Effects of Divorce

The effects of divorce are long-lasting and comprehensive.  As qualified family Solicitors, Cotswold Family Law will make you aware of all your choices, so you can make the best possible decisions.  Below, we discuss some of the more common effects of divorce that you should consider:

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Once you are divorced, you are free to remarry. You should be aware that, if you do remarry without applying to the Court to sort out matrimonial finances, you will not be able to apply for this afterwards.

Social Security Benefits

Your entitlement to Social Security Benefits may change – you should consult the DSS or a Welfare Benefits Advisor about this.

Pension, State Pension & Income Tax

Your entitlement to pension through your former spouse is likely to change. Divorced people can often still take advantage of their ex-spouse's National Insurance contributions to qualify for a state pension, as long as they do not remarry. Your income tax may also be affected.


Any gift by Will that you have made to your spouse (or a gift by them to you) is ineffective after divorce.

Your Name

If you are a woman who has taken her husband’s name on marriage, you would continue to be known by that name.  Should you wish to revert to your maiden name, your Solicitor can draw up a Change of Name Deed, so that you can prove formally the change to any relevant parties.


These are some of the more common effects of divorce but this list is by no means comprehensive.  It is worth discussing your personal circumstances with a family Solicitor to make sure nothing of importance is overlooked.   At Cotswold Family Law, we offer a free initial meeting to allow you the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns face to face. 

To make an appointment, please contact us.

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