were given at…

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What will happen to my home when I divorce?

Divorce potentially puts your entire life in the balance. Suddenly, almost everything about your life could change. And from a material perspective perhaps the biggest thing of all is where you will live. What might happen to your home, and where you will live after the divorce, is one of the biggest concerns for anyone…

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Is everything divided equally on divorce?

For most people getting divorced their biggest concern will be what share of the matrimonial assets they receive. And as with so many things, there are a lot of misconceptions about how the law divides assets on divorce. One misconception is that everything is always divided equally. Whilst there is some truth in this, the…

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I am getting married – should I get a prenup?

A recent survey by the Marriage Foundation, a charity that promotes marriage, indicated that up to one in five couples enter into a prenuptial agreement (commonly abbreviated to ‘prenup’), before they get married. The statistic has been disputed by family lawyers, who consider that it is very high. Nevertheless, it does suggest that more couples may…

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How the courts deal with abuse allegations in children cases

It is sadly common that allegations of domestic abuse are raised by one or both of the parties in proceedings between parents over arrangements for their children. Perhaps the most common scenario is where the children live with their mother, their father is applying to the Family Court for contact, and the mother alleges that…

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