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Family & Divorce

Ten tips for a smooth and amicable divorce

It’s never going to be easy but divorce doesn’t have to be a battlefield.  As part of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2021, we explain what you can do to ensure your break-up is as pain... Read full article

Are you a silver splitter? Make sure you get the later life divorce settlement you want.

Bill and Melinda Gates decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage, actor Colin Firth and Livia Giuggilo lasted 22 years while entrepreneur Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott called it a day at 25... Read full article

Female same-sex parents and parental responsibility

The number of same-sex couples who jointly raise and parent a child together is rising. In 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics, there were 212,000 same-sex families in the UK, up by... Read full article

What happens to our family business if we divorce?

Getting divorced is hard enough but when there is a business involved, it can make the split even more complicated and painful. In England and Wales, businesses are considered as matrimonial assets... Read full article

Should cryptocurrency be included in a divorce settlement?

When it comes to the financial side of divorce, couples are under a legal obligation to fully and frankly disclose their income and assets – and increasingly, that includes cryptocurrencies like... Read full article

‘No fault’ divorce coming next year

A definite date has finally been set for the long-awaited introduction of the ‘no fault’ divorce bill. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will come into force on 6 April 2022, at last... Read full article

Mediation voucher scheme for separating parents

A new mediation scheme to help separating parents resolve their difficulties amicably and away from the courtroom has been welcomed by Wards Solicitors’ Family Law and Divorce team. The government... Read full article

Thinking about a post-lockdown divorce? You’re not alone

The number of couples considering divorce has increased since the Covid-19 lockdown, according to statistics from several different sources. Spending an increased amount of time together is great... Read full article

How a collaborative divorce lawyer can make all the difference

Divorce is tough. But choosing a collaborative lawyer to help you through the process can make a significant difference to what is an understandably emotional experience. As one divorcee, who had... Read full article

Has your wedding been postponed due to Covid-19?

2020 will be a year to remember for a number of reasons. For many, it will be the disappointment of delaying the date, postponing the party and waylaying the wedding until 2021. Why not use this time... Read full article

No-fault divorce gets the go ahead

The long-awaited ‘no-fault’ bill divorce bill has finally been given the green light by parliament – a change welcomed by our highly experienced team of family lawyers at Wards Solicitors. The... Read full article

Resolving co-parenting issues during Covid-19

Co-parenting is often a complex and emotional process, and coronavirus has only added to the pressures that many families face. Wards Solicitors’ specialist team of family lawyers understand the... Read full article

Islamic faith marriage alone not valid under English law

An Islamic couple who marked their wedding with a traditional ‘nikah’ ceremony but without a civil service were never legally married, the Court of Appeal has decided in a landmark case. It ruled... Read full article

I want to divorce my same sex partner. Where do I start?

The number of same-sex marriages ending in divorce is continuing to rise, according to the Office for National Statistics. A total of 428 same-sex couples divorced last year compared to 338 in 2017,... Read full article

Parental alienation – why spotting the warning signs early is so crucial

When couples separate, the impact on their children can be huge – particularly when one parent deliberately tries to sabotage the other parent’s relationship with their children This is not just... Read full article

Happy New Year for opposite sex couples who want a civil partnership

Opposite sex couples will be able to enter into a civil partnership from 31 December this year. The House of Lords, in one of its final acts before parliament was dissolved for the general election... Read full article

Parental responsibility – what rights does it give me?

Co-parenting after a relationship ends can be tough – especially if you don’t always see eye to eye on what is best for your child. Things can get particularly tricky when one parent wants to... Read full article

Good news: ‘No fault’ divorce bill back on the parliamentary agenda

The widely supported ‘no fault’ divorce bill, dropped when parliament was prorogued last month, has made a welcome return after it was included in the latest Queen’s Speech. Family law experts... Read full article

Don’t lose your decree absolute

We’ve all done it. Pushed to the back of a drawer a document which we know is important but which we’d frankly rather forget all about. But a recent case, in which James Power could not find his... Read full article

Post-nuptial agreements – ‘life insurance’ for your marriage?

An increasing number of couples are entering into post-nuptial agreements, sometimes many years into their marriage, to set out exactly who gets what if they divorce. The rise in second marriages and... Read full article
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