Family / Article Family Law and Those New Year Blues
For many couples the New Year starts with a decision by one or other partner to end the relationship, leading to a busy time for divorce lawyers.
Family / Article A reconciliation contract – an alternative to divorce?
A reconciliation contract is made after marriage and seeks to try and make a last attempt at keeping the parties together
Family / Article Child contact at Christmas: make a clear plan
For separated families, Christmas contact arrangements need to be precisely stipulated in advance.
Family / Article DIY divorce
Carrying out a 'DIY divorce' as opposed to using a lawyer has its risks. Make sure you're aware of your rights.
Family / Article Marriage vs. cohabitation
More couples are deciding to cohabit (live together) rather than get married or enter into a civil partnership. But does this make any difference as far as legal rights are concerned?
Family / Article Dividing the marital assets in a divorce
How a Jersey court decides how best to divide the marital assets in a divorce
Family / Article It’s not you, nor me: is the concept of ‘no fault divorce’ on the cards?
There has been a lot of media coverage lately regarding “activists” who are seeking reform of the current divorce laws in the UK (and in Jersey) to include a “no fault” way of bringing about a divorce. What are the pros and cons?
Family / Article The “boomerang generation” & divorce
With more adult children returning to live at home, what happens if their parents have divorced?
Family / Article Parental Responsibility – have you got consent for travelling as a single parent with children?
Separated or divorced? What you need to know before taking your children abroad
Family / Article Social media & relationship breakdown
Anyone involved in relationship breakdown needs to be extremely careful on social media
Family / Article Child maintenance: what rate is right?
When couples with children separate, one of their primary concerns, whether they are married or not, is ensuring that the children are supported financially. In legal terms, this is known as child maintenance.
Family / Article Can spousal maintenance ever be forever?
For many divorcing couples, coming to an agreement over their finances is often the most difficult part of the marriage breakup; and in virtually all cases, divorcing couples need legal advice on both capital and income.
Family / Article Top tips for keeping divorce costs down
There are a number of simple steps that clients can take to help keep costs to a reasonable level.
Family / Article Divorce d-day
The fanfare for the arrival of divorce Friday as it appears every year in the newspapers shortly after Christmas.
Family / Article Parental responsibility, residence & contact – Children Law in Jersey
The new Law completely changes much of the previous law regarding parents and their children. The new law also impacts on, and gives rights to, people such as grandparents and step parents.
Family / Article Inherited assets & dividing these in a divorce
Increasingly family lawyers are being asked about inherited assets and how these should be treated when the marriage breaks down.
Family / Article Divorce: what about the children?
Some statistics relating to divorce and the impact on children have the power to shock.
Family / Article Divorce with dignity
Divorce is unfortunately a booming industry both in the UK and here in Jersey, and all too often the legal costs involved can be financially disastrous for the couple involved.
Family / Article Fast cars, hiding assets, expensive new partners…
Conduct during a divorce has become an issue - hiding assets and the effect on divorce proceedings.
Family / Article Has divorce law now gone too far in favour of women?
Does divorce favour women more than men in particular for high earners?
Family / Article No more rummaging in bins!
Family lawyers are familiar with their client turning up at the office with financial documents that they have found whilst searching at home.
Family / Article Should the law change be changed for unmarried couples – gay or heterosexual?
Since December 2005, gay couples in the UK have had the right to enter into what is called a civil partnership.
Family / Article The impact on children when a relationship breaks down
Unfair family courts and how fathers are increasingly being prevented from seeing their children.
Family / Article Delays in law drafting can be damaging
Unless the Island keeps pace with international pressures and demands to improve and adapt its legislation, our image as a centre of financial excellence and stability will be damaged.
Family / Article The pre-nuptial agreement comes of age
Are you thinking of getting married in the next few months? Whether it is for the first time or not there will be excitement and a justifiable sense of romance. But there are also the ‘boring bits’: lots of sensible decisions and hard choices that must be made right now.
Family / Article Interesting developments regarding financial matters on divorce
Many of us have read in the popular press about extremely wealthy couples who divorce and the court is asked to divide their assets between them.
Family / Article Keeping the family together: the collaborative approach to family law
A familiar experience for readers who have encountered a divorce or a separation is that of bitterness and acrimony. Possibly months of unpleasantness will have been suffered and to add insult to injury, you will have paid for the privilege.
Family / Article I love you – but what about a pre-nup?
In recent months there has been much publicity given to the idea of couples entering into a pre-nuptial agreement prior to their marriage. Much confusion, however, still surrounds these agreements together with their implications for marriage and divorce.
Family / Article In the dark about divorce?
Statistics show that the average person who initiates divorce proceedings in the UK will spend over a year considering whether to divorce their spouse before they proceed.
Family / Article Separated: Let the whole family have a happy Christmas
In the increasingly commercialised world of Christmas, it is sometimes forgotten that the focus of the festive season should be the family and children in particular.
Family / Article Child maintenance: defining a ‘parent’
The definition of ‘parent’ can, in certain instances, extend beyond that of biological, step or adoptive parent.
Family / Article Harassment remedies – domestic abuse
The most common type of harassment cases brought before the Jersey Courts involve domestic abuse.
Family / Article Divorce it isn’t all about the parents
Children are, sadly, often overlooked by parents during the course of family law proceedings. This is usually completely unintentional, but nonetheless parents tend to lose themselves in the emotional turbulence of the situation.
Family / Article Getting re-married? What you need to consider
Viberts recently successfully acted for a wife during divorce proceedings involving the division of assets. It was a complex and unusual scenario with a focus on the matrimonial home.
Family / Article Happily living together? Protect your interests
Cohabiting couples are often referred to as “common-law marriages”. But unlike married couples, cohabiting couples in Jersey have very little protection unless they have a legal ownership of property (i.e. named on the title deeds).
Family / Article Settling your family disputes outside court
Gone are the days when a courtroom battle was the only option for married couples who could not agree on what should happen to their finances on the breakdown of the relationship.
Family / Article Counting the cost of your divorce
According to statistics published in the UK in 2014 the average couple spends £44,000 on their separation. Viberts have launched a new fee structure that will cut both the financial and emotional cost of ending a marriage.
Family / Briefing Cohabitation: you may not get back what you put in to a property
Why cohabiting couples ought to protect their interests with a cohabitation or equity agreement
Family / Briefing Family law jargon buster
Are you confused what certain legal terms mean? This helpful family law jargon buster guide explains what most of the commonly used legal terms mean.