Category Archive: Family

How to navigate co-parenting arrangements during lockdown

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on 23rd March 2020, the country has been placed into a police enforced lockdown which has introduced a new raft of restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In such unprecedented times, this has undoubtedly raised questions as to exactly what we can and cannot do. The guidelines state…

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Cohabiting Couples Q&A

What does “common law marriage” mean and is it legally valid? “Common Law Marriage” is likely attributable to the fact that there are common law principles that apply to cohabiting couples. Nevertheless, there continues to be a misconception that a “Common Law Marriage” exists and that it provides the necessary protection for unmarried couples. In…

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Getting Married Abroad Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about getting married abroad and what documentation you need to take with you if you are marrying or entering into a civil partnership abroad. Luke Stephens, our Trainee Solicitor in our Matrimonial department, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our…

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The value of speaking to a solicitor for legal advice – Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about how as Solicitors we can provide tailored, expert legal advice you can rely on. Jessica O’Shea, one of our Solicitors in our Childcare department, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below: Tell us about your role…

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Supporting clients through a relationship breakdown Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about how we can help support clients through a breakdown in a relationship. Luke Stephens, our Trainee Solicitor in our Matrimonial department, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below: As a solicitor how do you ease stress…

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The rights of cohabiting couples Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about how Solicitors can help cohabiting couples protect their rights and the considerations unmarried parents should be aware of. Luke Stephens, our Trainee Solicitors in our Matrimonial department was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below: What does…

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Understanding no-fault divorce Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat this morning on Twitter answering questions about no-fault divorce and what these changes mean for the divorce process. Our Trainee Solicitor, Luke Stephens, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance. We’ve set out our answers out below. What is the current process for divorcing or ending a civil…

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Pre-nuptial Agreements Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about pre-nuptial agreements, what they are and if they are enforceable in England and Wales. Our Chartered Legal Executive, Sandra Waller, and our Trainee Solicitor, Luke Stephens, were on hand to provide some much needed guidance. What is a prenuptial agreement and is it a legally…

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Divorce – 50/50 Splits are Fair, but What About Post-Separation Earnings?

When divorcing couples have contributed equally to their marital fortune, the general rule is that assets will be split 50/50. However, as one ‘big money’ case showed, it is not always  as simple as that and complications can arise in respect of wealth that has been generated post-separation. Prior to a professional couple’s marriage, the…

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Pensioner Siblings Jailed for Contempt in Context of Big Money Divorce

Court orders must be obeyed or the whole system of justice breaks down. In a case on point, a brother and sister – with a combined age of almost 150 – were sentenced to imprisonment for contempt of court in the context of a big money divorce. The brother, aged in his 80s, had been…

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