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5 most common divorce myths - debunked!

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Whether it’s the KFC mutated chicken, the earth being flat or goldfish having a 3-second memory, we all love a good old urban myth – y’know, the kind of legend that spreads by word of mouth for its comedy or shock value. The legal world is...

To divorce, or not to divorce: that is the question

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Valentine’s Day: the final straw Every year, from 1st January onwards, we get Valentine’s Day coming at us from every direction. Wherever you look it’s Hallmark-heaven, with hearts, flowers, chocolates...

Forrest Gump and the Lasting Power of Attorney

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If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know the words: "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get". How true that is - good or bad, none of us really know what’s around the corner. We...

Too young, busy or broke to write a will? Think again.

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Too young, too busy, too broke Regardless of whether you’re one of the Millennial, Generation Z or even Generation X brigade, these are just some of the reasons that over 50%* of people the UK don’t have a will. A staggering 68%* of this...

Divorce: are family businesses and copreneurs vulnerable?

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Business is booming According to the Institute for Family Business, we have over 4.7million family-owned businesses here in the UK and with new research by cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent revealing an estimated 1.4 million of these...

Life After Divorce: 7 Top Tips to moving on

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As we approach Easter, it’s got me thinking. At this time of year children are getting excited about the Easter Bunny and chocolate egg hunts, and some of the religious among us are preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, of His resurrection...

Tackle the 3 Ds this New Year; Divorce, Dementia & Death

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It’s that time of year again. January - the month named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, and a time generally associated with rebirth, renewal and resolutions. And as we reflect on the previous 12 months, our attention turns to how...

The secret to successful co-parenting post-divorce

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“Brangelina” split throws co-parenting into the spotlight again Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their rainbow family once looked like the picture perfect family, with the world seemingly following every harmonious collaborative move they made. ...

Divorce: the human touch vs technology

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Technology, the internet and online services have revolutionised the world as we know it and transformed the way we live on a daily basis – how we make friends, keep in touch with the world, find love, socialise, entertain ourselves, learn, shop, pay...

2016: The Year of the Legal Apprenticeship

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In years to come, we could be looking back on 2016 as a landmark moment, the year the legal sector’s recruitment landscape changed. The traditional route to law Historically, if you wanted to become a solicitor, the traditional route...

Christmas: a tale of carols, tinsel, turkey...and divorce?

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The Festive Pressure Cooker There’s no ‘bah humbug’ about it – it’s a well-known fact that, historically, the Christmas holiday and all its trimmings can create astronomical tension and unease in families. The continuous...

Prenups: a romance killer or common sense?

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Divided Opinion In the US of A, where most things are arguably bigger, bolder and better, prenups are often the norm and simply considered to be sensible planning, much like an insurance policy. But across the pond, here in...

The only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes...right?!

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So you have your will and that ticks those boxes, yes? But what about ‘change’? In today’s society, the good news is that we’re all living longer and, in doing so, the opportunity for significant ‘change’ in our lives is...

Wife's Payout After 20-year Divorce

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It has recently been reported across the media a case which most people may find astonishing to read and accept: http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-31832392 This is a case where an ex-wife could look to receive a financial pay out after...

Unveiling of Mediation Myths

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We lawyers and lawyer mediators are notorious for talking in lawyer speak, forgetting the vast majority of people want plain speak. How many know what mediation is? When I started to mediate I found:- Many clients thought I would...

Cohabitation and Living Together Agreements

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According to the findings in March 2014 from the Office for National Statistics, “In 2011, 12% of adults living in households in England and Wales were living as part of a cohabiting couple”. This has increased from 9.8% in 2001. According to...

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr - proof there is such a thing as amicable separation.

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It has recently been reported that Pirates of the Carribean and Lord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom has separated from his model wife, Miranda Kerr after a three-year marriage: ...

Clint Eastwood gets Divorced

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It has recently been reported that Clint Eastwood’s marriage has broken down after 17 years and his wife Dina Eastwood has filed for divorce this week: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20748719,00.html It appears that Dina has cited...