New rules mean couples can now file for divorce online at any time of the day or night - and it's something they're taking advantage of. In fact, 455 people filed for divorce over the festive period - including 13 on Christmas Day itself, official figures show. Changes to the HM Courts & Tribunals Service mean that since last year, spouses seeking to end their marriage can complete the whole process online. That means you can fill in applications, upload required documents and pay fees on the internet without sending off any paperwork at all. Justice minister Lucy Frazer said: "These online services are already making a difference to people who use the justice system." The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said more than 23,000 online divorce applications have been made since the platform was rolled out in England and Wales in April 2018. As well as divorce, internet platforms were used to lodge 39,250 civil money claims, 7,687 probate applications, 3,358 personal independence payment … [Read more...] about How many people filed for divorce on Christmas Day revealed
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'Tis the season to get divorced. Attorneys are working overtime to help sparring spouses untie the knot before the new year, when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will change the way payments between ex-partners are taxed. Divorce lawyers around the U.S. say they've seen up to four-fold increases in their workloads, while courts are also staying open longer to accommodate the flurry of couples scrambling to make their divorces official so they can benefit from allowances under previous tax rules.In a memo obtained by CBS MoneyWatch, Florida Judge Tarlika Navarro recently cited the "changing tax laws" in saying she would make herself available for hearings over the Christmas holiday -- that includes court extra sessions on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, when the court is normally closed. Lynne Strober, co-chair of the matrimonial and family law practice group at Mandelbaum Salsburg in Roseland, New Jersey, said she is working "crazy hours" to complete divorce settlements by year-end."Everyday I am … [Read more...] about Couples rush to divorce by year-end — to save on taxes
5 December 2018 • 7:52pm Government publishes Brexit legal advice in full UK will be trapped in backstop even if talks with EU fail Northern Ireland would be 'in the EU's Customs Union' DUP: No wonder Government tried to hide legal advice Critics: Backstop would see UK stuck in 'Brexit hamster wheel' Day two of debate on PM's deal underway in Commons Theresa May reeling after three humiliating defeats How PM suffered one of most bruising days in politics Telegraph View: May's authority is draining away Former chief whip will vote against PM for first time Sign up to the Telegraph's Brexit WhatsApp group for updates and analysis Theresa May will have to be replaced if her Brexit deal is defeated and she refuses to go back to renegotiate, Zac Goldsmith, the former candidate for London Mayor, has said. Mr Goldsmith said he hoped the Government's deal is defeated next week by MPs, warning that if she did not go back to Brussels, then her replacement would. His … [Read more...] about Brexit latest news: Theresa May should go back to Brussels to renegotiate or be replaced, Tory MP says
Divorce is an emotionally and financially painful failure wherever you live, but making the break using an unfamiliar legal system can add to the pain. The complications multiply when families live or own properties in different countries. The first step is to understand the basic rules of how couple’s assets are held under Luxembourg law. “All my worldly goods I thee endow” is how many in the English-speaking world understand how our savings, investments and property are shared after marriage. Luxembourg law (and other countries with “civil code” legal systems) sees things differently. Marriage property rights law allows couples to choose one of three matrimonial regimes (see table on next page). This is important for divorce but also inheritance. Three options Under the common law system it is standard practice for all assets to be shared 50/50, whatever their nature and whether they were acquired before or during a marriage. In Luxembourg, this … [Read more...] about Divorce in a foreign land
A: For some couples, a pension can be their most lucrative financial asset, after the family home. In your case, after almost 20 years of saving, it's very prudent to consider the fair allocation of this fund going forward, despite going through what must be a very difficult time for you both. Jerry Moriarty of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) says that the fact that you, as a woman, have worked part-time at different times, likely leading to a lower level of contributions to the pot, tallies with what IAPF research has frequently found to be the case in many households - greater pension benefits often accrue in the male's name. However, there are structures in place to assist spouses with lesser contributions achieve a fair allocation of mutual savings. Under the Family Law Act 1995, the Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996, and the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, a court has the power to treat a pension as an asset of a separating … [Read more...] about We filed for divorce but what about my share of the pension?