Rachel Macwilliam

The different roads to divorce

Many of our family law clients tend to have something in common; the desire to end their marriages and to achieve the best outcome possible. However, the length of time it takes them to reach the decision varies greatly. Some want to divorce as soon as possible, perhaps reacting to a change in their relationship…

Pensions and Divorce: what you need to know

Your pension may understandably not be top of your list of things to think about when contemplating divorce but for women especially, it is an important aspect to consider.   Rachel Macwilliam, Family Law solicitor at Penderlaw Solicitors answers some FAQs on this topic. Many divorced women face poverty in retirement as they often have…

Will you still love me when I’m 64?

Silver Splitters: the rise of divorce amongst the over 60s A twin trend has developed in recent years with more couples over 60 getting married, but also more getting divorced after many years of marriage. The increase in the number of over 60s getting divorced has given rise to the term the ‘silver’ or’ grey’…

Divorce demystified – The 6 key stages

The terms decree nisi and decree absolute are often mentioned in the media in connection with celebrity divorces but what do they actually mean? The legal terminology and descriptions of the different stages of a divorce can be bewildering and often adds to the apprehension associated with what is already a stressful situation for those…

The January Divorce Phenomenon

It is a truth universally acknowledged that January is the busiest month of the year for family lawyers. The festive period, which comes with the pressures of spending increased time with loved ones can often prove too much for a relationship to bear and those cracks which have already begun to appear can no longer…

As safe as houses?

Our 5 tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of property fraud Perhaps you’ve never even heard of property fraud. It certainly doesn’t seem to have as high a profile as bank fraud or credit card fraud. However, it is on the rise according to HM Land Registry and costing homeowners thousands of pounds.…

Can I remove an executor?

The process of probate (dealing with the estate of someone who has died) can be an emotional and difficult time but is sometimes compounded when a dispute arises over the will or with the way it is being handled by the appointed executor. The legal process takes time but if you believe that the executor…

Digital Divorce

Your digital footprint and online security may not be the first thing which springs to mind when a relationship breaks down but perhaps it is something which you should be considering. Increasingly family solicitors are advising their clients to take this aspect of a separation into account. With a tangle of accounts often shared between…