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Are Divorces on the Rise?

There were over 100,000 divorces in England and Wales last year, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). That’s over one fifth higher than in 2018 and the highest level in five years. But does this mean divorce is on the rise? Or could this be an anomaly? Should we expect divorces to continue to rise in the next few years? We answer all of these questions in this month’s article. Divorce rate in 2019 107,599 opposite-sex divorces and 822 same-sex divorces were formalised in 2019, a total increase of 17,332 from the year before.  The divorce rate for same-sex…

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Are Prenuptial Agreements the New Normal?

Prenups have been a touchy subject among couples since they were first introduced. Some people feel that requesting a prenup indicates that you don’t trust your spouse or you don’t have confidence that the relationship will last. But prenups are important for protecting your assets and you must never feel pressured into refusing one. Doing so often leads to a complicated divorce that leaves one party feeling indignant and betrayed. For the first time ever, the stigma that once appeared inextricably linked to the prenup is slowly diminishing. Not only are prenuptial agreements becoming more accepted within relationships, they’re trending towards…

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How Does a Second Marriage Impact Financial Settlements?

In any marriage, it’s important to be aware of the legal procedures and rules pertaining to financial settlements should you and your spouse divorce. However, second marriages, whether it’s you or your ex-spouse who remarries, can throw up some additional complications.    In this month’s article, discover how a second marriage can impact financial settlements and learn how to protect your money, assets and future. How is a second marriage different from the first? The average age of divorce in the UK is around 45 years old, and so anyone who marries for a second time will most likely be doing…

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What is a No Fault Divorce?

What if my partner is reluctant to divorce

Earlier this year, MPs passed the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill — the first major change to divorce law for over 50 years. The new legislation introduces the concept of ‘no-fault divorces’, allowing couples to divorce without having to prove who was at fault. Leading experts claim the new legislation will lead to more amicable separations, preventing unnecessary pain for couples and their children. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is a welcome change to divorce law, shifting outdated regulations into the 21st century. This article is going to explain no-fault divorces in greater detail, including how the law has changed,…

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What is Spousal Maintenance and How Much am I Entitled to?

What if my partner is reluctant to divorce

Divorce is challenging enough without the uncertain question of whether or not you’re entitled to spousal maintenance payments – or even whether you might find yourself obligated to pay it.  To help make things clearer, here are some commonly asked questions about spousal maintenance payments following a divorce, and what it might mean for couples living in England & Wales.  What is spousal maintenance?  Spousal maintenance is also known as spousal support or spousal periodical payments, and refers to payments made by someone to their ex-spouse during or after a divorce. It usually occurs when one divorced party finds themself in…

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What is the Difference Between a Family Lawyer and a Family Solicitor?


Many people will require legal advice or representation at some point in their lives – and for many that may be in the remit of family law. But what is the difference between a solicitor and a lawyer working in family law? Is there any difference at all?  In this article, we explore this question to ensure complete clarity on the subject.  What is a family lawyer?  Here in the UK, a family lawyer is more of an umbrella term that describes anyone that is qualified and licensed to give legal advice in matters pertaining to family law or to act…

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What Is Parental Alienation?


Unfortunately, not every divorce is amicable, and sometimes divorced or divorcing parents will try and unjustly turn their children against the other parent – this is known as parental alienation. Not only is this an emotionally distressing tactic for the parents and child alike, but it can also have legal implications.  In this article, we explore what parental alienation might look like, how it might affect your child and the rest of the family, and what to do if you suspect your child is being turned against you by an ex-spouse.  What is parental alienation?  Parental alienation can sometimes occur during…

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Helping children through a divorce for 7-11 Year Olds

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Divorce can be difficult for everyone in the family, and that includes children. In this reassuring video, which is aimed at a child audience, we answer some key questions that could be on their mind. In a child-friendly way, the video explores issues about why divorce happens, what the future might look like, what feelings might arise, who they can talk to, and also includes quotes from children who have experienced divorce in their family.   If you have any questions about the topics raised in this video, or are seeking professional law advice regarding divorce and child custody, please get in…

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What Impact will COVID-19 have on Divorce or Child-share Arrangements?


Coronavirus has halted the plans of everyone on a global level – and legal disputes are no exception. However, not everybody may realise that courts remain open during COVID-19, allowing you to receive the advice and support you need for divorce and family law matters. In this article, the expert family lawyers here at Goodwins Family Law Solicitors will be exploring how couples in isolation or quarantine can proceed with married life, divorce and child custody issues at this difficult time.  Overview of the situation While the whole world stays at home, coronavirus is undoubtedly putting pressure on families across the…

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A Guide to Supporting Someone Going Through a Divorce

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Helping someone through their divorce can bring hope and optimism at a time of sorrow. If you’re a friend, relative or even an employer, you may wish to lend your support.  Sometimes this can be easier said than done. Divorce cases are complex and it’s not always easy to predict how someone will react to a helping hand. You might feel apprehensive in case you do or say the wrong thing. There is always something you can do to help. This guide will offer advice and tips on how to support someone through a divorce, from before the start of the…

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