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Advantages of getting a pre-nuptial agreement

Advantages of getting a pre-nuptial agreement
It is often common that married couples buy their first home together with unequal contributions to the purchase price, own assets of value prior to meeting their spouse, or find that their wealth increases during the marriage. Depending on circumstances, such as the length of the marriage and the age of any children, such pre or post marital acqui...
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How third party interests affect divorce proceedings

How third party interests affect divorce proceedings
As life has become more complicated so have divorce and financial remedy proceedings. More and more cases need intervention by a third party who for a plethora of reasons may need to become a party in the financial remedy proceedings. The most common scenario is when a family member has an interest in a property that forms part of the matrimonial a...
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Costly mistakes when couples divorce

Costly mistakes when couples divorce
Divorce is never easy and is an emotional time for all concerned. Don't let your emotions cause costly mistakes.It's all too easy to become embroiled in who is right and who is wrong and lose sight of the long term position. Here are some of the costly mistakes people make when divorcing.Not considering mediation​Mediation can save you thousands of...
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Social Media – Friend Or Foe In Family Proceedings?

Social Media – Friend Or Foe In Family Proceedings?
Social media usage is one of the most popular online activities. In 2019, an estimated 3.5 billion people were using social media worldwide.Almost every client who is involved in family proceedings has a social media profile; we look at the potential implications they could have on the outcome of a case.Almost every client who is involved in family...
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Can you ever force a parent to be a parent?

Can you ever force a parent to be a parent?
Can you actually force a parent to 'be' a parent when they decide that the role isn't for them? We look at the legal side of this debate.A difficult family situation​As a family law solicitor I am often consulted by parents, usually fathers (and so for the purposes of this article I will assume that is the situation), who are determined to continue...
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Happy New Year to Civil Partnerships

Happy New Year to Civil Partnerships
The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 came into force in December meaning that civil partnerships are now available to all. These new regulations were finally made on 5 November 2019. They came into force on 2nd December 2019 meaning those wishing to enter into a mixed-couple civil partnership can be registered on 31st Decem...
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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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Child Arrangements over Christmas

Child Arrangements over Christmas
Christmas is nearly upon us and many families have already started preparing. It is an extremely special time of year for children; full of magic and wonder. It can also be a very difficult time for separated or divorced parents who each want to enjoy this special time with their young ones. ​Like any arrangements for children, there are no legal r...
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Planned reform of 'no fault' divorce halted

Planned reform of 'no fault' divorce halted
The planned reform to the divorce process in England and Wales to introduce a way to get divorced without blaming the other party has been halted due to the prorogation of Parliament. This has left many professionals who work in this field and those who have campaigned for change, disappointed. Currently, if a married couple decide mutually that th...
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Wedding laws soon to be modernised

Wedding laws soon to be modernised
Five years since first requested, The Law Commission is now working on proposals to reform wedding laws, aiming to make marriage more accessible and bring the laws in line with the modern couple. The Coalition Government requested a review of the current laws back in December 2014 and the Law Commission undertook a preliminary review and determined...
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Should a Rapist have the right to be a parent to a child conceived by rape?

Should a Rapist have the right to be a parent to a child conceived by rape?
Louise Haigh MP, amongst other MP's, believe not. She has put forward a Private Members Bill seeking to redress the current situation whereby a father who rapes the mother can apply to the court for the right to play a role in the life of that child.The Parental Rights (Rapists) and Family Courts Bill 2017-2019 is now awaiting its second readi...
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Technology provides hope for domestic abuse hearings

Technology provides hope for domestic abuse hearings
The recent trialling of video links in the family courts has been so successful that it is set to be rolled out further across the country. This is great news for domestic abuse victims who desperately need to cut ties with a former partner but are currently forced to spend time with them to do so. Giving evidence in any court is undoubtedly a very...
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New divorce law to end the blame game

New divorce law to end the blame game
Justice Secretary David Gauke, MP yesterday announced what the Family Law world have been fighting for years to achieve – the real prospect of no-fault divorce.Demonstrating irretrievable breakdown of a marriage requires at least two years of separation or one spouse to 'blame' the other for the breakdown in the marriage. This is the only...
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What Factors make my Divorce International?

What Factors make my Divorce International?
A number of factors can give rise to there being an international element to your divorce and it is important to consider these upon separation as they often provide an extra level of complication.If any of the below apply to your situation you may have an International Divorce:You or your spouse are a national of another country or have dual natio...
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New family lawyer joins the team

Remyhs-Baker
The Family Law Team are delighted to welcome Remyhs Baker to the firm. Remyhs is a passionate family lawyer and is looking forward to helping our clients in all areas of family law. In this article, we find out a little bit about Remyhs.Remyhs joined the firm in early 2019 after training and qualifying at a leading London law firm. She qu...
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7th January is Divorce Day

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For many of us, the most depressing thing about Monday 7th January is that it marks the first full week back at work after the new year. However, for some it is also the day that marks the end of their marriage. In fact, so many people pick up the phone to a divorce lawyer on this day that is now known as 'Divorce Day'.& ...
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PM Announces Civil Partnerships for Mixed-Sex Couples WILL Happen

PM Announces Civil Partnerships for Mixed-Sex Couples WILL Happen
Marriage has in recent years undergone change that has made it widely available to same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples. While that focus has of course been well meaning, in its wake it has left another segment of the community stranded when wanting to formalise their relationship.The Civil Partnership Act 2004 made it possible for same...
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Groups rally together to dispel common law marriage myth

Groups Rally Together to Dispel Common Law Marriage Myth
A coalition of legal organisations and legal charities have joined together to urge the Government to update the outdated legislation relating to cohabiting couples and the myth of "common law" marriage. On 18th August 2018, the busiest day for marriages in the UK this year, these organisations have collectively written to the Government urging a c...
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Divorcing in England and Wales after Overseas Marriage IS Possible

Divorcing in England and Wales after Overseas Marriage IS Possible
​You would be forgiven for believing that the place in which you marry has some relevance to the place in which you must divorce. The assumption that you have no choice in where to divorce and you must divorce in the country where the marriage took place is simply not true. The truth is that it does not matter where in the world you marry; if ...
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Mills V Mills - No 'Second Bite at the Cherry'

Mills V Mills - No 'Second Bite at the Cherry'
The Supreme Court, the highest Court in the country has recently ruled in the case of Mills V Mills that the wife, having exhausted her capital by entering into a series of unwise financial transactions, could not have increased periodical payments from her ex-husband to fund part or all of her rent.The wife had been left with sufficient capit...
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