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How to ruin a relationship for good

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 28th December 2016
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For most people this time of year is a happy one - but it's important to remember that this isn't the case for everyone. Often at this time of year cracks can start to show in a relationship or it can break down completely.

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Is the last week of December really the right time to put your house on the market?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 23rd December 2016
  • Posted On: Blog

We often hear from people that they are going to wait until January to put their house on the market but these stats suggest that waiting could be the wrong decision.

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Drink-driving: The morning after the night before

  • Author: Lucinda Dore
  • Posted on: 15th December 2016
  • Posted On: Blog

It’s worrying to read in this article that around 1 in 5 people admit to having driven while over the limit the morning after a heavy night. Not only are they risking getting a conviction for drink-driving but they are also putting their lives, and the lives of other road users, at risk.

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Domestic abuse against men - increase in number of reports

  • Author: Marie Stock
  • Posted on: 14th December 2016
  • Posted On: Blog

Domestic abuse against men is an often-ignored subject - but the number of reports made by men are now believed to be 1 in 3.

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Divorce rates drop as marriages last longer

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 13th December 2016
  • Posted On: Blog

Stats recently published by the Office for National Statistics have revealed that we are staying married for longer and that the average age for divorce is rising.

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Drink driving: Don't get caught out

  • Author: Lucinda Dore
  • Posted on: 8th December 2016
  • Posted On: Blog

Unfortunately at this time of year we also see a rise in the number of people arrested for drink or drug driving. For some this may be because they are unaware they are over the limit, for others they knowingly do it.

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Moving in with a new partner but not yet divorced

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 1st December 2016
  • Posted On: Blog

This story in the Mirror recently is an example of just one of the types of family law scenarios that we have come across at the firm.

It appears that the father of 5 has left his wife to live with his new partner and her family, but is not yet divorced and the new partner is picking up children at the same school gates as his wife. Although this seems like a contrived situation in reality it happens more often than most people realise. This type of situation can easily arise when a relationship breaks down and… Read more

Could this be some positive post Brexit news for the UK property market

  • Author: Daniel Curry
  • Posted on: 22nd November 2016
  • Posted On: Blog

Finally it seems we may have some positive news following the post Brexit worry for many Britain's, of the impact that the vote to leave the European Union might have on the UK housing market.

This article from the Evening Standard Homes and Property online gives UK homeowners some tangible hope that the UK property market is now stabilising, following months of uncertainty after the unexpected vote to leave the European Union came to light earlier this year. Whilst the article highlights the price rises across the UK, it also reveals that the number of properties changing hands has… Read more

Will Writing- Reasons not to delay writing your Will

  • Author: Lucinda Dore
  • Posted on: 20th November 2016
  • Posted On: Blog
With Christmas almost here, a time of year when friends, family and loved ones should be celebrating, we all too often see a rise in people experiencing the devastating effects of losing someone unexpectedly, which is made more difficult by the deceased not having a Will in place. 

We have put together a helpful list of things to bear in mind, if you don't yet have a Will in place:

  • Who inherits? Not having a Will prepared means that the government will decide who inherits your assets based on the Law of Intestacy. Most of us really wouldn't… Read more

Grey Divorce- What to consider if you are divorcing in retirement

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 10th November 2016
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At Crosby and Woods the number of couples separating or divorcing that we have seen in the last 10 years as they approach retirement (or are already retired), has definitely been an ever increasing trend.

There isn't one common reason that we have seen why this increase is occurring, in what previously was an age group with the lowest levels of divorce, but it appears to be more a case that fear of change has lessened greatly and expectations as to what a good relationship should be have altered from what was often a case of ‘make do’ to… Read more