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Impact of Relationship Breakdown on Children During the Christmas Period

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No matter when it happens, divorce is a stressful, emotional and scary time for the children of separating parents. Children, especially young ones will be unaware of the nuances and idiosyncrasies of marriage, so when their parents’ marriage breaks down, it is likely to totally blindside them. Although Christmas is often considered the most favourite time of year amongst children, the impact of a divorce can prevent their enjoyment over the festive period. In this piece, we’re going to detail how divorced parents can help make Christmas as enjoyable as possible for their children. Custody at Christmas Depending on the age…

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Divorce Rates at Their Lowest Due to Rise in Cohabitation Before Marriage

Studies have suggested that younger couples who get married are more likely to stay together, due to the increase in couples living together before marriage. In years gone by, it was sometimes referred to as ‘living in sin’, but in modern times, sharing a home before getting married has helped to strengthen unions and help couples last past the infamous ‘seven year itch’.   The Office for National Statistics released figures that show 130,473 couples divorced across the UK in 2013, which is a 3% decline from the previous year. Overall, the divorce rate fell to 9.8 per 1,000 married men…

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The Data of Divorce – Latest Divorce Statistics for England & Wales

Divorce statistics change year on year, with fluctuations occurring in varying degrees of severity. We’ve created this infographic to help give you a clearer understanding of the trends in divorce, as well as comparing them to the previous 10 years’ statistics. The most recent statistics, released in December 2015, account for divorces in 2013 only. View full sized infographic   What is a divorce rate? The divorce rate is the way of measuring the amount of divorces in a country. It is the amount of divorces per 1,000 of the population. What is the divorce rate in England? The divorce rate in…

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Theresa May Announces Sharia Law Review – July 2016

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced that there will be a review of Sharia Law and the ways in which it is applied in England and Wales. The review is planned as part of the counter-extremism strategy, and it will be overseen by a panel appointed by the Home Office. The Home Office has said there is evidence that some Sharia councils are working “in a discriminatory and unacceptable way, attempting to legitimise forced marriage and/or issuing divorces that are unfair to women”. The panel that is overseeing the review will be chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic…

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Calls for ‘No Blame’ Changes in Divorce and Separation Cases

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Divorces that are mutually agreed upon should not require a court visit from the involved couple, according to Sir James Munby, the UK’s most senior family judge. Sir Munby also called for unmarried couples to have the same rights as married couples when it comes to separating. Currently, if a relationship between two cohabitants ends, there is no service from the court that redistributes the matrimonial assets between the two individuals as there is when a married couple files for divorce. “This is an injustice that has been recognised as long as I have been in the law. Reform is desperately…

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Guide to Leave to Remove Applications

A Leave to Remove application is where a parent or main carer of a child or children asks for the court’s permission to leave the area of this jurisdiction i.e. England and Wales with the children to live abroad on a permanent basis. In the event that the parents are unable to agree whether the relocation of the children should take place, a Leave to Remove decision will be made by the court. This guide to Leave to Remove applications will cover proceedings from both perspectives. First, let’s look at the basic principles included with a Leave to Remove application –…

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Financial claims after a long period of separation

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A recent Supreme Court decision has emphasised that unlike practically every other area of law, that there is no statute of limitations principle applying to financial claims after a divorce.  In other words, unless a Court has formally dismissed a spouse’s financial claims then their ability to make a later financial claim against their former spouse remain outstanding indefinitely.   This case of Wyatt has been well publicised in the newspapers, where a former ‘new age’ couple living an alternative lifestyle and with no income or assets separated and divorced but did not take steps to dismiss their financial claims.  Many…

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Child Custody: Essential Information

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If a couple feels that their marriage has broken down irreparably, then divorce is often the next step that they take in order to legally and formally dissolve the marriage. The length of the divorce process varies with each couple – some can be resolved quickly with minimal fuss, while others can become very protracted as each party tries to claim what they feel they are entitled to in the divorce.   However, there are some people who don’t get a say in what happens in a divorce, who are often left confused, upset and scared about what is happening –…

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The Difference Between Judical Separations & Divorce

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Before applying for a judicial separation, it is important that the differences between it and divorce are fully understood. There are a number of variations between the two processes, and this article will examine them in order to help you get a better understanding of the proceedings. The Legalities In a Judicial Separation, the result is different from a divorce in that the marriage is not legally deemed to be over. The parties involved may have accepted an end to the relationship, but they are not permitted to remarry unless they obtain a divorce. Similarly, if the marriage has not irrevocably…

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Increase in Divorce Following The Christmas Period

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Although it may seem like a time for happiness, joy and love, the festive period can provide stumbling blocks for married couples that can often result in divorce. There are a number of factors that can lead to this unfortunate result, and as the festive season approaches, figures show a spike in the number of divorces and divorce inquiries. Financial Strain For many families, Christmas is a time of huge expense, as buying gifts for friends and family seems to be a never-ending task. Financial strain is one of the leading causes of divorce, as struggling to make ends meet can…

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