A fresh start and Celebrity divorces: our round-up of news for January 2019

If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From our blog:

New year, new start

If you're thinking of a fresh start in 2019, talk to a lawyer first. See our checklist of what to look for in a quality divorce lawyers, to ensure you get the level of attention you deserve.

Headline-grabbing celebrity divorces of 2018

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Our annual roundup of the major celebrity divorce cases of 2018, from Aniston to Trump.


From our social media:

‘I couldn’t fight to get my children back’: the impact of legal aid cuts

A mother, a pensioner and others tell of trying to access justice without representation.


How London divorce judges are curbing ‘meal ticket for life

An interesting article from the Guardian
Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court, said in an April speech to Resolution, an association representing family lawyers, that she sees the goal of divorce settlements as being able to give each party an equal start on the road to independent living.


A difficult decision to have to take

Is it cruel to consider a Dementia divorce? You vowed to stay together in sickness and in health - but when your spouse is lost in a twilight world, more and more of us face a heartbreaking dilemma, says this top lawyer.


Gender gap again!

Divorced women over 50 end up with pensions worth £100,000 less than their ex-partners.


Half of $137billion - Now that would be a settlement to beat all!

At least that looks likely in the divorce between Amazon CEO and his wife. As Amazon is based, in Washington which is a community property state, so assets accrued during the marriage must be split equally in a divorce.


Another conquest for Lady Hale!

Courtroom to catwalk? Lady Hale appears in Vogue magazine to mark 100 years of women in law.

Resources for parents and carers

Confused about Cafcass? An excellent explanation of how the organisation gets involved on the request of the court, to reach a 'safe agreement' about your children. Also an excellent video at the end; well worth 4 mins of any divorcing parent's time.


The oligarch, his ex-wife and their bitter £450m divorce. Enter Interpol…

Now the oligarch calls on Interpol. The continuing saga of the mega-rich in divorce procedures.


Divorce most likely to cause emotional damage to children aged seven to 14, study finds

It’s the first British study to investigate the links between divorce and the mental wellbeing of children and was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.


Unmarried couples who live together have no legal rights & I should know

A heartfelt story, shows how again that 'common-law' doesn't exist in law!


Family judge praised for ditching legal jargon so child can understand judgment

Now that's plain English! So it's clear for all parties.