8 Red Flags – for EARLY STAGES of a relationship or separation 

Tuesday August 16, 2022

Eight Red Flags for the EARLY STAGES of a relationship or separation Get a financial agreement (pre-nup) before you marry? This should be signed at least 28 days before you marry. Give yourself enough time to discuss it with your future spouse, at least 6 months before you marry.  You can still get a financial agreement (post-nup) after you marry …

7 Divorce and Finances Red Flags

Monday August 8, 2022

 7 Red Flags when going through a divorce and resolving your finances  How much maintenance should you pay or receive? If you have children, the court will be guided by the equivalent rate of an assessment by the Child Maintenance Commission.  With spousal maintenance, the court will look at the way your family circumstances and finances were structured in the …

5 Common Divorce Process Myths

Monday August 1, 2022

Five Common Myths about making claims against your partner or spouse (vice versa) in the event of a separation. Advice from friends and family Each case is different. Advice from family and friends who have gone through the process may not necessarily be relevant to your case.  Common Law Marriage This does not exist. Cohabitees do not have the same …

How to Divorce in the Most Cost-Effective Way

Tuesday July 12, 2022

How can divorcing couples reach a financial settlement in the most cost-effective way without going to court? When a marriage ends, you can use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice to reach a financial settlement without having to go to court. Sometimes assistance from the court may be unavoidable in order to obtain necessary financial …

A “No Fault Divorce” in England

Wednesday April 6, 2022

How can we proceed with a no fault divorce? Here, Helen Pidgeon, the Principal of Helen Pidgeon Solicitors, family law specialists in Chiswick, considers when and how a “no fault divorce” is likely to affect divorcing couples in England. What are the new grounds for starting a divorce? The new divorce law came into effect on 6 April 2022. Provided …

Pre and post-nuptial agreements –What are they?

Friday February 18, 2022

Here, Helen Pidgeon, the Principal of Helen Pidgeon Solicitors, family law specialists in Chiswick, considers when and why a pre or a post nuptial agreement might be something to consider in England & Wales.  A nuptial agreement seeks to limit the potential awards the court could make on divorce. A pre-nuptial agreement is made before a marriage ceremony and a …

What are your Rights if Your Relationship Breaks Down?

Friday February 7, 2020

Whether you’re in a marriage or civil partnership – what are your rights if your relationship breaks down? There’s even more choice now to legally formalize and protect your relationship after the Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 came into effect on 2 December 2019 meaning opposite sex couples can now enter into a civil partnership too. On divorce or …

Brexit and its Impact on Divorce

Friday January 31, 2020

Why does family law matter to Brexit? In 2018 one in three children were born to at least one parent who was born outside of the UK. Some of the most common countries of origin for mothers and father are from the EU.  Sadly it’s inevitable that some of those relationships are going to breakdown. Financial settlements upon divorce and …

Technology Is Changing the Management of International Divorces

Friday January 24, 2020

Divorce is rarely as straightforward as it seems, and it becomes even more complicated when it concerns an international couple who maybe in different countries. From time zones to regulations, managing a divorce is difficult to do when key parties are spread out over the globe. Luckily, technology is making it easier to manage the process. New Management Strategies There are a …

How does Mediation work in an International Divorce Case?

Friday January 17, 2020

How you can shape the outcome of  your separation to make the best decisions for your family even if you may all be in different jurisdictions.   What is Mediation? Mediation offers a neutral environment to discuss issues concerning arrangements for your children and the family’s finances following a decision to separate. We focus on what matters to you both and …