Arbitration In Family Law: A Case Study

There are various different approaches available for reaching a financial settlement in divorce. For most clients, they also wish to avoid the court process if they can.

In my previous blog – Arbitration: A New Approach to Resolving Finances in Divorce, a qualified arbitrator set out what the arbitration process is.

I have now had the opportunity to interview Vanessa McMurtrie an experienced family law solicitor and partner at Hart Brown solicitors in Woking, to talk about her..

How Are Pensions Approached in Divorce?

Many of my clients describe a big concern about the uncertainty around the financial outcome of their divorce. They worry about what financial settlement they will receive and whether this will be sufficient for them to move forward with their life.

Before negotiations can begin to reach a financial settlement, the couple divorcing need to collect together full details of their financial positions. I often get asked questions about how pensions are taken in to account in a divorce.

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Foods to Avoid When Struggling with the Stress of Divorce

Stress, anxiety and depression can be common symptoms of divorce. During this time, it is important to take good care of yourself, to be in the best position possible for dealing with the various challenges of your divorce. I can often be heard advising my clients to focus on “taking control of the controllables and letting go of things they do not have control over”. What we choose to eat and drink is something we have control over and..

8 Types of Affair And How They Can Affect Your Marriage

I work with many clients whose relationship difficulties have been contributed to by “inappropriate extra-marital relationships”.

In my other blog Not All Affairs End In Divorce, I talk about how not all “cheating” leads to the end of a marriage. I do know of couples who have survived cheating but this is not always possible and everyone’s situation is completely different. 

Andrew G. Marshall, in his book “How Can I Ever Trust You Again?” advises that when someone..

8 Factors To Consider When Looking For A New Home

When a couple divorce, consideration needs to be given to the future housing needs of each of them and of course the children. The family law solicitors involved in the case will advise their respective client as to how this is approached in the legal process.

The possible sale of the family home as part of the divorce settlement can be difficult for the family to face. The sale may not be a voluntary decision and as such, arranging the..

Checklist For Moving House From A Residential Property Expert

Moving house and getting divorced are each described as one of the most stressful things you can do in life. It can, of course, be particularly challenging if you are facing both at the same time.

To help provide expert guidance about moving house, I have collaborated on this 2 part blog series with experienced residential property finder, Sally Rule.

In Part 1, Sally gave advice on the factors to consider when choosing your new property. Here she provides us with..

Getting Divorced? Don’t Forget To Consider Your Retirement Plans…

During their marriage, couples may well have discussed ideas for a joint retirement plan, perhaps agreeing at what age each will retire, and what they both want their life to be like in retirement.

Plans may have been put in place some time ago, including steps for financial planning, e.g. saving money to retire to live in the countryside etc.

Unfortunately, however, should the couple divorce, these plans will now be turned upside down. I work with clients of all..

What Are The Benefits Of Working With A Chartered Financial Planner During Divorce?

Resolving financial matters to reach a financial settlement is usually what takes the time (and costs the most money) in getting divorced.

You get one chance to get the financial agreement right, so it is well worth making sure things are done properly and you feel comfortable with the agreement reached.

There are various different options available to help you and your spouse reach an agreement, and these are covered in my blog – How Do I Approach Getting A..

How A Divorce Consultant Can Help With Your Solicitor Meetings

For many people, instructing a divorce solicitor, may be their first experience of working with a solicitor. This could be a daunting prospect and it is important for the client to feel as comfortable and confident as possible with the solicitor they choose to work with.

The solicitor is a crucial member of the divorcing person’s support team during this challenging time in their life. (For information on other members I recommend for your support team, see my blog –..

Moving On From Divorce: A Client’s Personal Story…

Divorce involves both an end and a beginning. Letting go of a marriage is difficult but it is also an opportunity to embrace what can turn out to be a happy future.

Here is what one of my clients did to help her to move on…

“When I first realised my marriage was ending I was approaching 50 and as far as I could see, life was over. As the shock wore off  I started believing that everything was going..