Who pays the fees in a divorce?

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Divorce costs can be paid by either party or each can pay their own fees, depending on the circumstances of each individual case. The initial application to court to obtain a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership needs to be accompanied by the court fee of £550. This is payable by the party who […]

Conscious uncoupling: ending a marriage without acrimony

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As divorce law is set to be reformed to remove blame, we look at a modern way for couples to separate. The term conscious uncoupling refers to the ending of a relationship in a positive way. Instead of acrimony, the intention is that both parties will go on to better and happier futures separately, but […]

Entering into a pre-nuptial agreement

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With lawyers reporting a rise in couples wanting to sign a prenuptial agreement, we look at what this entails and when it might be suitable. A prenuptial agreement (also referred to as a ‘prenup’) is entered into by those intending to get married and sets out what will happen to their assets and debts in […]

What happens in a Divorce?

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These are five key stages everyone needs to go through to get a divorce. The process for obtaining a divorce is likely to take at least four to six months, and can potentially be much longer, depending on how complicated it is and whether both parties are in agreement. There are five stages to the […]

What happens if we have children but are not married?

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A couple who live together without being married are cohabiting. There are legal provisions in place for the children of cohabiting couples, but without the legal framework of marriage there are no protections for the couple themselves. This means that someone who is cohabiting could be left in financial difficulties if a relationship breaks down. […]

How is the money sorted out when getting divorced?

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When you divorce, your financial affairs need to be dealt with as a separate process. If you cannot come to an agreement with your ex, then you can ask a judge to settle the matter. This involves making a financial application to the court. Even if you do both agree on financial provision, the court […]

Helping your children cope with divorce or separation

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For many parents, the hardest part of the divorce process is the effect it has on their children. We look at how you can help them come to terms with a new situation. In 2012 the Office for National Statistics estimated that 42 percent of marriages would end in divorce. With children affected by many […]