Article Tag: Separating couples

Separating parents: putting your children’s needs first

It was recently announced that Manchester-based actor and comedian John Thomson is separating from his wife after 10 years of marriage. The ex-couple who have two children have declared their intentions to remain friends and co-parent their daughters. Publicly declaring such intentions is a good start to any future care arrangements for your children. However, in… Read more »

Nothing much to divide so no need for a financial order….?

Ever increasing court costs and lack of Legal Aid has meant many separating couples have simply sold up and walked away without any legally binding agreement or order. In this week’s decision by the Supreme Court in Wyatt -v- Vince, the court have permitted an ex wife to proceed with a financial claim against her… Read more »

Mediation: can it really be free?

The Ministry Of Justice has recently announced that some mediation sessions will be funded by the government, but all that is on offer is that separating couples will be offered one free session if one of them is already in receipt of legal aid for help with mediation. In reality though, few cases are resolved… Read more »

Capital gains tax rules change for separating couples

The government announced in the 2013 Autumn statement that there will be some changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) from 5 April 2014, which may motivate those separating to act promptly and reach an agreement in relation to the former family home. Currently if you and your partner own and live in a house which… Read more »

Separation agreements, for peace of mind in a separation

If you are separating from your spouse or civil partner but have decided not to divorce at this stage, you still need to be careful when resolving finances, even where the position is amicable. There is no guarantee that it will be amicable in the longer term. It is not uncommon for a separation to… Read more »

DIY divorce?

You may be aware that legal aid for almost all family cases will cease to be available from April 2013, meaning that people will now either have to instruct a solicitor and pay privately – or take the DIY approach. “Litigants in person” as they are called, face representing themselves in complex cases where they… Read more »