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Oldham News | Business News | Free advice for families during Good Divorce Week 2020



Date published: 27 November 2020


Family law professionals at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisors are showing their support for Good Divorce Week this year by offering free advice sessions to families.

Good Divorce Week (November 30 – December 4) is an annual campaign that aims to promote practical and constructive ways for separating parents to put the needs of their children first – an important concept particularly in the run up to Christmas.

Such is the need for good legal advice in 2020 that Oldham-based Pearson Solicitors have extended the free sessions throughout the whole of December.

Organised by Resolution, a community of more than 6,500 family justice professionals, this year the campaign focuses around the benefits of early legal advice, as the organisation prepares to re-launch its public facing Code of Practice.

Resolution determines that the process of separating, sorting out

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Wealthy use Covid uncertainty to challenge divorce settlements

Economic uncertainty in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside the threat of an economically-disruptive Brexit, is leading to challenges of divorce settlements and maintenance payments, say lawyers.

As people across the UK lose their jobs and juggle business and living costs, many individuals are searching for ways to cut their outgoings. For the divorced, one option is to try to reduce payments to ex-partners or return to court to dispute financial settlements.

Some of these people — who include business owners — are using the current economic disruption to justify paying less money for their spouse’s share of assets, such as a stake in a family company.

One reader who contacted the FT but asked not to be named said her ex-husband has contacted her to say that “due to Covid-19 he has had to take a 50 per cent pay cut and will therefore stop the spousal element

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“No spouse is entitled to half of property upon divorce” – Court of Appeal rules [ARTICLE]

Kenya’s Court of Appeal has reportedly ruled that no spouse is entitled to half of the other’s property upon divorce.

According to Tuko.co.ke, the appellate court’s ruling was in response to a case in which a woman identified as BMM was awarded 50% of property in Kenya and the United Kingdom (UK).

The Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court ruling which favoured the woman, ordering it be heard afresh, the news website further reported.

The High Court presided over by Justice William Musyoka had earlier pronounced that married partners would automatically get 50% of property in case they want to go their separate ways.

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But three Court of Appeal judges Hannah Okwengu, Patrick Kiage and Sankale ole Kantai said it was wrong for Musyoka to make such a decree, saying it

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How do you split final salary and defined contribution pensions in divorce?

My daughter is divorcing her husband. They have been married for 18 years and lived together before that for seven years.

She works part-time for her local council and has a final salary pension with a cash equivalent transfer value of £120,000. She is 45 years-old. Her ex has a private pension worth £280,000. He is 50 years-old.

He says his pension is of equal value to hers and they should keep their pensions out of the divorce split. Is it correct that a final salary pension is worth so much more? 

Valuing retirement funds: Can a pension pot of £280k be equal to a £120k final salary pension?

Valuing retirement funds: Can a pension pot of £280k be equal to a £120k final salary pension?

Tanya Jefferies, of This is Money, replies: Pensions are typically a couple’s second most valuable asset, after the family home.

You are therefore right to be concerned that these are split fairly in your daughter’s divorce, as if this is done

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Brexit: EU thanks Joe Biden for ‘clear support’ amid dispute over UK’s Internal Market Bill | Politics News, Reports

The EU has thanked US president-elect Joe Biden for his “clear support” amid the bloc’s dispute with Britain over Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation.

Brussels launched legal action last month against the prime minister’s Internal Market Bill, which the UK government has admitted could see it breach international law.

The legislation seeks to allow ministers to override parts of Britain’s divorce deal with regards to Northern Ireland, which was agreed last year.

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The PM’s Internal Market Bill could see the UK breach international law

In a phone call on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel congratulated Mr Biden on his victory over Donald Trump in this month’s US election.

Mr Michel also “thanked the president-elect for his clear support regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU concluded with the UK last year”, an EU statement said.

“This agreement preserves peace and stability in Ireland and fully respects

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EU thanks Biden for ‘clear support’ amid Brexit dispute with UK

The EU has thanked US president-elect Joe Biden for his “clear support” amid the bloc’s dispute with Britain over Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation.



Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: US president-elect Joe Biden spoke with European Council President Charles Michel


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US president-elect Joe Biden spoke with European Council President Charles Michel

Brussels launched legal action last month against the prime minister’s Internal Market Bill, which the UK government has admitted could see it breach international law.

The legislation seeks to allow ministers to override parts of Britain’s divorce deal with regards to Northern Ireland, which was agreed last year.

In a phone call on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel congratulated Mr Biden on his victory over Donald Trump in this month’s US election.

Mr Michel also “thanked the president-elect for his clear support regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU concluded with the UK last year”, an EU statement said.



Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: The PM's Internal Market Bill could see the UK breach international law


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The PM’s Internal Market Bill could see the UK

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Brexit: EU thanks Joe Biden for ‘clear support’ amid dispute over UK’s Internal Market Bill | Politics News

The EU has thanked US president-elect Joe Biden for his “clear support” amid the bloc’s dispute with Britain over Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation.

Brussels launched legal action last month against the prime minister’s Internal Market Bill, which the UK government has admitted could see it breach international law.

The legislation seeks to allow ministers to override parts of Britain’s divorce deal with regards to Northern Ireland, which was agreed last year.

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The PM’s Internal Market Bill could see the UK breach international law

In a phone call on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel congratulated Mr Biden on his victory over Donald Trump in this month’s US election.

Mr Michel also “thanked the president-elect for his clear support regarding the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU concluded with the UK last year”, an EU statement said.

“This agreement preserves peace and stability in Ireland and fully respects

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‘Legalising gay marriage has caused a surge in divorce rates among lesbians’

Legalising gay marriage has caused a surge in divorce rates among lesbians, says same-sex fertility chief

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The founder of Britain’s first fertility clinic for same-sex couples believes the legalisation of gay marriage has resulted in a soaring divorce rate among lesbians.

Government figures last week showed that divorces among lesbian couples last year were about three times higher than those among gay men. It came as the overall number of divorces in England and Wales saw their largest rise for nearly half a century.

Fertility clinic boss Natalie Drew’s concerns over gay marriage,

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Dad ‘kills mom-in-law, ex-wife, and himself in murder-suicide after divorce leaving their two kids orphaned’

A DAD allegedly killed his mother-in-law, ex-wife, and himself in a murder-suicide after his divorce – leaving their two kids orphaned.

Daniel Dewitt, 32, has been accused of fatally shooting his 31-year-old ex-wife Amanda and Amanda’s 61-year-old mom Debra Allen in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to KARK.

The Wednesday shooting also left Daniel Dewitt dead after he turned the gun on himself

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The Wednesday shooting also left Daniel Dewitt dead after he turned the gun on himselfCredit: Facebook
The couple's two children – ages nine and two – were reportedly home during the fatal shooting

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The couple’s two children – ages nine and two – were reportedly home during the fatal shootingCredit: Google Maps

The Wednesday shooting also left Daniel dead after he turned the gun on himself.

The apparent murder-suicide took place just two days after a judge granted Daniel and Amanda a divorce – a decision which left their two children in their mom’s custody.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the double murder-suicide.

Lt Robert Garrett said police were called to Amanda’s

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Dad orphans kids after killing ex, mother-in-law himself after divorce

Daniel Dewitt, left, left his two young children orphaned after killing his ex-wife, mother-in-law, then himself at his ex’s home in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday (Pictures: Facebook/Google)

A dad has left his two young children orphaned after killing his ex-wife, mother-in-law and himself days after his divorce came through. Daniel Dewitt, 32, shot ex-wife Amanda, 31, and Amanda’s mother Debra Allen, 61, at her home in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting came two days after a judge granted the couple a divorce. That ruling also granted sole custody of the couple’s two children, aged nine and two, to Amanda.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office have refused to comment on a possible motive for the killings, but conceded the divorce proceedings may have been a ‘catalyst.’

Amanda Dewitt filed for a protective order against her husband in July, claiming Dewitt had harassed her

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