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Category Archives: Divorce

Nearly a year to get a divorce

Ministry of Justice statistics reveal on average it takes nearly a year to get a divorce. This is despite the introduction of online applications and more centralised working. It is taking 26.7 weeks for couples to be granted a decree nisi. Then a further 24.6 weeks to reach decree absolute to finalise the divorce. That…
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Divorce law needs ‘urgent change’ in light of Owens vs Owens

Divorce law needs ‘urgent change’ in light of Owens vs Owens With the rare ruling in the divorce of Owens vs Owens, Samantha Lee provides her opinion on the case: “There has been so much incorrect reporting of this case. The Supreme Court had to apply the law as it currently stands. Mrs Owens started…
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Common Divorce Myths

If you are contemplating divorce, it may surprise you to realise that some decisions you are making are based on misconceptions. MYTH: I’m entitled to half of my husband’s/wife’s assets. The split of assets depends on a variety of factors. These include: Length of the marriage The ages of the married couple The earning capacities…
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Divorce and Christmas

Divorce and Christmas – not two words you might believe sit together. But, January is a busy time for divorce lawyers – but why? Many people find Christmas stressful. I know I do! There’s: Planning of presents Purchasing of presents Wrapping Dinner to plan Children’s activities and parties Family to visit The stress can have…
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Call for divorce law reforms: Owens v Owens

Divorce law experts are predicting that divorce law reforms will be called for following the unusual case of Owens v Owens. Mr and Mrs Owens were in the Court of Appeal the week of the 13th February 2017 and their case highlights the rigidness of the antiquated divorce laws. A family court ruled last year…
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Divorce news: New Year, Big Decision

January is commonly the busiest time for a divorce lawyer. One in five divorces are filed in January. It has been associated with Christmas, with claims made that being forced to spend ‘family’ time together highlights cracks in relationships leading to increases in enquiries into divorce. But, it is more likely that the big decision…
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Government rejects recommendation to scrap divorce fee rise

On 21 March 2016 the fee to petition for a divorce rose to £550 from £410.  The fee increase was strongly opposed by family lawyers who were concerned that this rise would make petitioning for a divorce prohibitively expensive for some clients.  What made the increase even more concerning was the fact that it was…
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Justice Select Committee finds divorce fee increase “unjustified”

A New Justice Select Committee (JSC) report published on 20 June 2016 has criticised the increase in Court and tribunal fees in many cases.  However, the report was particularly critical of the increase in divorce petition costs labelling them as “effectively a divorce tax”. The government had originally been proposing to raise the fee for…
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