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Why you pay the courts £550 when filing for divorce

The fact that the courts charge a fee of £550 when someone files for a divorce is, unsurprisingly, a huge bugbear for many. After all, the courts hardly make it clear what people will be getting for their money; so much so that many people assume that this fee will entitle them to help with their forms, assistanc...

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Do the grounds for divorce affect financial settlements?

Every time a couple gets a divorce, they need to divide their joint assets. Things like property, cars, pensions etc. all need to be considered and the couple must either reach an agreement or, if they find that they cannot, head to court and let a judge decide who gets what. Whilst most couples will be able to succ...

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Why online divorces will have little effect on divorce rates

The divorce process in England and Wales has, until recently, been administered exclusively via physical paperwork that needed to be sent directly to court. Now, though, it’s possible for the relevant documentation to be completed and submitted online – something which has left a few people feeling more tha...

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Will having children effect my ability to divorce online?

Many people assume that they will be unable to get a divorce online if they and their spouse have had children together. So much so, in fact, that it’s a question our advisers are regularly asked. All in all, it’s understandable that people have a tendency to assume that the divorce process will be compl...

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How does the divorce process start?

Starting the divorce process can be a daunting prospect. The thought of formally ending your marriage is one that, as you’ll be aware of the significant changes it’s certain to bring, is more than capable of causing anxiety. Whilst these concerns are nearly always misplaced, though, this doesn’t make...

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Are you responsible for your ex’s debts following a divorce?

Divorce, even when it’s uncontested, can still be extremely expensive, particularly as it often means that people will be moving from dual-income to single-income households. As a result, it’s hardly surprising that so many people are concerned about their spouse’s debts and whether or not they’...

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Accept no-fault divorce is the future, or embrace this….

For several months, prominent figures from the worlds of law, religion, government and more have been publicly debating divorce law within the UK. Some have argued for reform, others that revising the law and allowing no-fault divorce would be harmful to society. I, personally, have argued that it is rational to ref...

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How to get a cheap divorce

Divorce can get very, very expensive. Negotiations over the division of assets are, after all, ultimately discussions that will determine the participant’s quality of life for at least a few years following their divorce being made final. Combine this with potential disputes over children, gargantuan solicitors&r...

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When can I remarry after a divorce?

‘Can I immediately remarry once my divorce has been finalised?’ is – and you may be surprised by this – a question that is put to our advisers on a pretty regular basis. Often, spouses separate and neither has the inclination to file for divorce. They agree on how to divide their various asse...

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A few ways to find your spouse’s address

If you want to get a divorce but have become estranged from your spouse and no longer know where they live, you’re not alone. This is an extremely common problem and, whilst it’s possible to get a divorce without knowing where your spouse lives, it’s much, much easier to proceed when you’re in p...

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Jurisdiction in divorce proceedings explained

The mere mention of the word ‘jurisdiction’, particularly when a conversation’s context is geared towards divorce or a similar family law matter, is often enough to cause immense confusion, trepidation and concern. Considering how the vast majority of divorces that receive the press’s attention...

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Should extended family members have similar rights to parents?

Everyone knows that children’s rights to have a relationship with both of their parents is enshrined in law. Indeed, the only circumstances under which a judge would deny one parent contact with their child would be because doing so was likely to adversely affect the child’s wellbeing. Indeed, even such...

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