Rachel Macwilliam

Separating when you are unmarried with children

More and more couples are choosing to live together before getting married or are choosing not to get married at all. More than half of children born in the UK in 2017 were born to unmarried parents. The increase in the divorce rate as a result of the pandemic has been much publicised, but what…

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…

5 tips to avoid property fraud during the pandemic

Our 5 tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of property fraud It is a fact that empty properties are at an increased risk on property fraud. An increasing number of residential and commercial properties have been left empty during the pandemic, as people work from home or spend time in a different property.…

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…