The period between deciding to separate and officially getting divorced can be quite difficult, particularly if finances are tight. There will often be pushback from either spouse regarding the payment of routine household bills or quibbles about monthly expenditure. So how should finances be dealt with during this tricky limbo period, whilst waiting for a decree absolute to be issued?
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Many couples will live together for many years and even raise a family without ever getting married. But if the relationship fails, cohabiting couples have far fewer protections compared to married couples. Let's look at what a cohabitation agreement is, when it's used and if you can draft your own agreement.
Getting divorced is a turbulent time and it can seem like there is a never-ending list of chores to be completed, both during and after separation. Our divorce experts have put together a simple but useful resource to help give you the best start in your new life, avoiding some of the most commonly encountered pitfalls.
Today many people can only afford to pay the rent or get a mortgage if they are sharing the expenses with a partner. So some couples end up remaining unhappily married for practical financial reasons, ending up in the position of their ancestors, albeit unwillingly. Let’s consider some of the options for getting divorced with little or no money.
People getting a divorce should generally wait until they have agreed on a settlement, based on their current financial situation,... View Article
Gifts are frequently made between couples during the course of their marriage. Occasionally, parents will provide gifts or loans to the married couple for a variety of reasons, so how does the law treat gifts in the event of a divorce or separation?
Most assets that have been acquired or built up during the course of the marriage will be added to the ‘matrimonial pot’ when working out a financial settlement and divided up between the divorcing parties. However, in the period shortly before the divorce, either spouse may decide to spend or dispose of money, potentially with a view to preventing it from being added to the matrimonial pot. But will this achieve its aims, and what is the legality of doing this?
Most assets that have been acquired or built up during the course of the marriage will be added to the ‘matrimonial pot’ upon divorce, including any business assets of either spouse. One question which is often asked is whether business assets need to be included in the matrimonial pot and if so, how can they be divided or retained?
Significant assets will often be brought into a marriage by either the husband or wife, especially as more people are now getting married later in life. Parties entering into the marriage may have inherited assets or simply accrued them over many years before getting married. But can these pre-marital assets be protected in the event of a divorce and if so, how can it be done?
The sound of unreasonable behaviour is daunting to most people. It creates a lot of questions, but until a no-fault divorce becomes the law it may be your best solution to getting a quick divorce. This article will help you understand the types of behaviours that are commonly used by Petitioners and how they should be worded on the divorce petition.