Divorce & Separation

27 January 2012

Divorce: The Debrett's Guide to Civilised Separation – a sign of the times?

The rate of divorce continues to rise. Nowadays, one marriage in every three statistically is destined to end with divorce. It is perhaps unsurprising then that Debrett’s is looking to offer couples advice on how to manage a divorce graciously.

27 January 2012

Divorce: Rise in divorce rates

The Office of National Statistics has revealed that, for the first time since 2003, there has been a rise in the divorce rate in England and Wales. The rate of divorce in 2010 rose 4.9%, with commentators suggesting that the current economic situation, and the added strain this has on relationships, might be to blame for the increase.

Connie Atkinson

26 January 2012

Divorce: The End of the Russian Winter?

Recent decisions (Granatino –v- Radmacher, amongst others) from our Supreme Court confirm that agreements reached between spouses about what should happen on divorce should usually be upheld.

13 December 2011

Christmas holidays – getting the balance right

Arrangements for the Christmas holidays are often the subject of numerous enquiries at this time of year and, during what is usually an emotionally charged time of year, negotiations can be fraught. Our advice is not to leave it until the last minute – no-one wants to be exchanging solicitors letters the week before Christmas – and keep the focus on what is in the children’s best interests. In an ideal world that may involve spending time with both parents on Christmas day; however, this may simply not be possible for geographical or other reasons and a solution is often alternating Christmas days and treating Christmas Eve or Boxing day as a “second” Christmas day with the other parent.

29 November 2011

Foreign pre-marriage contracts

European pre-marriage contracts are related but not identical to English prenuptial agreements, as explained by Charlotte Bradley in a previous blog titled: 'The European marriage contract - a different animal to the pre-nup?'.

Connie Atkinson

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