No Fault Divorce

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  At present, couples wishing to start divorce proceedings within the first two years of separation have to rely on one of the ‘fault-based’ facts, i.e. adultery or unreasonable behaviour.  This can cause unnecessary animosity and upset for couples that have simply grown apart and don’t want to have to ‘blame’ the other party.

Divorcing Couples living together during lockdown

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Due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic, divorcing or separating couples are often having to live together, and spend much more time with each other, whilst the divorce proceedings are ongoing.  This inevitably means added pressure for what is already a stressful time.

How best to support children during the Divorce Process

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Very often with divorcing couples, particularly after a long marriage, there are often children involved, and in a way, they will go through the divorce process with you. It is so important that you treat them in a sensitive, age appropriate manner and understand that how you decide to do this will have repercussions for many years.

Why getting an online divorce can cost you much more than you think

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Since the introduction of the online divorce system, we see more and more clients attempting to represent themselves, particularly during the lockdown periods.  Clients believe that this is the cheaper option but are unaware as to the true cost of an online divorce, as the absence of legal advice can separating couples unable to adequately rehouse themselves and their children.  Furthermore, couples mistakenly believe that getting divorced severs the financial ties between them but this is not the case. Until a clean break is achieved, parties can make financial claims against each other’s income, assets and pensions, even when these have been accrued post separation. We see all too often cases where parties believed that financial matters were resolved as an agreement was reached between them at the time of separation but many years later, one party reneges on that agreement and makes an application to the court for a financial order.  This not also costs in terms of legal fees due to the added complications of delay, but also financially if you have to part with assets or an… Read more »

Can I get divorced in Lockdown?

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Can I still access legal advice during lockdown? Yes.  Our offices remain open during lockdown and we have safety measures in place to ensure that government advice is adhered to for the safety of our clients and staff.  If however you prefer to have a meeting by telephone, that is something that we can of course accommodate.

Heather Broadfield

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Heather Broadfield

Heather qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and has specialised in family and matrimonial law throughout her career. She joined Dootsons in 2020 having previously headed a family department at a firm in Cheshire.  Heather is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers.

Interruption to Residential Possession Claims – Covid 19 Update

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In an important announcement concerning residential landlord and tenant matters, the courts have confirmed that all possession claims have been suspended for 90 days so will likely recommence no earlier than July. Possession notices must also give greater warning, namely a minimum of 3 months.

James Cullen

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James qualified in 1994. He has been a partner in large firms in London and the North West. His practice area is Commercial Property including the property aspects of corporate transactions. He has a  particular specialism in property development, having acted for public bodies, institutions, landowners and national house builders on major projects throughout his career.