Family Law Blog

Pet-nups

19 September 2014, by Taylor King Family Law Solicitors

If you think that separating couples only argue about children and money, the Blue Cross charity in a recent survey stated that one in four divorcing couples argued over the ownership of their pets when they separated. Dogs and cats were identified as the most fought over pets followed by horses, rabbits and guinea pigs.

As a result of that survey the Blue Cross charity has launched a pet-nup, a pre-nuptial agreement for pet owners. This document sets out who will keep the pet in the event of a divorce or relationship breakdown, how much time the non resident owner and other issues including check ups at the vet and arrangements when the owners are on holiday.

The rehoming manager of Blue Cross stated that it was a good idea to agree the future of family pets in advance to make a difficult situation easier.

The difference between divorce and judicial separation

03 September 2014, by Taylor King Family Law Solicitors

There are various differences between divorce and judicial separation proceedings and these need to be considered before any decision is made.

The main difference is that unlike a divorce, in judicial separation proceedings the marriage is not brought to an end. The parties might accept that the marriage is over but they are not permitted to remarry unless they obtain a divorce. It is not necessary for the marriage to have irretrievably broken down. Irretrievable breakdown is the only ground for divorce supported by adultery, behaviour, separation etc. to show the breakdown of the marriage.

The court can deal with financial issues on separation both in divorce and in judicial separation proceedings. What the court cannot do is to make a pension sharing order.

The main advantage to issuing judicial separation proceedings is that proceedings can be issued upon the breakdown of the marriage. The parties do not have to wait twelve months and one day as in divorce proceedings in order to issue a petition. This enables parties to make financial applications at an earlier stage.

On the other hand, the main advantage to a divorce is that the marriage can be brought to an end so that the parties can remarry and the courts can make a clean break order with regard to financial issues.