In today’s society, it’s increasingly common for couples to live together as ‘common law’ spouses or co-habitees rather than getting married. The danger of this is that many co-habitees believe they have the same protection as a common law husband or wife, which simply isn’t true. In reality, you have very little protection as an unmarried couple should the relationship end or if one of you dies.
Wedding season is just around the corner, and has an extra buzz thanks to the brace of royal weddings planned for 2018. If you’re tying the knot this year, it’s likely you’ve spent time carefully planning everything from bouquets to bunting. But have you given a second thought to a pre-nuptial agreement? Some couples just don’t want to think about what happens if there isn’t the dreamed of fairy-tale ending. But what if a pre-nup could actually help make your marriage stronger?
After revealing a number of disturbing preconceptions from couples who choose to live together without getting married, the family law association ‘Resolution’ has put issues surrounding cohabitation in the spotlight and firmly on the agenda of the legal profession. Verisona Law’s family specialist, Jane Wheeler, explains why.
Divorce rates are on the rise, according to the latest statistics, and with the increase in the value of family assets, couples should do more to face up to financial affairs during the good times according to professionals.
Unmarried couples have no legal rights if they separate – so without an agreement, one of you could be left with nothing*.
In a divorce, nobody really comes out of the process a ‘winner’. Hostilities between battling former spouses can sour relationships not just between them, but throughout the wider family group too. Courts do their very best to protect the interests and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable members of the family, the children.
Adultery. Desertion. Unreasonable behaviour. These are all grounds to grant a divorce if one party doesn’t agree. But what about unhappiness? Depression? Exhaustion? Head of Family Law at Verisona Law, Andrea Cox, asks if we are now in need of a ‘No Fault Divorce’?
If your relationship does break down we will do our best to get you and your family through the divorce process in one piece.
The news that five Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that Ms Kathleen Wyatt can take legal action against her millionaire ex-husband, Mr Dale Wince, after they divorced 20 years ago, long before he made his fortune, has sent shockwaves through the legal profession.
The Children and Families Act 2014 has established new laws and guidance to help decide where children should live or spend time if their parents have separated and are going through divorce. Here are the key points >>