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Category Archives: Divorce

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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Banks could be set to launch “divorce mortgages”

Some banks are said to be devising a new “divorce” mortgage for couples going through a divorce.  The idea behind the mortgage would be that an individual would then be able to borrow enough money to buy their spouse out for a set period of time.  A “divorce mortgage” would have the benefit of allowing…
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