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Menopause, divorce and the law

It’s a condition that affects half the population and can have symptoms so debilitating that some sufferers are unable to work. Indeed, 10% of women aged 45-55 have left the workforce as a result of menopause symptoms, according to a 2022 study conducted by the Fawcett Society and Channel 4. T....

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Does a Conditional Order mean you are divorced?

Going through a divorce is undoubtedly a difficult experience. On top of the emotional and practical stresses, the paperwork involved in the divorce application can be frustrating and time consuming. When you apply for a divorce, there are four key stages you need to navigate; the divorce is onl....

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How long does an online divorce take?

Submitting a divorce application is not many people’s idea of a good time; it is, though, a necessary road to travel to arrive at your new life. Thankfully, you can improve the journey by enlisting an experienced Family Law specialist to act as your guide. Time for a change Since April ....

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Tax changes for divorcing couples coming in 2023

For separating couples, tax is likely to be the last thing on either party’s mind. Even so, consideration should be given to any potential tax implications at the outset of the relationship breakdown to minimise any financial impact. Different tax rules apply to married couples, who benefit from ....

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What counts as a ‘contribution’ in divorce proceedings?

When it comes to your divorce, it is natural that you will want your contributions to the marriage to be recognised and reflected in your eventual settlement. In UK divorce law, ‘contributions’ will include both: Financial contributions – for example, salary, rent or mortgage payments, bil....

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Can you ever have a ‘good’ divorce?

Yes, you can. Whilst it might sound like a paradox, it is possible to have a civilised parting of the ways following the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. That’s not to say that it will be easy; ending a relationship never is, but there are steps you can take to minimise the pain and suf....

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Can divorce be a “meal ticket for life”?

England, particularly London, has long been dubbed the “divorce capital of the world” as English courts have in the past had a reputation around the world for awarding generous payouts to the financially weaker party in a divorce; financial awards made in other European countries are generally m....

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Why the case of Tini Owens shows we urgently need ‘no fault’ divorce

In yet another demonstration that divorce laws in the UK need to be revisited and updated, a woman who has been married for 40 years and finds herself locked in a loveless relationship has been refused a divorce. Tini Owens, 68, maintains that her relationship with her husband Hugh has broken dow....

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We’re divorcing and don’t have any assets to divide, do I need to do anything?

Yes, you do. Even in situations where both spouses trust each other, and neither intends to make a financial claim against the other, there is always a risk that if one of the spouse’s financial circumstances were to change, then the other party might decide at that stage to make a financial claim....

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My wife is with another man, can I divorce her on the grounds of adultery?

If your wife is having a sexual relationship with a member of the opposite sex while you are still married, then this is adultery. This is the case even if your relationship with your wife has come to an end, or you have been living apart for some time. Adultery is one of the five facts that can be ....

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Are our divorce laws still fit for purpose?

Whilst it’s incredibly easy to get married in 2017, divorce it seems isn’t quite so easy. Tini Owens knows this to her cost. Judges in the Court of Appeal recently rejected her petition to divorce, meaning that the 65-year-old is, as she describes it, “locked in” her 39-year-old marriage to ....

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