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What is Legal Aid?
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What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid is the use of public money to help pay for legal advice, family mediation and court representation. In order to receive Legal Aid in nearly all Divorce and Child Law cases, you need to be financially eligible. The government website can help you find out if you can receive legal aid: www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid As...

Finance and Property: When an agreement can’t be reached
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Finance and Property: When an agreement can’t be reached

If agreement cannot be reached between the divorcing partners directly or via mediation, then court action can be started by either. The process involves both partners submitting a great deal of information about their financial position and supporting documentary evidence. The court process can be quite difficult and lengthy and can involve completing various documents...

Making your informal Financial Agreement Official
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Making your informal Financial Agreement Official

Another question we often get is: “Do I need a Court document to rubber-stamp any agreement I reach with my partner?” If a financial agreement is reached between a couple, either with or without mediation, then normally that agreement is prepared as a draft Court Order by a solicitor (and not the mediator). Once the...

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Mediation: Finding Common Ground

Mediation is where the divorcing couple discuss how their assets (property, savings and more) will be divided alongside a trained mediator. Mediation can also be used to try and find an agreement about child arrangements, if nothing has been agreed. The mediator’s role is to help the couple reach agreement. We recommend mediation in most...

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Your Financial and Property Agreement Checklist

A regular question we get asked is: “Can my partner and I just agree how Finances and Property are split without spending money on solicitors?” My answer generally is: Yes, but please be careful. We understand that lots of people want to deal with finances and properties with minimal fuss (and minimal money spent on solicitors)....

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Finances and Property: What are you entitled to?

For many, a huge worry is what their financial position will look like before, during and after their divorce. The most common question we get therefore is: “what am I entitled to?” Unfortunately, the answer is “it all depends”. Let me explain: Many people fear that whoever contributed more money to the marriage will get...

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Finances, Property and the ‘Clean Break’

If you have shared assets with your husband, wife or civil partner then during the submission of your divorce online, you’ll be asked by the portal whether you ‘wish to obtain a Financial Order’. Many people need a Financial Order. These Orders can state many things such as how assets should be divided, whether properties...

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Starting a Divorce

Divorces are now processed online via the government’s divorce ‘portal’ which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/divorce/file-for-divorce You will need to create a (free) account to submit a Divorce. The process of creating an account doesn’t take very long to do. After creating an account, the portal will ask you a number of simple questions about...

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Divorce 2022: A Fresh Start with New Rules

Until April 2022, getting a Divorce could be quite complicated. This article sets out the ‘then’ and ‘now’ so you can see just how much easier the process is for anyone who begins their Divorce after April 2022. Before April 2022, those wanting to get a divorce would need a reason for getting one. Acceptable...