We are fully operational and able to offer all normal services. Our staff are working remotely with full access to all systems and can be contacted via the normal office phone number and email addresses. In line with revised government guidance we are now able to offer some face to face meetings at our offices by prior arrangement.

How do I achieve a divorce settlement during lockdown?

I want to achieve a financial settlement but how can I do that in the middle of COVID-19 lockdown? If you are going through a divorce at the moment,you may find that court hearings are postponed or transferred to take place by way of a telephone or video hearing.  The delay will be entirely unwelcome […]

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Coronavirus pandemic – I don’t feel safe at home with my partner. What can I do?

For many of us, our home is our castle. A sanctuary of safety, familiarity and if we are lucky, of peace and relaxation. But for some, their “home” is a lonely and volatile place, and one where they feel physically unsafe. Living with an abusive partner is, at the best of times, a challenge that […]

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Coronavirus pandemic – making a will

The Covid-19 pandemic has put things in perspective for many, highlighting just how crucial it is to have an up-to-date will in place. According to the Law Society, the number of enquiries relating to wills has increased by 30%. How can E J Coombs continue to make wills for clients during ‘lockdown’? Our business structure […]

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The Coronavirus pandemic – what if you have just achieved settlement of financial matters upon divorce and things have now changed significantly? What can you do?

In UK Law, there are understandably, very limited grounds upon which you can ’overturn’ a financial order.  These include fraud, a significant failure to disclose assets or other highly relevant information, and mistake.  However, another possibility which has emerged in caselaw is a situation where shortly after the order was made there was an event […]

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Child arrangements during Coronavirus pandemic – what should you do?

On 23rd March 2020, the government ordered people to stay at home, and not to travel unless essential.  But how does this affect the arrangements for you to see and spend time with your children?  And what should you do if one household has to self isolate? In terms of non essential travel, following the […]

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Tax planning for divorce

When it comes to dividing your assets, there’s more to consider than simply who gets what.  There are tax implications to consider too. Poor tax planning can mean less assets to divide between you, so often it can be wise to get an expert to advise you on the best way to go about dividing […]

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Dealing with domestic abuse

When you’re in an abusive relationship, it can leave you feeling trapped and unable to take the steps needed to get you out of the situation.  The emotions involved are complex; you may feel guilty about taking action, especially when your partner is apologetic afterwards. Domestic abuse isn’t limited to physical violence. Emotional, sexual, financial […]

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Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Wills are not something that people like to think about – unfortunately, when you have a family they’re something that should not be ignored.  If you don’t already have a will and you have a partner, children or others you want to give your assets to, it’s the only way to be certain that the people that […]

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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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