Spotlight
Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Spotlight
Latest articles
Resolution issues Brexit notes for family lawyers ahead of IP completion day
Family lawyer organisation, Resolution, has issued two joint notes to assist family lawyers in England and Wales ahead of the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period at 11 pm on 31 December...
Online filing is real-time on New Year's Eve: practice direction change to accommodate EU withdrawal arrangements
I have heard that there will be an amendment to the relevant practice directions to provide that online applications received on New Year’s Eve after 4:30 PM and before 11:00 PM will count as...
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust v AB
The issue in this case concerned AB’s capacity to make specific decisions about treatment relating to her anorexia nervosa. She was 28 years old and had suffered with anorexia since the age of...
EU laws continue until at least 2038 and beyond
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.  But in matters of law it fully leaves on 31 December 2020.  But EU laws will continue to apply, and be applied, in the English family courts from 1...
Remote hearings in family proceedings – how is justice perceived?
The motion for the recent Kingsley Napley debate:  “This House believes remote hearings are not remotely fair” was carried with a fairly balanced 56% in favour and 44% against....
View all articles
Authors

Ministry of Justice publishes new guidance for divorcing couples

Sep 29, 2018, 22:31 PM
Divorce, litigants in person, guidance, Ministry of Justice, financial remedies
​​New guidance published by the Ministry of Justice last week aims to help couples in the midst of stressful divorce litigation arrange their finances easily, and provides helpful information for those supporting divorcing couples.
Slug : ministry-of-justice-publishes-new-guidance-for-divorcing-couples
Meta Title : Ministry of Justice publishes new guidance for divorcing couples
Meta Keywords : Divorce, litigants in person, guidance, Ministry of Justice, financial remedies
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : No
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Oct 19, 2015, 07:13 AM
Article ID : 116655
New guidance published by the Ministry of Justice last week aims to help couples in the midst of stressful divorce litigation arrange their finances easily, and provides helpful information for those supporting divorcing couples.

Prepared by the Family Justice Council and designed by Advicenow, the 'Sorting out your finances when you get divorced' guide allows a separating couple to more clearly understand a judge’s actions when making decisions regarding finance, as well as reach fair out-of-court agreements. Useful and coherent advice is also given for litigants in person to make use of in court by giving concise overviews of the law and detailed explanations of issues such as maintenance, housing and pensions, which are likely to arise.

The new guidance, using plain and simple English to clarify but not patronise, looks to:
  • provide information about financial settlements for couples who are getting divorced or ending a civil partnership;
  • explain what a judge would take into account and weigh up in their mind when making financial orders when a couple divorces; and
  • help people understand more about what a judge might do in a case, so that they have a better chance of making a fair agreement with their ex-partners.
Those who are not directly involved in the proceedings but are offering support to the couple in question, for example court-based Personal Support Unit volunteers, mediators and friends and relatives, are also given information within the guidance in order to be fully informed of what happens during divorce proceedings.

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division in England and Wales, praised the guide’s ability to provide helpful advice to those representing themselves in court:

‘I am delighted to recommend the latest in a series of guides designed to help Litigants in Person who may be confronting the seemingly daunting prospect of negotiating their own agreements in the context of divorce and family breakdown.

It provides a succinct summary of the law for those who cannot afford legal advice to reach financial agreements without the need for protracted court proceedings.’
With self-representation in court by litigants on the rise, the arrival of this new guidance (and, it is hoped, more like it) will be all the more appreciated by those undergoing divorce proceedings in the UK.
Categories :
  • News
Tags :
Authors
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Recommend These Products
Related Articles
Load more comments
Comment by from