The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a lifeline for many, but if you are paying maintenance to your ex spouse, in addition to trying to cover your own mortgage and outgoings, then you are going to be hit very hard, especially if you previously enjoyed an income over £30,000 p.a.
Families and couples will be all too aware that we are now entering an unprecedented 12th week in lockdown. As the mandatory self-quarantine measures introduced in March have forced couples to spend more time together, some have relished in this opportunity. Sadly, for others it has exacerbated existing marital problems.
Pension sharing orders have been in existence now for well nigh 20 years since their introduction on 1 December 2000. The aim was, as the name suggests, that pensions could be split or shared going forwards, to create fairness between spouses and civil partners on divorce or dissolution. However, research highlights that pension inequality is rife, both in general terms and subsequent to divorce.
The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting social distancing measures have meant that many couples have had to postpone their wedding date. Whilst disappointing, this does give couples the opportunity to consider whether a Pre-Nuptial Agreement would be appropriate for them.
Caroline Keeley discusses the government’s current position on domestic abuse and the guidance available for those who feel at risk during this difficult time.
Divorce and coronavirus: is coronavirus having an impact on your financial settlement? Sarah Archibald looks at your options.