Category: Family Law & Divorce

 

Ready for No-Fault Divorce

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.

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Should I make a Will after I have had a baby?

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.

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What rights do absent parents have if they come back into a child's life after several years' away?

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.

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Civil partnerships for heterosexual couples – an update

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.

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What happens when a parent wants to move away and take the children with them?

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.

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When the end of summer spells the end of marriage

September is traditionally a time of new beginnings, with children off to school or university and parents back to work, but for many couples, the end of summer can spell the end of marriage.

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Civil partnership or cohabitation – which is better?

Not everyone wants to get married in a church or registry office. For many cohabiting couples, a civil partnership is far more attractive – it moves away from the idea of women being the ‘property’ of their husbands and is infinitely more acceptable to those who do not follow any particular faith.

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Your rights as a step-parent after a divorce

If you’re a recently divorced step-parent and are wondering what rights you have to see your step-children, there are a few things you need to know. Jane Wheeler takes a look at what happens after a divorce, what measures a step-parent can take in order to gain access to a step-child, and whether there any financial obligations that need to be met.

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Divorce goes virtual, but complex cases will keep their day in court

A new online service should cut the stress of applying for a divorce according to the Ministry of Justice, but family law professionals say it’s likely to benefit only those with simple finances who are pursuing the DIY route.

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Child custody agreements - how to make disagreements over children less painful

No matter how acrimonious the break up, making the process as stress free as possible for the children should be the main priority. It will certainly be the family court’s main priority so it is in everyone’s interest to keep disagreements over children as calm as possible. How can you do that and get the best outcome for your children? Here is our five-point guide.

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