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Mar 24

Pre-nuptial agreements: helping to protect wealth on divorce

Raworths' Head of Family Carmelita Ardren discusses pre-nuptial agreements as an important tool to protect wealth on divorce. Significant family wealth rarely “just happens”. It comes from years of hard...

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Mar 24

DIY Divorce: some common risks and misconceptions

Ellie Foster, Legal Director in the family law team at Raworths, highlights some common risks and misconceptions about DIY divorce. Consulting a lawyer is viewed as acceptable when buying a...

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Mar 24

Divorce: choosing the right approach for you

Raworths’ Head of Family Carmelita Ardren highlights some options available when considering divorce. Is there such a thing as a ‘good divorce’? We think there can be. A ‘good divorce’...

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Mar 24

Mind the gap – sharing pension assets on divorce

Pension assets will often be one of the most substantial assets on divorce or partnership breakdown and can often be as valuable as the equity in the family home (and...

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Jan 24

Travelling abroad with children – a guide for separated parents

Taking your child on a holiday abroad is not always as simple as booking, paying for the holiday and enjoying the countdown. If you are separated from the child’s other...

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Jan 24

Getting a fair share on divorce

On 1 November 2023, the Nuffield Foundation released its final report on 'Fair Shares? Sorting out money and property on divorce'. This major research project, involving a survey of 2,415...

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Jan 24

How to protect yourself online during your divorce

January has long been reported as seeing an increase in new divorce enquiries following the festive period and the welcoming of a new year. In recent years, technology has further...

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Dec 23

Separated parents – top tips to help families during the festive period

As Christmas approaches, we all start to think about our plans for the festive period. Often these plans centre around family. This can be a stressful time with 101 things...

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Nov 23

Why should you consider having a cohabitation agreement?

Family law specialist Ellie Foster at Raworths discusses cohabitation agreements and why you should consider one if you live with your partner. The number of cohabiting couples (both opposite-sex and...

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Jun 23

Are Humanist Marriages Legally Valid?

The law in England and Wales permits both civil marriage and religious marriage. However, there is no specific provision for marriages to be conducted according to any other system of...

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Jun 23

Surrogacy – time for a change

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of children being born to a Surrogate. Sadly, surrogacy laws have failed to keep pace. As a result, the...

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Jun 23

Divorce Leave Scheme proposals – what employers need to know

Many people have experienced a relationship breakdown, be it separation or a divorce, often with significant personal consequences.  It is understandable therefore that this time can be upsetting, stressful, emotionally...

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Jun 23

Raworths’ Head of Family recognised for her specialism in family law

Carmelita Ardren, Head of Family at Raworths, has been recognised once again by a leading national organisation, Resolution, for her specialism in family law in the resolution of complex financial...

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Apr 23

Pensions and divorce

The treatment of pensions on divorce can be a complex area to navigate.  This is exacerbated if either or both of the parties to a divorce has associated potential or...

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Apr 23

50 years on: a review of the law of finances on divorce

Following the very welcome introduction of ‘no fault divorce’ in April 2022, the government has now asked the Law Commission to review the legislation that governs how a couple’s financial...

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Mar 23

Set aside: Right outcome, wrong route?

This article written by Ellie Foster, Legal Director, Family team at Raworths Solicitors was first published in January 2023 in Family Law Journal (Legalease) www.lawjournals.co.uk In Goodyear, it was necessary...

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Feb 23

Capital gains tax treatment of assets on divorce

Ellie Foster is a Legal Director in the Family team at Raworths.  In this article Ellie looks at the draft legislation recently published by the government relating to proposed changes...

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Sep 22

English pension orders following an overseas divorce

English pension orders following an overseas divorce An article written by Ellie Foster, Legal Director, Family team at Raworths Solicitors which was first published in May 2022 in International Family...

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Apr 22

No Fault Divorce – update from 6 April 2022

Having recently had the opportunity to watch the BBC drama “The Split” I found that it highlighted the concerns that many family lawyers have had for a number of years,...

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Nov 21

Getting a pension health check

A recent decision by the Pensions Ombudsman has again highlighted the sometimes precarious financial position occupied by cohabiting couples and their relative lack of rights compared to their married counterparts....

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Sep 21

Who gets the dog on divorce?

We’re a nation of animal lovers and if press reports are anything to be believed, this has been illustrated clearly in lockdown, with many households succumbing to the temptation of...

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Sep 21

Pensions and Divorce

A new report has again highlighted the gender inequality in pension wealth and its potential impact on pension outcomes on divorce. The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA),...

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Jun 21

Is it worth paying for a private Financial Dispute Resolution?

For most people, (particularly those without children), one of the most important stages of a separation is the financial settlement. When managed badly it can fuel acrimony and dispute, cause...

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Apr 21

Understanding the importance of pensions during divorce

As my colleague Claire Hunter explained in her article here ("what will happen to my pension during divorce"), pensions can be some of the most valuable assets in a marriage...

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Nov 20

Unmarried couples who are separating – what happens to your property?

When deciding to live together, understandably many unmarried couples do not think about what would happen with their property if their relationship came to an end. However, when relationships do...

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Feb 20

The rise of the blended family: how to plan for the future

In recent years, the term blended families has had increased media exposure. Blended families occur when two people get married, perhaps for the second or third time, usually later in...

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Feb 20

What is collaborative law and could it work for me? A Royal solution.

Collaborative Law, as the name implies, means working with a former partner towards a common goal, rather than approaching matters in a positional and adversarial way. Trying to reach an...

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Jan 20

Family Mediation – what is it?

During Family Mediation Week (20-24 January 2020) Jo Lofthouse looks at the role Mediation can play in a divorce During the first couple of months of a New Year, many...

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Nov 19

Your Relationship Status and Your Will

Have you ever considered how your relationship status affects your will? Marriage, separation, divorce and reconciliation all have an impact on your final wishes and can have unexpected consequences that...

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