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No-Fault Divorce Reform | Cutting the cost of divorce

The UK’s divorce laws are undergoing a transformation. From the 6th April 2022 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (the ‘DDSA’) brings substantial changes to the divorce process in England and Wales. The Act provides for the biggest reform of divorce law in fifty years and aims to reduce conflict between couples legally ending a marriage or civil partnership.

Beyond Divorce | Making a clean break

When you are considering divorce, it is common to think about the here and now; you might be worried about how your finances will be impacted by going from a household with two incomes to one, what will happen to the family home or deciding how and when you will have contact with your children.

10 top tips for single parents seeking to get financial support from another parent

Rhiannon Lloyd, Barrister at 4PB gives the 10 top tips for single parents seeking to get financial support from another parent.

Financially, what to do when it first dawns on you that your marriage might be over

Hannah Gumbrill-Ward, Solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood comments on first things to consider financially when you think. your marriage might be over.

Hegarty solicitors share a new free parenting guide for separating families.

This guide offer tips for families going through divorce and separation, including discussing divorce with your children, providing reassurance, and making decisions and plans.

Online Divorce | Divorce in a digital age

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen technology accelerate the delivery of many services, and legal services are not an exception. Even prior to the pandemic, the legal system has been facing pressure to improve the way services are delivered and increase the efficiency and use of technology. In 2018 HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) launched a trial online portal for family legal services. From 4 October 2021 the use of the online divorce portal became mandatory.

Appointing a Guardian for my children

A will is something that most of us don’t like to think too much about and hope that it won’t be needed for a long time, but it is, however, a very important document for protecting your family’s future, not just financially but also ensuring they will be cared for should you not be able to.

The new normal: Knowing your employment rights

Many employees have found work has changed beyond recognition as a result of the pandemic. The employment law team at Hegarty Solicitors offers advice to ensure you know your rights at work.

Does the Family Court favour mothers when deciding child arrangements?

Does the Family Court favour mothers when deciding child arrangements? Family law specialist Grainne Fahy, partner at law firm BLM, considers how Family Court attitudes towards parents has shifted, and what this means for separating couples attempting to agree childcare arrangements today. Has there historically been a bias in Family Courts towards mothers?

A Day in the Life of a Family Solicitor, Julia Weber of Hegarty Solicitors

Legal dramas are quite likely to make lawyers laugh out loud or shout at the TV in frustration due to the ‘why let a good story get in the way of the facts’ approach. Reality programmes can accurately show the day to day life of many occupations, for example the police and medics, but let’s face it – no one is likely to make a reality programme featuring ‘High Street’ solicitors anytime soon. So, what’s it really like?

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