Separation is always difficult, without the added worry of being a step-parent.
When the word “abuse” is heard most people would think of emotional or physical abuse. Financial abuse in relationships may not be the first thing that comes to mind, however, research and studies have shown that it occurs just as often as other forms of abuse.
The ONS (Office of National Statistics) releases a Families and households report every year. It covers patterns and trends in living arrangements in the UK including families, single occupancy and shared accommodation.
A divorce/separation can be an emotional time. Sometimes, even without realising, parents may express these complex emotions around their children, which can have a negative effect on family life. After a difficult separation, sometimes, one parent can psychologically manipulate a child’s feelings towards the other parent. This is now recognised by the courts and is known as parental alienation.
A ‘Prenuptial Agreement’ is a document that is signed by two individuals before they get married or enter into a civil partnership, and sets out the arrangements for their finances should the relationship come to an end.
With news from the Ministry of Justice that legislation which allows married couples to divorce without blaming each other is ready for Parliament, the ‘No Fault Divorce’ movement is celebrating a significant moment in its campaign.
You've bought the crib, you've decorated the nursery, you've chosen baby names. It's an exciting time when you have a baby on the way and there is a huge amount to think about. But have you thought about making a Will? Nearly two thirds of adults don't have a Will in place, but if you've had a baby, it is one of the most important things you can do.
The concept of a traditional family unit has changed, and, in some situations, this can give rise to problems. Figures from 2016 suggest that not only does it have a huge impact on the mental wellbeing of the family unit, but it has a financial impact too. According to the Relationships Foundation’s report ‘The Cost of Family Failure Index’, the economic impact of family breakdown in 2016 was higher than the UK defence budget, at an astonishing £48billion. That breaks down to an individual cost for each and every taxpayer of £1,820.
Big news for heterosexual couples who don’t want to get married – the law is about to change to allow you to apply for a civil partnership. It’s been a while coming, but one of the last areas of inequality in the world of formally recognised partnerships is about to be rectified.
These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they’re overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country, or just taking a long trip.