5 things to NEVER say to your divorce lawyer

1. "I get paid cash in hand" The phrase  "cash in hand" strikes fear into the heart of any decent divorce lawyer. Do they need to report you to the Financial Crime Agency? Probably, but there’s a mammoth amount of paperwork and general faffing involved. They’ll have to dust off their firm’s money laundering manual to check who the Money…


Spousal Maintenance should not be considered a mealticket for life

Mills v Mills - Divorced but not done ... Mills v Mills saw the Supreme Court uphold a decision of a First-Instance Judge by agreeing that the ex-wife should not have her spousal maintenance payments increased after 16 years of being divorced. After 16 years of divorce, surely Mr Mills has met his responsibilities? Mrs Mills received a lump sum…


What happens if I give up work once I’ve had children?

What happens to spouses who choose to give up work to raise a family? Do they prejudice themselves if they later divorce? No. It is well-established law that a stay-at-home parent’s contribution to family life is equal to the other spouse’s financial contributions. How does this work in reality? If Mr Smith is going out to work every day, and…


What does it mean when my ex has 'severed the joint tenancy'?

To answer this question, you firstly need to understand the difference between holding a property as joint tenants versus holding a property as tenants in common. 1. Joint Tenants: this means if Owner A dies, their share of the house automatically passes to Owner B, and vice versa. It also means there is a very strong presumption that the parties…


Avoid this mistake if you are going through a separation!

Going through a relationship breakdown can be one of the most difficult things to deal with, no matter who you are. No doubt you may be very emotional and need support from friends and family. You may also need to start unravelling your lives together, especially if there is jointly owned property to be dealt with or if you have…

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