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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.

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.

What rights does the mother have over the father?

It is often a stressful and emotional time for parties when a relationship breaks down. This is even more so where there are children involved as there will sometimes be difficulties in agreeing arrangements for the children such as where and with whom the children will live and what contact the absent parent will have with the children.

Who makes the arrangements for the children will depend on who has parental responsibility (PR) for the child. All biological mothers and most fathers have legal rights and responsibilities as a parent.

The Consequences of Illicitly Obtaining Evidence During a Divorce

When two parties are going through financial proceedings during a divorce, it can be frustrating when one party knows the other is being dishonest. It is not unusual for an ex-spouse to deny the value of their assets, or to dissipate money somewhere else in the hopes that they can benefit from it after financial proceedings are finalised.

What are the chances of a father winning custody of children?

There has been a historic problem in the family court with Judges favouring mothers over fathers, as it was thought they would be more capable of caring for the children of the family. When two parents cannot agree where their children should live, or if one parent fears the other cannot care for the children properly, they have the option of taking the matter to Court. The Court hears both parties, and after several hearings a decision will be made about where the children live (also called custody) and when they see the non-resident parent.