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How to stay afloat

If you’re separating or divorcing that usually means running two households and, of course, it costs more to pay for two homes.  That often means that at least one partner will face the scary situation of being unable to support themselves – and maybe the family’s children too. Ideally, a couple should come to an […]

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Blended families

With nearly one in every two marriages ending in divorce, and people forming new relationships, today a family with step-children, half-brothers and sisters is increasingly common. It’s tough enough for most parents to co-parent when they’re not living in the same home, but when new partners enter the picture it can all get complicated!  When […]

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Managing your finances before the divorce

If you’re going through a divorce, money is a critical issue.  If one partner has moved out, you’re now running two households and, even with an amicable split, money has a way of causing friction. The number one piece of advice we can give is to talk to each other.  If the conversation stays open […]

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Do you need a solicitor to get your divorce?

No, but that’s over-simplifying it.  You can do it online – BUT you could be making a big mistake. If you enter ‘DIY divorce’ in the search engine you’ll see all kinds of offers.  But such offers can be misleading.  For example, a company that is offering a divorce for £37.  This isn’t even possible […]

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Collaboration creates a win-win outcome

When a relationship breaks down, but the couple want to work together to resolve matters with the least amount of emotional distress, working with collaborative lawyers is a way to achieve an outcome that works for everyone. Collaborative law is not about winning or losing, but achieving a fair deal for the whole family.  It […]

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Keep the communication going

When a relationship breaks down there may be a temptation to say “That’s it!  I don’t want to speak to you again.”  Talking to your former partner might be just too painful – it’s just turning the knife in the wound, but in the long-term keeping the lines of communication open can reap massive benefits, […]

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‘All I want for Christmas is Mum and Dad’

When parents are separated or divorced Christmas can be a minefield.  Of course, the children want Mum and Dad together, even if, on another level, they know that both parents were unhappy before the split. A time when everything should be happy and joyful can turn into misery and dispute without a sensible plan.  If […]

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Preparing to separate

Nobody goes into a relationship with plans for a future separation, so when things go wrong, few couples are prepared.  The end of a relationship, no matter how amicable, is fraught with emotions, whether it’s sadness, grief or, where there’s been friction, anger or fear. That can make it difficult to discuss what happens next.  […]

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5 tips to take the pressure off

Life in the 21st century may be full of labour-saving devices, but the demands on our time seem ever increasing with most of us trying to cram 36 hours of living into the 24 available!  It’s no wonder that some relationships suffer from so much stress that they end up in separation. Many of our […]

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No fault divorce

The case of Tini Owens and her husband, Hugh, hit the headlines recently after the appeal courts refused to allow Mrs Owens a divorce based on his alleged behaviour. The case surprised both the legal fraternity and the general public.  Generally, divorce petitions are not defended as, by the time a marriage has broken down, […]

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