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  1. Midlife Divorce: How separated parents can support their children’s return to school

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    By Kate Banerjee, head of Jones Myers Children’s Department Many children and young people will no doubt be feeling apprehensive as they return to the classroom for the first time since March this year. However, the school environment and routine that used to be reassuring and familiar to them has changed dramatically as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. New measures implemented to help safeguard pupils’ well being include one way systems, different playground rules and staggering starting and finishing times. Secondary pupils in local lockdown areas will also have to wear face coverings in school corridors.  While looking forward to being reunited with their friends, children and teenagers will understandably feel anxious about the new rules, particularly those who are old enough to have seen...
  2. How To Survive Divorce After 50

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    We’ve seen a surge in people seeking divorce later in life. The so-called grey divorce is on the rise, with a 5.8% in 2016 among opposite-sex couples compared to 2015. The over 50s are particularly vulnerable after divorce. Your children may have left the nest and have their own lives and you may be at the peak of your career. Either way, you have a routine, and that is about to be shattered. Retirement isn’t on your mind just yet, but divorce could derail your plans if you aren’t careful. In this guide, we will look at some of the unique challenges facing the over 50s after a divorce. Beyond looking at how to survive a divorce...
  3. Midlife Divorce: When is the right time to divide assets on divorcing?

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    Article By Anna Sutcliffe, Jones Myers Senior Family Law Executive Deciding on crucial factors that will change your life forever is challenging at any time – particularly in today’s turbulent climate following the covid-19 pandemic. Physically separating is one thing – but when is the best time to divide your assets? Questions around your financial settlement are not resolved until a final order from the Court sets out your obligations and what you will keep. In most cases, it ends any claims you might have against each other. But what happens if your assets increase or decrease in value after you have separated but while you are still attempting to reach a settlement? Any decisions on “who gets what” will not be based on their value at the time...
  4. What About Me? Maintaining a relationship with your ex-boyfriend’s kids post-breakup

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    Article By Dani Alpert How did I feel when my boyfriend Julian and I broke up after nearly eight years and the fate of my relationships with his kids, Nicole and Tyler, unknown? It felt like I’d been fired, asked to pack up my belongings and leave the house key under the mat. For years, my identity had everything to do with Julian and the kids. I contorted, knotted, and sacrificed, investing my time and emotional energy into our relationships. And over time, I fell in love with them, only to see it all implode. I remember my first thought was, “What happens now? What happens to me and Nicole and Tyler? Could I still call myself the Girlfriend Mom? Was I the Ex-Girlfriend Mom?” The kids and I...
  5. How To Move On From a Relationship over 50

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    There’s no getting around the fact that breaking up is hard to do. While things will eventually feel better, in the early days, it can be pretty difficult to handle. And it’s not hard to see why: it may not have been the perfect relationship, but there were good times, and in any case, it was a big part of your life that you’ve now lost. If you find yourself in this situation, then take a look at some of the tips we’ve outlined below, which will put you on the right path towards putting the relationship behind you. Get Closure If you’re not the one who ended things, then one of the more traumatic aspects...
  6. How to End a Toxic Relationship: Divorcing over 50

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon It’s never too late to start over. Ending a relationship or marriage is never easy – at any age, but once we are in our 50s and beyond it can appear to be more daunting.  Is the relationship really toxic or are you just going trough a bad patch? If you are in a toxic relationship you have probably had your confidence eroded gradually over a number of years, with your partner convincing you that any issues in the relationship are totally down to you. You have probably been isolated from family and friends as your partner has attempted to exert more control over all aspects of your life. Do you want to escape? You may feel trapped and worried, but there’s hope. You can...
  7. Ways to prevent grandparents from being frozen out in 2020 when children divorce

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    Article by Peter Jones, founder, Jones Myers niche family law firm January can be a challenging month in many ways for parents who have undergone divorce or separation. It can also be an unhappy time for distressed grandparents who are being prevented from seeing their beloved grandchildren. Grandparents can be instrumental in sustaining their grandchildren’s critical routines both during and after divorce – as well as supporting their son or daughter practically and emotionally. Unfortunately, reasons including fractious and difficult relationships between their children and in laws/former partners can result in grandparents and other relatives being marginalised. Steps for grandparents to consider when children divorce If you are in this position, here are some steps to consider. We strongly advise only using the court route as a last resort. Negotiate some quality...
  8. Podcast with Marie Fraser: Divorce over 50 getting to know yourself

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        Available on itunes If you want to listen on itunes here’s the link 🙂 Ceri Wheeldon of Fab after Fifty talks to coach and therapist Marie Fraser, who works with women to help rebuild their lives following divorce. This is the first in a series of interviews. Marie talks about why it is so important to understand what you like and want in life as you transition from being part of a couple to being single. Why it is important to let go of your past life and plans as...
  9. Divorce over 50: How to Have a Good Divorce

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    Article by Sara Davison WARNING: It is NOT easy to have a good divorce – but it is possible.   There is a good reason that it is known as the second most traumatic experience in life after death of a loved one. It is an emotional rollercoaster and has a huge ripple effect across your entire world. It will affect your mental and physical health, lifestyle, daily routine, children, work life, friends and family. We see the ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ celebrities who release amicable and loving statements on Twitter – and frankly I admire them for this. It is without a shadow of a doubt better for everyone involved if you can...
  10. 10 ways writing a journal can help you through betrayal and emotional upset

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    Article by Julia Keyes Whether you are working through a current relationship challenge, or trying to move on from a previous relationship, writing a journal can be a very therapeutic experience. It can help you move to a place of positivity and clarity. In our book, The MANScript , we describe the feelings of hurt, from a relationship breakdown and betrayal, as like being hit by a bullet or a ton of falling bricks. The impact of what is happening is such a tremendous shock, it might as well be a bullet or bricks!  The after-effects completely shatter you and can leave you metaphorically ‘on the...
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