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New Year….New Start?

Many of us are familiar with the media hype about early January being a time when Family Lawyers experience a sudden influx of new enquiries.

Theories put forward by the press include:-

  • Couples who have been forced to spend more family time together over the festive period have reached “breaking point”.
  • Couples who may have decided to divorce in advance of the Christmas period have held things together for the sake of their children.
  • Over-spending, causing significant financial strain.

In my experience, there is never really a right time to make the difficult decision of ending a relationship.  However, there is often a strong feeling that the New Year signifies a fresh start and this is one of the reasons why people may take the step to obtain legal advice.

It is important to understand that taking that first step does not necessarily lead to divorce proceedings being commenced.  The distress of a relationship breakdown cannot be underestimated, particularly where children are involved.

Before you commit to anything, we at AWB Charlesworth offer a face-to-face meeting with one of our solicitors for a fixed fee of £100.00.  At your first meeting, we shall:-

  • Ask you to explain the issues.
  • Establish what you wish to achieve.
  • Explain your options and the likely procedure.
  • Give an estimate of your likely costs.
  • Agree with you as to how you wish to proceed.

Typically your first meeting will last 1-2 hours, after which you will have a full understanding of your options and the likely costs of achieving a resolution.

If you wish to arrange a meeting, please contact a member of our Family Team at one of our four offices in Skipton, Keighley, Bradford or Bingley. Contact details can be found on our home page.

A good divorce – does such a thing exist?

No divorce is every easy, even those that are by mutual agreement.  When a relationship breaks down, it is often difficult to know which way to turn.

However, lawyers who are members of Resolution follow a Code of Practice that promotes an approach to family law which is constructive, cost effective and most likely to result in an agreement.

All of our family solicitors at AWB Charlesworth adopt and endorse the approach of Resolution, an organisation of specialist family lawyers dedicated to achieving the right outcome for you in a non-confrontational way.

Our aim is to minimise conflict and resolve disputes in a dignified manner.

However, protecting your interests and those of your children is our priority and immediate and firm action will be taken if necessary.

We are proud of our reputation across North and West Yorkshire with years of experience in providing specialist advice in all aspects of relationship breakdown.  We will travel to any of our four offices or arrange home visits if necessary.

Before you commit to anything, we offer a face-to-face meeting with one of our solicitors for a fixed fee of £100.  If you need help or advice, please contact a member of our Family Team at one of our four offices.

For more information on divorce and separation have a look at our Family Law information page here

 

Silver Separation – Surge in Divorces for the Over 60s

According to the Office of National Statistics, divorce rates are dropping – except for one age group, the over 60s, who are bucking the downward trend.

Elizabeth Hebden, Head of Family Law at AWB Charlesworth has noted a marked increase in the number of older couples going through a divorce.

Dubbed ‘Silver Separation’, the trend is attributed to a number of factors including:-

  • children may have left home and flaws in the relationship are magnified.
  • a greater lust for life and an increase in life expectancy that might not have been seen in this age group in previous generations.
  • women’s increase in financial independence.

People simply no longer feel old at 60 and realising they have years of life ahead of them, a separation can be the start of a new life.

For some however, divorce carries with it insecurity, loneliness and financial worries.

The needs of an older couple need to be carefully looked at.  There will usually be significant equity in a property and substantial pension assets, but often limited income resources/borrowing capacity. It is important to obtain legal advice to understand your options to enable you to make choices.

If you wish to arrange a meeting, please contact a member of our Family Team at one of our four offices in Skipton, Keighley, Bradford or Bingley. Contact details can be found on our home page.