A Deal’s a Deal!

A Deal’s a Deal!

The recent case of Tricia Ronane and Paul Simonon, bassist member of The Clash highlights the difficultly of changing a financial settlement once an order has been made or agreed and emphasises the need to ensure your settlement is right before you commit to it. Ms...
Staying together for the sake of Children

Staying together for the sake of Children

It is not uncommon to hear an unhappy husband or wife say that they are staying in a marriage ‘for the sake of the children’. Is it really in a child’s best interests for their parents, who are inevitably going to separate, to stay together until they get older? When...
What is spousal maintenance?

What is spousal maintenance?

Is Spousal Maintenance a “Meal Ticket” for Life? As a result of some recent decisions in the more senior courts we have seen a move away from life time maintenance awards and a replacement with fixed term maintenance orders. In a recent case the court refused to allow...
Is there such thing as a good divorce?

Is there such thing as a good divorce?

Yes, says Resolution, a family law association of which the solicitors at Townsend’s are members. Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that 42 percent of all marriages in the UK end in divorce. The number of older couples divorcing has reached an...
WHAT’S YOURS IS OURS AND WHAT’S MINE IS MINE!

WHAT’S YOURS IS OURS AND WHAT’S MINE IS MINE!

At Townsend’s we are frequently asked the question about what goes into the “matrimonial pot” and what falls outside of it. These days the law distinguishes between “matrimonial” and “non-matrimonial assets”. So, what’s the difference? Matrimonial assets represents...
Legal Aid Cuts Destroying Families

Legal Aid Cuts Destroying Families

Since the legal aid cuts have been introduced, the number of people receiving legal aid in civil cases has decreased by over 80%.  In 2017/18 around 140,000 people received legal aid compared to 785,000 people in 2010/11.  A recent investigation by The Guardian has...
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