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(April) Pension Reforms and their significance to those divorced or seeking divorce

1st April sees the introduction of the government’s pension reforms which were announced in last years’  budget.  Though they have been widely reported very little has been said about the…Read More

Decree Absolute cuts the ties, but not the purse strings

Ask yourself this question... If you were married for three years, had a child together then separated, would you think it right that the assets of the relationship should be…Read More

Prenuptial and Post-nuptial Agreements: What’s all the Fuss About?

You are no doubt becoming more aware of the concept of Prenuptial and Post-Nuptial agreements. They are now frequently mentioned in the media and on solicitor’s websites. However, often very…Read More

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…Read More

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…Read More

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…Read More

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,…Read More

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…Read More

Trust between spouses at the time of divorce

ORJ Family Law Solicitor David Smith outlines some of the typical financial issues arising from separation and divorce. Upon divorce, trust between spouses can fall to an all-time low. This…Read More

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…Read More