According to recent divorce statistics, 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce - however, despite this being a common phenomenon, it is still one of the more misunderstood areas of law. Adultery affects financial settlement Whilst adultery is grounds for divorce there is no financial compensation for adulterous behaviour. Getting a divorce costs a fortune It is possible, some would even say easy, to issue your own divorce proceedings through the court service website or by paying one of the online providers a relatively small fee. When people think about the cost of a divorce, they are often referring to the overall size of the settlement. Even the most hotly-contested divorce can cost less than an average wedding. Pensions are not worth taking into considerations Pensions are often accumulated in the background & their size is often underestimated. For couples who have been in a long term marriage or civil partnership the pension pot is likely to be one of their biggest assets and should be considered when looking at financial settlement during the divorce or dissolution. Everything is split 50-50 There is no set formula for dividing assets in a divorce. An equal sharing is often a starting point but there are many other factors to consider. Financial ties end on decree absolute Without a financial order you are still financially tied together and open to further financial claims even when you are divorced. So, say you inherit well in 10 years, your ex could make a claim for a proportion of the money. There is a well known case – Wyatt v Vince – in which a couple divorced, but did not have a final financial order in place. Kathleen Wyatt, successfully claimed settlement of £300,000, 20 years after they were divorced. If there are any assets or money that require division, you will need to seek specialist legal advice. Please call us on… [...]
One of our clients was wrongly arrested in connection with a recent murder in Tooting. The client, aged 17, had been walking 50m away from his home when he and his group of friends were stopped by the Police. Our client was told that he matched the description of the main suspect and thereby arrested for murder. The murder had taken place 20 mins before our client’s arrest. Our client was sporting a distinctive ‘man-bun’ hairstyle which seemed to be the main feature identified by witnesses when describing the suspect. He had never previously been arrested before and both he and his family were understandably shocked by the gravity of the allegations against him.
Thankfully, he exercised his right to a lawyer and we were able to assist him throughout his detention at the police station, and ultimately secure his release. Even though he was released under investigation, it is highly unlikely there will be any further action against him. He and his family were relieved that the whole ordeal had come to an end (relatively speedily!) and were grateful to us for all our hard work. The police have since identified and charged the real suspects.
Head of Crime, Harun Matin comments
This case highlights the fact that good proactive legal representation at the police station can have instant results. The client clearly benefitted from the advice given to him and even though it was a stressful situation, what could have been a prolonged case was thankfully much shorter.
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