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Five less well known facts about separation and divorce

Posted 07 December 2015 by Dawn Pennell

1. In order to divorce you must have been married for at least one year, your relationship has to have permanently broken down and your marriage must be one that is legally recognised in the UK. 2. A legal separation allows you to live apart without divorcing or ending a civil partnership. A Judicial Separation Petition is filed with the Court. You do not have to demonstrate that your marriage has broken down irretrievably. You may want a legal separation if, for example, you have religious reasons for not getting divorced, have been married for less than a year or want time to work out if...

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Can I make a Financial Claim – Years after my Divorce has Finished?

Posted 07 December 2015 by Wendy Brighton

You may have heard on the news in March, a case decided in the Supreme Court which allowed a wife to bring a financial claim against her ex-husband 27 years after the breakdown of their marriage and 19 years after the actual divorce. I think the first response to this news was ‘What a crazy decision!’ It is true to say that the circumstances of the case were not exactly run of the mill, so does that mean that there could now be many cases brought by ex-wives (or ex-husbands) claiming financial support years after their divorce was made final? The interesting facts of this cas...

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Six ways to Save your Estate Inheritance Tax

Posted 03 December 2015 by Richard Tinkler

You’ve no doubt heard the expression that the only certainties in life are taxes and death. There’s not much we can do about the latter but there is something we can do about the former, at least where inheritance tax (‘IHT’) is concerned and this article is going to share with you how that could be possible. When we die, we have a nil rate band (at time of writing) of £325,000 which is how much we can give away before inheritance tax starts being payable at 40% above this threshold. Let’s take a look at what you might be able to do to save your estate IH...

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Inheriting Assets in the Digital Age – What you need to know

Posted 03 December 2015 by Richard Tinkler

As we all know, everything seems to be able to be done online now. And this includes everything from online banking to dealing with investments and other financial matters online. There’s no doubt that a great number of us are doing more and more online with the result that we’re perhaps having less paperwork than ever before. The result of this is that when we die and if we have assets held digitally, it can be very hard for the people who deal with our estate (executors if we have a valid will, administrators if we don’t) to actually ascertain what we do and don’t ...

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