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Money Box Live: Ending a relationship

A bridal bouquet
BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 at 1502 GMT On Radio 4 and Online

On Wednesday's programme Paul Lewis put your questions on divorce, dissolving a civil partnership and separation to a panel of expert guests.

If you and your partner are divorcing, dissolving a civil partnership or splitting up after cohabitation, you may have to face the difficult task of dividing your assets.

This could involve selling your home, splitting a pension fund and arranging maintenance payments for children.

How do you go about divorcing or ending a civil partnership?

What do you need to consider and what are the likely costs?

How do you decide what is fair and what happens if you don't agree?

Can a pre-nuptial or pre-civil partnership agreement help?

Perhaps you have a question about supporting children.

Where can you find out about family mediation?

Do you have any rights if you have been cohabiting?

And what are the legal differences between Scotland and England?

Whatever your question, Paul Lewis and guests were here to help.

Paul Lewis was joined by:

  • John Fotheringham, consultant in family law, Fyfe Ireland

  • Claire Hamilton-Russell, family partner, Thomas Eggar

  • Rachel Hadwen, benefits rights advisor

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Diane Richardson

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