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Consent Order - Financial Protection after Divorce
When you get married, you become financially linked to your spouse. Those links relate to income, property, pensions, debt, everything. When you get divorced, those links remain. In Dudley in the West Midlands, a few years back, somebody won the lottery. They'd been divorced for 10 years but they still faced a claim from their ex. Ok, they'd just won the lottery so she gave him money to go away, end of story. But it would generally have been better for them if they didn't face a claim at all. If one of the parties remarries, then they have a new spouse to look after them financially. This means they can't make a claim against their ex. But they are still vulnerable to a claim FROM their ex, unless their ex has remarried as well. Imagine you've got your divorce and you remarry. Your financial circumstances take a dive (perhaps you've lost your job) and your ex has plenty of money and still lives in the old matrimonial home. You can't claim any of it. You've remarried.  Now imagine you've remarried but your ex hasn't. Your ex loses their job and is struggling financially. You could still recieve a claim for some of the money in the matrimonial home. Yes you've...
Grounds for Divorce
In the UK there is only one ground for the divorce - that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, can't be fixed, ever. Within a divorce petition you have to give a fact that proves that the marriage has broken down so irretrievably and you have five facts to choose from. You may find that more than one applies but your petition needs to be based on just one. They are: 1. That your spouse has behaved in such a way that you can't be reasonably expected to continue living with them.  This covers a pretty broad set of circumstances because it is specificially about what YOU have found unbearable - not what your next door neighbour, mother, spouse thinks - YOU.  This can be almost anything but there is a sliding scale of unreasonableness. There are some things that we all would consider unreasonable - domestic abuse, having relationships with other men/women - and there other things that may only be unreasonable for you.  If your spouse has been coming in from work and putting their feet on the coffee table without first taking off their shoes, AND YOU GET UPSET BY THAT, then doing it repeatedly is unreasonable.  But you're going to need more examples at the...