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Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Web App Provides Help for Separated Parents

The Government has launched an easy-to-use web app, called "Sorting out Separation", featuring an innovative and interactive tool, which offers parents personalised advice and shows where they can access further support.

Sorting out Separation is a one-stop-shop for any parent going through a separation. It covers everything from how to avoid a separation to coping with the emotional impact of breaking up, accessing legal or housing support and arranging child maintenance.

The app can be found here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Resolution Guide

National family law association Resolution has produced a useful guide to non-confrontational ways of resolving disputes upon separation, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration. You can find the guide here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Family Lore Clinic

Just a quick note to mention a new series of posts that I am doing on Family Lore, which may be of interest to readers of Do Your Own Divorce. In Family Lore Clinic I attempt to answer questions asked by readers of Family Lore, many of which will be relevant to those going through divorce. So, if you have a question, head over to the Clinic - it may have been answered!

If the question hasn't (yet) been answered in the Clinic, then head over to my earlier series of Questions and Answers posts - there is a good chance that it may have been answered there.

(Note that the law is as stated at the date of the post, and that the posts are necessarily a simplification of the law. If you require more details or specific advice, you should consult a specialist family lawyer.)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Financial Advice on Divorce

There are many reasons why you may require financial advice after getting divorced.

The most common scenarios are where you have received a lump sum that you need to invest and where you have received a share of your former spouse's pension that you need to put into a pension of your own.

These are not the sort of matters upon which a divorce lawyer is qualified to advise. Instead, you will need to consult an Independent Financial Advisor ('IFA'). An IFA can advise you as to your options and arrange the investments you choose for you.

If you would like details of an IFA who can help you, please email me: john@familylore.co.uk.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Changes to Legal Aid

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill has now received Royal Assent. It includes substantial changes to the scope of legal aid, which are due to be implemented on the 1st April 2013. Accordingly, from that date legal aid will not be available for most family matters, including residence/contact disputes and sorting out finances on divorce.