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Our Top FAQs - A Useful Reference if Considering a Divorce

We have set out below some of the questions which are frequently asked when someone is considering or facing divorce or other breakdown of a relationship. We hope that these answers provide a useful starting point for you and help point you in the right direction for further assistance.

None of the answers amount to legal advice in any particular circumstances and you must, of course, seek your own legal advice on your own situation.

If there is any question that you would like to have seen answered on this page, please email me, Richard Owen-Thomas on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will add it on the next update.

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What is reasonable access for fathers?

This is a tricky question to answer. Each case is different and there is no “one size fits all” answer as one type of contact arrangement that may suit some and not others.

When deciding on contact arrangements, you will need to consider how much hands-on care the non-resident parent can realistically provide and how much they have provided in the past. You also need to consider the age of the child, schooling arrangements for the child and any work commitments.

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How much does a divorce cost if both parties agree?

One of the concerns that everyone has when they are thinking about getting a divorce is how much it is going to cost.

If the reason your marriage has broken down is because of financial strain to begin with, then it can feel like a daunting prospect to proceed with a divorce.

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Does your Divorce need a Spring Clean before Retirement?

Divorce has been a part of our society for centuries, but over time the expectations and assumptions of divorcing parties has developed and changed. Spousal maintenance is no longer viewed as a guaranteed income for the primary carer of the couple’s children especially when retirement is looming, and the recent pension changes brought in last year may affect a spouse’s interest in their ex-partner’s existing pension.

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Cohabitation – What are the risks?

At Watson Thomas Solicitors we provide legal advice and representation for clients who are just starting out in their relationship, such as when a Pre-Nuptial Agreement is required, as well as those who have reached the end of their relationship and are looking to separate or divorce. But not all couples choose to marry, and in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of couples choosing to co-habit rather than getting married.

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