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Why a Cohabitation Agreement is so important to unmarried couples

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no legal concept of "common law" spouse and the law relating to cohabiting couples is outdated. The law still does not recognise a living-together relationship outside of marriage or civil partnership.How does this affect your rights if you were to ever break up?According to the Office of National Statistic...
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Converting a civil partnership into a same sex marriage

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Since 2005 same sex couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships and since March 2014 to enter into a marriage. What is not so well known is that it is possible to convert a civil partnership into a marriage. Our Family Law Team look at how you do it and what are the consequences.Any couples who registered as civil partners in ...
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Getting married abroad, what could go wrong?

Getting married abroad, what could go wrong?
It is reported that as many as one in four couples are now getting married abroad; tempted by more reliable weather, lower cost and a combined ceremony and honeymoon. Whilst a wedding on a white sandy beach seems idyllic, it may not necessarily follow that the marriage is recognised in England. A wedding abroad can cause many pr...
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The A – Z of divorce and finances

The A – Z of Divorce and finances
Alternative Dispute Resolution – no one wants to go to court to have a Judge decide on the division of their assets.There are other options to court including negotiation, arbitration, collaborative and mediationBury St Edmunds – this is our "local" divorce centre following the centralisation of the family courts.Last year Bury dealt with over 40,0...
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Funding for divorce, dissolution and financial remedy cases

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​Divorce and dissolution represent periods in people's lives when they face many fundamental changes. The cost of that process is very often a factor that must be considered carefully at the outset, not least when the separation is difficult and does not involve agreement with the other spouse. There are a number of options available to a pers...
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Collaborative Law FAQs

Collaborative Law FAQs
Divorce has a certain stigma attached to it, and the entire process is seen as quite hostile. Collaborative law is a procedure that is looking to change that opinion and to help couples get through their divorce in a more appealing way. We look at some of the most frequently asked questions relating to collaborative law.Most clients visit a divorce...
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Seven Tips for Choosing a Divorce Lawyer

Seven Tips for Choosing a Divorce Lawyer
Deciding to get divorced is a huge decision, and choosing a divorce lawyer can also be an emotional and stressful experience. Read our seven tips for finding your ideal solicitor - for both yours and your family's wellbeing.Ending a marriage or a civil partnership is going to be a difficult and emotional time. It may involve children, assets, pets ...
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Prenuptial Agreement FAQs

Prenuptial Agreement FAQs
Society has witnessed a big change in couples' attitudes towards their finances, and more and more newlyweds are now seeking to gain a prenuptial agreement as part of their 'happily ever after' plans.Couples in the UK now spend an estimated £10 billion on weddings each year, typically parting with a little over £36,000 overall, including everything...
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Arrears of Maintenance - What Can You Do?

Arrears of Maintenance - What Can You Do?
If you have divorced and receive maintenance payments do you know what to do if these suddenly stop? How would you claim arrears on these payments? We give the lowdown on what to do in this difficult and stressful situation.In financial remedy proceedings, the Court has powers to require one spouse to make maintenance payments to the other. This ca...
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