What to do if your partner is a bully during your divorce

In an ideal world when two people divorce, they both part amicably and discuss the settlement together, arriving at a conclusion that is fair to both parties and for their family. However, although this situation is far more common than the mainstream media makes out, sometimes it is an unrealistic goal. Unfortunately, when some couples

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What happens when your ex finds someone new?

After your divorce there generally comes a time when your ex will find a new partner. Different people will have different emotions about this. Sometimes it is relief, other times it is painful. However, there are some practical things that also need to be considered. Children When your ex starts a new relationship, generally the

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Why you need to avoid comparing situations during your divorce

Divorce is not uncommon. Currently around 42% of marriages end in divorce in the UK. However, it is not something that people know much about until they have to go through it. When couples do split and divorce becomes inevitable, it is normal for each spouse to seek advice and reassurance from those they know

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How to stay healthy after a divorce

Divorce will affect every aspect of your life in the immediate aftermath. With time you will be able to move on from most things, unless you allow your divorce to affect your health. At the most serious end of the spectrum, stress from divorce can be attributed to strokes and heart attacks, but even at

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How to explain parental absence to a young child

Lone parents to very young children have a lot of responsibility to cope with.  One of the most difficult things is explaining the absence of the other parent to your child as they start to notice a difference between their family and that of their peers. This could be once they start nursery or primary

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5 things to avoid after your divorce

Being newly divorced is an unsettling experience. It is easy to feel lost and not know which direction your life should now go in. There is no right or wrong way to recover from a divorce and everyone’s situation is unique. Yet there are some behaviours and actions that can harm your recovery process. Here

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How to move on after a divorce

It is not an overstatement to say that a divorce is like a death. Anyone who has gone through a stressful and unwelcome divorce will need time to grieve. There is a grief for what has been lost, a grief for the future plans and a grief for the affect on the family. Not giving

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Are Pre-Nuptial Agreements Legal in England and Wales?

Pre-nuptial agreements, or pre-nups, are growing in popularity. They are often a feature of high profile, celebrity or high net worth divorces and discussed in the media. However, in England and Wales they are not legally binding. This can come as a surprise to divorcing couples who have signed a pre-nup. Should you still get

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How to maintain contact with grandchildren after the parents’ divorce

Divorce doesn’t just affect the couple, but also the children and extended family. Any grandparents who have had reduced contact with grandchildren after the parents have divorced will know this keenly. However, the law is on the side of grandparents and recognises the rights of children to have relationships with their grandparents, even if contact

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Should children decide who to live with after a divorce?

No one gets married and has children expecting to divorce and knowing how to divide the family so the children are impacted in the least possible way is not easy and there is no one answer. Presuming that there has been no domestic abuse and neither parent is going to be either a physical or

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Situations when you may need a family lawyer after a divorce

Once your divorce is completed it is time to move forward with your life to better things and to wave good bye to your divorce lawyer and the family law courts. However, there are times when you may need to seek legal advice again after your divorce, as situations change and your children grow. Change

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Can a biological father claim parental responsibility after the mother’s death?

There are many different family set ups throughout England and Wales and many different legal aspects to consider. Family law covers a wide variety of situations and many of our queries are about children and confusion over parental responsibility of the biological father. Parental Responsibility All mothers automatically have parental responsibility of their children. Fathers

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How to avoid divorce day

Across the Western World January sees more divorces than any other month. One day in particular sees a sharp rise in people deciding they are going to divorce. This is known as ‘divorce day.’ The extra strain that Christmas puts on couples and families leads to an increased number of couples splitting as soon as

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When is divorce day and why does is happen?

Throughout the year many couples take the decision to divorce for a huge variety of reasons. However, there is one day in particular when divorce lawyers are inundated with requests for representation and that day is known as divorce day. When is divorce day? Divorce day is generally on the first Monday in January. However,

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How and why cohabiting couples should protect themselves

It is by no means uncommon for couples to cohabit rather than marry. In fact, the majority of couples now choose to cohabit before marrying and many go on to have kids and buy a house, postponing the expensive and seemingly pointless wedding while life takes over. All the time everything is going well, this

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What silver divorcees need to consider

Gone are the times when people retire, draw their pension and sit in their arm chair, smoking a pipe and waiting for inevitable decline. With advances in modern medicine, increase in life expectancy and dramatic change in attitudes, hitting retirement no longer means an end, it means a beginning. The rise in ‘silver divorcees’ is

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How to parent when your partner leaves and never comes back

There is much emphasis in the media on one parent forbidding the other parent any access at all to their children. However, it is much harder for people to accept that sometimes a parent will simply walk out of a marriage and choose to rarely or never see their children again, despite the main parent

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Divorce advice not to listen to

If you are going through a divorce then undoubtedly friends, family and people you barely know will be gathering around with ‘helpful advice.’ Although most of it will be well-meaning, a lot of it may be wrong or misleading. Here are some common things that people will say to you that you really should consider

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