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No Fault Divorce – The Amicable Split

In 2022, the archaic divorce system, that has been place in this country since the 1970’s is going to be replaced with a new law fit for the 21st century. Under the current law those couples who have not been separated for 2 years or more have no choice but to blame or criticise the …

If We Divorce, Do We Have To Go To Court?

A divorce in the jurisdiction of England and Wales is a formal set of legal proceedings and involves an application to the Family court, in the form of a divorce petition. The vast majority of divorces proceed on what is known as an undefended basis. In essence, this means that it is agreed that the …

Why Pensions Are Important

In many divorces, pensions are often the most valuable asset that exists after the family home. For this reason it is extremely important to ensure that any proposed financial settlement reflects their significance. Whilst there a number of ways that pensions can be distributed as a part of a divorce settlement, the 2 most common …

How to Resolve Your Family Dispute – The Alternatives to Mediation

In last month’s article I considered the benefits of mediation. Whilst mediation is likely to be the swiftest and most cost effective way forwards in finding a resolution to your family dispute it is not always suitable or appropriate. If for whatever reason mediation is not possible, then there are a number of alternatives including: …

What Is A Pre-Nuptial Agreement and Should I Get One?

A prenuptial agreement is a document made prior to marriage setting out the couple’s intentions as to the ownership of assets, liabilities, incomes and inheritances (including those that are yet to be received) and how these will be divided in the event that the marriage breaks down. It is important to appreciate that whilst an …

Update On The Impact Of Coronavirus On Employment

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME This was supposed to end on 31 October and be replaced by the Job Support Scheme, due to come into effect on 1 November. However, following the announcement of lockdown 2.0 the Government has decided to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme [CJRS] until 1 December. Under the extended scheme employees …

Job Support Scheme from 1 November

To offer further and additional support to viable UK employers who face lower demand due to COVID-19, and to help retain their employees, the government will be introducing a new Job Support Scheme from 1 November 2020. Employees must work a minimum of 33% of their usual hours. For each hour that the employee does …

WiFi Wills – Beware of the headlines

One of the many challenges of ‘lockdown’ was the signing and witnessing of Wills. The rules for correctly signing Wills in England were set out in the Wills Act 1837 which, strangely enough, did not envisage the digital developments of our age (being more for the realms of science fiction). The Act clearly states that …

Charitable Legacies and Inheritance Tax Liability

The number of estates leaving charitable legacies fell from 37,637 to 33,120 between 2018 and 2019, the first decline in a decade, according to Smee & Ford’s Legacy Trends Report 2020. Reported total legacy income was GBP2.9 billion in the year, down from GBP3 billion in each of the previous two years. Charitable estates were …

The office re-think

In this brave new post Covid-19 world what was previously considered a beautiful office suite complete with glass conference room and an open floor plan is newly imbued with a sense of danger. It is quite likely we will see a return to partitioning, or glass perspex screens in the short term to make existing …

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