Dividing assets in a short marriage

Short marriage example: Sharp v Sharp 2017 It has long been the case that the family courts divide assets on divorce by reference to the “yardstick of equality”; following the then land-mark case of White v White over 17 years ago. Many practitioners have taken this to mean an equal 50/50 split, although that is […]

Maintenance for life?

 A cautionary note for Financial Advisors I am presently involved with a challenging but very interesting case involving the variation of spousal maintenance following divorce. My case involves the variation of a joint lives order for periodical payments, made upon the parties’ divorce some 17 years ago or put more simply, an application by the […]

Paying for divorce

It is fair to say divorce (and relationship breakdown for unmarried couples) is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. My clients often tell me that what compounds stress levels is when essential legal advice seems unaffordable. Understandably, both parties want to preserve or secure what they each perceive to be their […]

Financial provision on divorce

The purpose of this article is to explain how the court distributes assets and income on divorce. There is no standard formula for calculating appropriate financial provision on divorce. Instead, the Court has a duty to consider all the circumstances of the case to take into account a range of specific statutory factors set out […]

Should Victims of Domestic Abuse be Cross Examined by Alleged Perpetrators?

Our Family Law Solicitor, Sara Anderson focuses on victims of domestic abuse in this article, and asks the question, should they be cross examined by alleged perpetrators? For a number of years there has been a debate about whether alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse should be allowed to cross examine their victims in the family […]

‘Calm before the storm’ for divorce law firm

Sara Anderson, a Solicitor at Stafford-based divorce law firm provides some useful advice for couples who may not be looking forward to the Christmas holidays. Tick tock, tick tock! The big day is nearly upon us and many of us will be rushing round to get everything sorted before the 25th of December. It is […]

Father’s Day Child Arrangements

Did you have amicable child arrangements for Father’s Day? Father’s Day is often a wonderful celebratory time for many families. However, it can also be a painful reminder of difficult circumstances if you are unable to spend time with your children on this special day. It can be the small things that can make you feel […]

DISPUTES ABOUT CHILDREN: What happens following a separation when you are accused of being an unfit parent?

Head of Family Law and Solicitor at ORJ Solicitors, Pavneet Matharu, explains the process of clearing your name and re-establishing contact with your children. There is a common misconception that mothers are favoured as primary carers of children over fathers but, in fact, the Family Court presumes that both parents should be equally involved their […]

Pensions on Divorce

At ORJ we are routinely instructed to advise spouses on their pension rights upon divorce. The following sets out the basics for clients to be aware of.   Pension rights are important The law says that when a married couple divorce and divide their assets, pension rights must be taken into account.   What happens to a pension […]

The no fault divorce – does it exist?

It has been argued many a time in recent years by politicians, lawyers and relationship experts alike that the current laws relating to divorce in the UK simply do not reflect the reality that, for many divorcing couples in today’s society, neither the husband nor the wife are to ‘blame’ for the breakdown of the […]

Divorce and Separation: Who gets to keep the holiday home?

Until the 2007 credit crunch easy borrowing allowed many of us to purchase our dream holiday home in the sun. However for many this has now turned into a negative equity nightmare. Added into the mix of trying to achieve a financial settlement in a marriage breakdown it becomes a ticking bomb that no wants […]

Top Tips for Choosing A Family Solicitor

Dealing with family law issues can be very stressful which is why it is important to take great care when choosing a family solicitor. Even in the most amicable situations, emotions are often running high whilst a resolution is sought. The last thing you need is additional stress and worry.  But picking the wrong family solicitor, or wrong […]