Family Law

Why it’s high time cohabiting couples were given rights

Last summer, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan sought judicial review of the government’s decision not to make changes to the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 to allow different sex couples to enter civil partnerships. Their victory should see civil partnerships extended to different sex couples by....

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Civil partnership bill expected to become law before the end of the year

For couples who dislike the idea of traditional marriage, but would like full legal recognition of their relationship, the news that opposite-sex couples will soon be able to enter into civil partnerships will be welcomed. This move is designed to address the imbalance that allows same-sex couples ....

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Can you ever have a ‘good’ divorce?

Yes, you can. Whilst it might sound like a paradox, it is possible to have a civilised parting of the ways following the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. That’s not to say that it will be easy; ending a relationship never is, but there are steps you can take to minimise the pain and suf....

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Why our divorce laws need to be reformed

The Nuffield Foundation recently released a report entitled ‘Finding Fault’ in which it condemned the prevailing divorce laws in England and Wales, accusing them of forcing couples to make exaggerated and even false claims of adultery or bad behaviour, to obtain a divorce. Under the Matrimoni....

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Domestic violence – not just a problem faced by women

It’s a sad fact of life that domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their social class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle. Much of the media coverage of domestic violence issues highlights the plight of women who find themselves on the receiving end of physical, psycholo....

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We’re divorcing and don’t have any assets to divide, do I need to do anything?

Yes, you do. Even in situations where both spouses trust each other, and neither intends to make a financial claim against the other, there is always a risk that if one of the spouse’s financial circumstances were to change, then the other party might decide at that stage to make a financial claim....

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My wife is with another man, can I divorce her on the grounds of adultery?

If your wife is having a sexual relationship with a member of the opposite sex while you are still married, then this is adultery. This is the case even if your relationship with your wife has come to an end, or you have been living apart for some time. Adultery is one of the five facts that can be ....

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Are our divorce laws still fit for purpose?

Whilst it’s incredibly easy to get married in 2017, divorce it seems isn’t quite so easy. Tini Owens knows this to her cost. Judges in the Court of Appeal recently rejected her petition to divorce, meaning that the 65-year-old is, as she describes it, “locked in” her 39-year-old marriage to ....

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My child doesn’t live with me, what rights do I have regarding their upbringing, including their health and education?

Firstly, you are not alone; every year, 12,000 couples with children decide to live apart. To answer this question, it's important to understand a little about the legal concept of parental responsibility and the duties and rights that this gives parents.   Who has responsibility? Parental....

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Now that I’m divorced, can I change my name back to my maiden name?

The short answer is yes, you can. Many women no longer want to be known by their former husband's name after their divorce. You are not required by law to change your name back to your maiden name, but the opportunity is there for you to do so if you wish. If your married name was exactly the sam....

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We’ve been married less than a year – can we get a divorce?

The short answer is no, you can't. You have to be married for a least a year before you can start divorce proceedings. Once you have been married for one year, you can start proceedings by issuing a divorce petition. However, there are other steps you can take.   A Separation Agreement In ....

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Divorce – Dispelling the Myths

It's a sad fact of life that around two thirds of marriages are likely to end in divorce. In this article we examine the commonly-held misconceptions surrounding divorce. We asked Joyti Henchie, partner at solicitors Attwaters Jameson Hill, to help us separate fact from fiction. Myth- the 'Quicki....

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Prenuptial agreements – Dispelling the Myths

With more and more couples thinking of entering into them, we asked Joyti Henchie, partner at solicitors Attwaters Jameson Hill, to help dispel some common myths and misconceptions surrounding prenuptial agreements. Myth - Prenups are only for the rich and famous No. They are used by people of....

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