Category: Family Law

How can I protect my child’s best interests when dealing with my ex-partner?

Going through a separation or divorce is often a deeply emotional and challenging experience, particularly when children are involved. As a parent, you have a legal responsibility to provide care for your children until they reach 18 years old, a duty that continues even after separation or divorce. If you doubt that your ex-partner is…
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Spousal maintenance – What do you need to know?

The concept of spousal maintenance can feel overwhelming for anyone experiencing the emotional and financial challenges of a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. Understanding your rights and obligations is vital, which is why it is highly advisable to consult with an experienced family law solicitor. They can provide valuable guidance and insights, and…
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Law Commission looking at making pre-nuptial agreements legally binding

The Law Commission is currently reviewing the laws related to financial arrangements after divorce and the dissolution of a civil partnership, a legal framework that has remained largely unchanged for fifty years. Expected to be published this year, this review has the potential to significantly transform the legal standing of prenuptial agreements within English family…
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Family Procedure Rules amended – Is mediation the right course of action for you?

Family disputes that end up in court can be an expensive and an emotionally weary experience. While mediation can often be the preferred method of dispute resolution, there has not until now been any obligation for cases to go down this route. However, significant amendments to the Family Procedure Rules have been introduced. Family Procedure…
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The pros and cons of handling your own divorce

Understanding the process of divorce can be complex and emotionally taxing. With the introduction of no-fault divorce laws in England, more couples are considering handling their divorces themselves. Even in seemingly straightforward cases, the drawbacks of a do-it-yourself (DIY) divorce significantly outweigh any perceived benefits. Advantages of a DIY divorce While some may see the…
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Prenups, petnups and postnups – What do you need to know?

When we think of entering a marriage or cohabiting, the legal aspects are often the last thing on our minds. The growing popularity of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, however, along with petnups, highlights the practicality of planning for various eventualities. Prenuptial agreements (Prenups) A prenuptial agreement, often known as a prenup, is a legal document…
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Navigating child arrangements in cohabitation agreements

Cohabitation agreements can be complex legal matters, especially when addressing child arrangements as they often present unique challenges for unmarried couples. While this may seem like an intimidating hurdle to cross, understanding the legal aspects can offer some clarity and guidance for couples. Cohabitation agreements which deal with child arrangements primarily aim to provide security…
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Understanding your property rights in cohabitation agreements

When a couple decides to live together, the legal implications can sometimes take a backseat amidst the excitement of moving in together. One important step that couples should consider when living together is obtaining a cohabitation agreement. By discussing and creating a cohabitation agreement, couples can proactively address potential issues and establish a clear framework…
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