Category: Divorce

Inheritance and Divorce: Can Your Spouse Take Your Inheritance?

When a couple marries, many solely owned assets (or pre-acquired assets) will change in nature and may become treated as joint assets. These so-called matrimonial assets can then be contested in the event of a divorce, with both parties claiming a right to a share. As a result, many people are concerned about whether a spouse can take a share of inherited assets. We explore the reality of inheritance and divorce. Can Your Spouse Take Your Inheritance? In most cases, inheritance acquired during the marriage would be considered a matrimonial asset, meaning that it forms part of the “joint pot”…

How Long Does it Take to Obtain a Divorce?

For most people, divorce is a stressful and difficult time, making the prospect of a quick resolution very appealing. Divorce proceedings themselves (initiated by way of a divorce Petition) has largely become an administrative process, which does not require the parties to attend court. This is except in relatively narrow circumstances where the other party may decide to defend and/or refuse to agree to a Petition. In simple terms, obtaining a divorce in effect gives both parties the right to remarry. However, the finalisation of the process (which is achieved by the Court granting ‘Decree Absolute’) is usually delayed until…

Parental Alienation Definition: What Is It and How Do You Stop Parental Alienation?

Whether you’re in the process of getting a divorce or you’ve been separated from your partner for a while, parental alienation is a difficult experience to endure. But what exactly is it? We look at the definition of parental alienation and how to stop it. Experiencing the breakdown of a relationship is difficult enough alone, but when there are children involved, it can be especially challenging. All parents want what’s best for their children, and many aim to come to an arrangement as amicably as possible to prevent their children from experiencing additional and unnecessary stress. The child has a…

Annulment and Divorce Differences: A Comprehensive Guide

If you’re looking to end your marriage, you’ve probably come across the terms “annulment” and “divorce”. While many people are instantly familiar with the concept of the latter, fewer people understand exactly what annulment is and how it differs from divorce. Find out more about the differences between annulment and divorce. The breakdown of a relationship is a stressful and difficult time. On top of organising finances, moving out of the family home and making arrangements for any children, you’ll likely also want to dissolve the marriage so that you and your spouse are no longer legally married and you…

What Is Reasonable Access for Fathers Following Separation?

A separation can be a difficult time for everyone involved, but even more so when there are children in the picture. If you’re a father, you’re probably wondering what your rights are to see your children. We answer the question, “what is reasonable access for fathers?” As a father, it’s understandable that you want to be able to spend time with your children, regardless of your relationship status and whether you and your ex-partner are on good terms. When it comes to arranging to see your children, you may want to keep it out of the courts to save additional…

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