Article Tag: Cheryl Haywood

How to Explain Divorce to Children

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Once you have made the decision to separate, telling the children of the family about your divorce can be one of the hardest and most emotional tasks. If you are wondering where to start, here are some tips for ensuring that the conversation goes as smoothly as possible and to avoid traumatism that might affect… Read more »

How to Prepare for an Amicable Divorce

ex-couple returning rings to lawyer, amicable divorce

The divorce process is rarely a completely painless experience. Even if you remain on good terms with your ex-partner, it can be emotionally painful to move on and separate from what you have built together. However, there are some things that you can do to make the divorce process smoother, quicker and less painful for… Read more »

Post-Lockdown Coparenting: How to Transition Your Child Arrangements

Father coparenting with his child - child arrangements post-lockdown

When the country first went into lockdown in March 2020, there was a great deal of confusion about whether the “stay at home” message for children of separated parents applied to them or not. The Government subsequently offered guidance to confirm that children from separated parents could move between two households. Despite this guidance, the… Read more »

Budget 2021: Capital Gains Tax and Divorce

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is payable on the disposal of an asset whether it is sold, gifted or whether you are ordered to transfer it as part of a court order. The “gain” is the difference in the value of the asset when it was acquired and its value when you dispose of it. In… Read more »

Blame in Divorce Proceedings

Couple arguing about bad behaviour during divorce process

As part of the divorce process, parties will often be asked to complete a ‘Form E’ setting out their financial position and confirming any special circumstances that they believe should be considered. When deciding how the assets of the marriage should be divided, people often question whether bad behaviour should be taken into account, but… Read more »

FAQs: Child Arrangements Order

happy single father and child following successful child arrangement order in place

Cheryl Haywood, Family Associate, answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Child Arrangement Orders. What Is a Child Arrangements Order? A child arrangements order is an order of the court setting out who a child shall live with and spend time with. For example, where two parents have separated and there are disagreements… Read more »

Nuptial Agreements: What Do the Courts Consider?

Nuptial agreements refer to either pre-nuptial agreements (entered into before marriage) or post-nuptial agreements (entered into after marriage). At present, nuptial agreements are not legally binding. This means that if an agreement is entered into and the relationship breaks down, the court has discretion and can move away from the terms of the agreement if… Read more »

Distributing Assets on Divorce – Long Marriage vs Short Marriage

distributing assets on divorce -how is this decided in long vs short marriages?

One of the factors taken into account by the Court when distributing assets on divorce is the length of time that the parties were married. Cheryl Haywood, Family Law Associate, discusses the differences between distributing assets in short term and long term marriages. For reference, a marriage is considered to be short if it lasts… Read more »

Managing Emotions During the Separation Process

The past few months have been emotionally challenging for many people. However, for couples who are trying to negotiate their way through a marriage breakdown, recent months have been especially difficult. Cheryl Haywood, Associate in the Family Law team, outlines how to prevent strong emotions causing further difficulties during the separation process. The majority of… Read more »