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When we divorce, I only want what is fair.

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It is important to understand that there is no legal definition of fairness, however it is determined on a balance scale. The starting point for division of matrimonial assets is 50/50, however there is the potential to depart from equality in certain cases...

When I divorce will I have to sell the house?

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Depending on the circumstances, you may not need to sell your house, however this cannot be guaranteed as every situation is different. After the assets of the marriage have been established, the next consideration is how the assets will be divided,...

I want a divorce. What should I do?

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The decision to separate or divorce is a personal one which can only be made by the individuals involved. If you decide to separate, then you can do this informally and reach agreement as to how your assets are to be divided. It can often be too soon...

If I were to separate or divorce, what would I be entitled to?

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There is no one, simple answer to this question, as it is very difficult to know what each person is entitled to as this depends on individual circumstances. The starting point for dividing matrimonial assets is 50:50. Matrimonial assets include things such...

Five reasons why you might need a Prenuptial Agreement

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It may seem odd, or even counter-intuitive, to be discussing separation and divorce at a time when you are finalising your wedding plans, but with around one third of marriages ending in divorce , statistics should prompt you to at least consider what the...

How to apply for a Child Arrangements Order?

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To apply a Child Arrangements Order, the law requires you to first attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, often referred to as a MIAM. This is a meeting with a qualified mediator who will inform you about forms of alternative dispute...

Who can apply for a Child Arrangements Order?

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Any parent is automatically entitled to apply for a Child Arrangements Order irrespective of whether they have parental responsibility for the child or not. If you are the guardian or special guardian for a child , you can also apply. There are certain...

What is a Child Arrangements Order and Why Would I Need One?

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Whether you are a parent or grandparent of a child, you are able to apply to a Court for a Child Arrangements Order (often referred to as a CAO). Typically, although not limited to, individuals apply for a Child Arrangements Order where either separation of...

Get Ready! New Divorce Legislation Incoming!

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It is finally happening. ‘No fault’ divorce is approaching and approaching fast. The change in law does coincide with my own personal nuptials. I hope this doesn’t provide a bad omen for my relationship. EDIT: This blog was originally...

Separating your Finances Without it Costing the Earth

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When you decide to separate or divorce, a huge worry for many couples is what will happen to the family finances, particularly the family home. This can be an extremely stressful time for separating couples and the prospect of having to discuss and agree on...

Family Mediation Week 2022: Listening Effectively

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Here at Thornton Jones Solicitors this Family Mediation Week we are drilling down on a number of really important aspects of mediation and focusing on those aspects to ensure that when you do embark on family mediation, that you do so primed and ready to...

Family Mediation Week 2022: The Voice of the Child

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When parents separate, children of all ages can be left feeling a variety of emotions including anger, confusion and upset. They often feel that decisions are being made about their future over which they have no control over or say, and this can build...

Top Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce

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Co-parenting after divorce is rarely easy. Often, the breakdown of the relationship will have been an emotional and stressful one, and you may have negative feelings towards your ex-spouse. Where relationships break down, the division of the assets can lead...

Divorce Day 2022

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After another turbulent year thanks to the pandemic, families have again been put under increased strain in 2021, whether that be due to having to live and work in close quarters, increased financial challenges, or the very direct impact on families...

Government Plans for Mediation to become the 'default route' for Separating and Divorcing Couples

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I read with interest an article which appeared in the Law Gazette recently about plans that Dominic Raab has to keep individuals from bringing their family disputes to Court. These plans include making mediation the default process in family disputes and...

Good Divorce Week 2021

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Today marks the start of ‘Good Divorce Week’, an annual campaign led by Resolution in an attempt to change practices and behaviours so that when divorce happens, the impacts on everyone involved are kept to a minimum. What...

Should I Consider My Pension When Separating or Divorcing?

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In my role as a family law solicitor, I often find that clients are confused by pensions and are reluctant to deal with or consider either their own or their ex-partner’s pensions when separating or divorcing. Given that there are...

Do I need a Cohabitation Agreement?

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It’s not uncommon for a couple who live together to believe that since they are in a relationship, and cohabiting, that they have certain rights akin to those of a married couple. Do unmarried couples have the same rights as a married couple? What...

My Top Tips For Making a Clean Break Order

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I recall one time I had afternoon tea with several members of my family and we had an interesting discussion about divorce and what getting divorced actually means for individuals going through the process. Throughout our discussions, I was reminded...

Do I Need A Prenuptial?

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What is a Prenuptial Agreement and Do I Need One? When you marry, you imagine it’s for life, but separation and divorce is a very common outcome with a third of marriages ending in divorce 1 and when separation and divorce happens there is...

National Divorce Day 2021

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It’s here again, National Divorce Day, a day on which some divorce lawyers report a spike in the number of enquiries from people wishing to commence divorce proceedings. Although largely considered a myth by many, with 2020 being in most a...

What is Collaborative Law? Is it the Right Approach for You?

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What is Collaborative Law and why choosing a Collaborative Law Approach to Divorce Could be the Right Approach for You. Often when couples decide to separate and ultimately divorce there is the expectation that both parties will need to embark on a...

Good Divorce Week - Parenting After Parting

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Today is the fifth and final day of the Good Divorce Week and today we discuss parenting after parting. Jane Auty, one of our Family Solicitors here at Thornton Jones says; “Parenting after parting is vital in continuing the great work...

Good Divorce Week - Look After Yourself

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On this Day 4 of the Good Divorce Week we are discussing how you can help your children by helping yourself. Jane Auty, one of our Family Solicitors says; “It's easier said than done, but at a time when stress levels are peaking,...

Good Divorce Week - Anger & Emotions

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Today is day 3 of Good Divorce Week and in this Blog Jane Auty, one of our Family Solicitors, discusses how to address anger and emotions. Good Divorce Week is a week long campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of a collaborative approach to separation...

Good Divorce Week - A United Front

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Today is day 2 of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week, a week long campaign which aims to help separating and divorcing parents reduce the impact on their children and to maintain strong and meaningful relationship with their children after divorce. Today...

Good Divorce Week - Communication

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Today marks the start of Good Divorce Week, a week long campaign led by Resolution with the aim of ensuring that where parents are separating and divorcing that it is done in a way that has the least impact on their children. Throughout the week we’ll...

Can I Vary A Child Arrangement Order?

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Here at Thornton Jones we love to stay engaged and involved and when the topic is relevant to our business we love to take part in The Law Society's #SolicitorChat that they hold weekly on Twitter. This week our super Family Lawyer, Hannah Bowes...

New Divorce Legislation Pending!

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Yesterday, I was ecstatic to learn that the new No Fault Divorce Bill has finished its journey through Parliament and even though the new legislation will not be accessible until autumn 2021, this marks a significant change in the law....

I am a Grandparent - What Rights do I have?

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I for one can understand and relate to the significance and importance of a child’s relationship with their grandparents. However, in the legal world, whilst a Court would acknowledge the importance of their role in a child’s life, their rights...