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What were the Divorce Trends in 2017?

The Office of National Statistics last week published the 2017 divorce statistics which showed a decrease of 4.9% with 101,669 divorces of opposite sex couples compared with the 2016 figures. There was, however, a significant increase in divorces of same sex couples in 2017, more than three times the number than in 2016, three-quarters of the same sex couples divorcing in 2017 being female. Overall the number of divorces in 2017 was highest among both men and women in the 45-49 age group.
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Divorce Law Reform Consultation

As anticipated, following on from the much awaited decision of Owen v Owen (referred to in a previous article http://absolicitors.com/hub/2018/08/wife-refused-a-divorce-to-end-long-marriage/ ) the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has announced that he is preparing a consultation on reforming the divorce laws which have not been changed since the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, which was introduced following the Divorce Reform Act 1969. Attempts to change the divorce laws in 1996 were, for various reasons, unsuccessful and the legislation had to be repealed.
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Does getting married reduce your inheritance tax bill?

Part 2: Transferrable Nil Rate Band

In part 1 of this article we discussed the point that unmarried couples are treated differently to married couples and civil partners for inheritance tax purposes.

We explained that couples who live together are sometimes called “cohabitees” however this is not a legally recognised relationship for tax purposes.

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Swing Unlimited At Highcliffe Castle

What a fabulous day to be supporting Swing Unlimited Big Band at Highcliffe Castle. Another excellent concert and classic car show with the added bonus of some Bournemouth Air Festival activity.

Thank you for all those who attended and supported the very popular event. There were 3 unclaimed raffle prizes as follows:


Pink 48

Yellow 786

Pink 292


If you are lucky enough to have a winning ticket please contact Andrew Lilley at the Highcliffe Office 01425 282150

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