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What happens to your pets when you divorce?

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We are a nation of dog and cat lovers (it is estimated that 12 million UK households (46% of homes) have pets). In most homes, pets are often viewed as another member of the family, forming a vital part of the family unit. So when a couple divorces or...

The grounds for divorce

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In England and Wales, you must have been married for at least a year before you can apply for a divorce . Only one ground for divorce It is a popular misconception that there are five grounds for divorce. There...

Cohabitation Nation - Resolution Campaign

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This week is Cohabitation Awareness week. This is promoted by Resolution, and organisation which our Family Team are a part of. What is Resolution? Resolution ’s 6,500 members are family lawyers and other...

Pre-nuptial agreements - are they worth the paper they are written on?

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A pre-nuptial agreement (or ‘pre-nup’ as they are often called) can be made between a couple before they marry, and it deals with how their assets and resources would be treated if they were to divorce or dissolve a civil partnership ....

Separation agreements. An alternative to divorce?

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If you are thinking about getting divorced , or dissolving your civil partnership , but haven’t yet filed the papers, you can get a separation agreement drawn up. This sets out who will pay the rent or mortgage and bills, until you decide whether to...

Divorce - Telling the kids

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When a couple decides to split, there is never an easy way or time to tell the children. It can sometimes be just as much of a blow when the children are grown up themselves. But are there any tactics that would make breaking the news to them less painful,...

Are there any legal implications to getting engaged?

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When a couple get engaged it is a time for celebration, congratulations and often a great party. However, what are the legal implications of getting engaged, if any? It used to be the case that a man’s promise to marry was considered in many countries...

How Long Does it Take to Get Divorced?

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Often one of the first questions that clients ask our Family Team is how long does a divorce take? Andrew Stynes , Head of our Family Team , explains that if it is a straight forward divorce and proceedings are not delayed by finalising financial issues...

Should I change my name?

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Separated women (who took their husband's surname upon marriage) often believe they have to wait until their divorce is finalised before they can revert to their maiden name. This is not correct. Any adult has the right to change their surname at any...

Good Divorce Week

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This week is Good Divorce Week. This is a week about seeking the best solutions to what can be the most difficult period that clients can go through. Resolution is a National Organisation of Family Lawyers keen to promote resolution of family separation...

Travelling abroad with children with a different surname

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Although the main holiday season is over, half term and Christmas are looming. For families that have remarried and their children’s surname is now different to theirs this can be a problem at airports. It may be that step-parents are travelling with...

More legal protection for cohabitants in 2016?

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Despite years of campaigning by organisations and individuals, there are few laws to protect the rights of cohabitees and bring them into line with married couples and civil partners. Under current law there is no legal protection for people who live...

Divorce ruling Sharland and Gohul

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Courts are to reconsider settlements made in divorce proceedings. In the above two cases both wives were able to satisfy the court that they had been misled by their ex-husbands in that both husbands had hidden their true worth from the court. Andrew...

Protecting your assets with a Pre-Nuptial Agreement

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As Family Lawyers we are often asked about Pre-Nuptial or pre-marriage agreements and whether people can enter into these to protect their assets in the event of a subsequent divorce. When this issue was considered by the Supreme Court in 2010 it was ruled...

Will pension changes rob divorcees of their income?

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During the course of the last Budget The Chancellor George Osborne reconsidered the rules relating to pensions. These have now been changed with effect from the beginning of April so that pension holders can possibly take their funds as cash lump sum rather...

Separated Parent - Can I take my child on Holiday?

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As Family Lawyers this is a question we are often asked by clients, it is, not as simple as a yes or no. A simple answer would, unhelpfully, be “it depends”. The first question would be, what is the destination of your planned holiday? In the...

Do I need a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

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It seems to be the season for celebrity weddings and it is more than likely that many have made pre-nuptial agreements. Despite all the high hopes, best wishes and optimism on the wedding day, we are all aware that some marriages will, in time, breakdown. ...

Collaboration and Mediation in Divorce

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Going through a divorce is an emotional and upsetting time often fraught with confusion about legal terms and courts. It can be a costly process for both parties. Not many people are familiar with collaborative divorce but this process and also divorce...

Surrogacy - the legal position

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Surrogacy is where a child is carried through pregnancy by a woman, not necessarily the genetic mother, who has entered into an arrangement that sets out who is intended to be the legal parent of the child once it is born. A surrogate mother...

Do Grandparents have rights of access?

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The breakdown of a marriage or long term relationship is extremely upsetting for all involved. For grandparents it can be devastating if they are denied contact with their grandchildren. Unfortunately grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact...

Want a Divorce but dont want to go to Court?

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“We want a divorce but don’t want to go to Court.” This is something that we, as family lawyers hear with increasing frequency. A Divorce can only be granted by a Court. However, frequently this is not a contentious issue and is often...

Pre-Nups are they worth the paper they are written on?

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Currently, Pre-Nuptial Agreements are not strictly binding in English law. In other countries such as USA and most of Europe Pre-Nups are common enforceable contracts. There have been a number of cases which have improved the position of a Pre-Nup so they...