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What can be included in a financial agreement?

When a couple gets divorced, they may make a financial agreement to set out how assets such as money and property should be divided. If both parties agree, it is normally possible to avoid court, however, if an agreement can’t be made, then the couple...

Can I get a divorce in the UK if I now live overseas?

Divorce laws differ greatly around the world, so if you or your spouse want to petition for divorce while living abroad, it’s essential to seek advice as soon as possible from a solicitor. Getting a divorce in the UK when you or your spouse lives...

No-fault divorce to become law in the UK

The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, announced on the 8 th February that no-fault divorces will be introduced into law. This follows on from a consultation that was launched at the end of last year to propose changes to the law, amid calls from campaigners...

Who has the parental rights to a child when not married?

Parental Responsibility is defined by the Children Act 1989 as ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. This can include things such as where...

What is a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a legal document between unmarried couples who are living together or about to move in together. It outlines what will happen to things like the finances, the property, and children should you decide to separate. It’s...

What is a special guardianship order?

A special guardianship order is a legal order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s ‘special guardian’ until they turn 18. As determined in The Children Act 1989, a special guardian will take on parental responsibility for a...

Everything you need to know about the adoption process

Deciding to adopt a child is a momentous moment in a person’s life, and although the process can sometimes be slow and complex, becoming an adoptive parent can be very rewarding. Knowing what to expect from the adoption process can make it seem less...

How does remarrying affect child support?

If you and your partner decide to separate, you are both still financially responsible for bringing up any children you have together. In these situations, you can either make a ‘family-based arrangement’ yourselves or you can apply to the Child...

The common law marriage myth

A recent survey by the National Centre for Social Research found that almost half of people in England and Wales believe that unmarried couples who live together have a ‘common law marriage’ and that they benefit from the same rights as married...

Mesher Orders - deciding what will happen to your family home after divorce

When marriages breakdown and couples divorce, there are a number of important financial matters to sort out, including how assets will be divided, how children will be cared for and supported and what should happen to the marital home. Quite often, the wife...
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