The traditional way of resolving disputes on divorce or separation was to go to court. Now couples can choose other ways to reach agreements instead of having a solution imposed on them.
Whether or not you have children, on divorce the Court can order that spousal maintenance payments are made by a spouse with more than enough income to meet their income needs, to a spouse with insufficient income to meet their income needs. This has recently been referred to in the press as a “meal ticket for life”.
How do you maintain relationships with children when parents separate?
When you hear this question, it is a time for celebration and making plans for the future. But does your legal position change? Are there legal issues to consider even before you are married?
Here are a few points to consider from our specialist family lawyers Nicola Codd and Barbara Richardson.
The recent case of Owens has highlighted a potential situation where one spouse has to prove that the other has behaved unreasonably in order to obtain a divorce. This allows one party to the marriage to effectively stop the divorce by claiming that their behaviour was not unreasonable. Such a claim is not going to mend the marriage, causes serious emotional distress which is likely to impact on all family members, and often causes financial hardship, not to mention a significant increase in legal fees.
When you separate the process of getting divorced can seem like an expensive, out of control, minefield but it doesn’t have to be. Be kind to yourself and your children and access support. Family and friends or professionals can all be helpful depending upon the level of support your situation requires.