Separated but not divorced – types of separation

Separation When spouses are not living together they may consider themselves separated – but what does that mean in the eyes of the Law? How the Law and a court looks upon a separation when a couple separate but do not divorce can depend upon the type of...

Tips for an amicable divorce

Divorce may never be easy but it doesn’t have to be stressful, expensive and time consuming. If you approach it in the right way it may not be a pleasant experience but it can certainly be made less painful. Here are some tips for an amicable divorce. 1....

Varying spousal maintenance orders

Spousal Maintenance Orders for maintenance (or periodical payments) can always be varied, suspended or discharged on the grounds of changed circumstances (Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 section 31). The basis of an application to vary a maintenance order is therefore a...

Lost decree absolute

If you are getting remarried or have to prove your marital status for whatever reason you will have to show an original decree absolute as proof that you got divorced. If it has been lost, destroyed with all other reminders of a past life, or you simply can’t...

Is no fault divorce on the horizon?

Our divorce law dates from 1973. It has been 43 years since there have been any substantial changes to the law. Now as then, you have to show by way of the 5 facts that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. One spouse has to allege adultery or unreasonable...

Freezing Orders

Freezing Injunctions On the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership, a freezing order can be made to prevent one party from disposing of assets before the financial issues have been resolved in order to reduce what the other party might receive as a settlement....