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When to use a separation agreement

A separation agreement allows you to agree the practical details of a separation, whether it is temporary or potentially more permanent. It gives everyone involved certainty over issues such as where both parties (and any children) will live, how costs such...

Supreme court rules heterosexual couples should be able to have civil partnerships

The Supreme Court has ruled that a heterosexual couple should be allowed to enter into a civil partnership, rather than getting married, setting an important precedent. The landmark case was brought by Dr Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, a...

Is applying for a divorce online a good idea?

Thanks to a new Ministry of Justice initiative, people across England and Wales will now be able to apply for a divorce online. The intention is to speed up the divorce process and reduce the number of applications being returned due to mistakes. While this...

What are the grounds for annulment of a marriage?

Having your marriage annulled means showing that the marriage was never legally valid in the first place and thus having it declared void. This means that, legally, it will be as if your marriage never took place leaving you free to marry again. There are...

What is the fastest way to get divorced in the UK?

When facing the prospect of divorce, it is understandable to want to get it over with as quickly as possible while making sure your interests are not compromised. While this is likely to be an emotionally challenging time, it is important to try to be as...

Taking children abroad after divorce - what you need to know

If you are planning on taking your child or children abroad, whether for a holiday or to live permanently, you need the permission of their other parent and anyone else who has parental responsibility. Taking a child overseas without this permission is...

What are a grandparent's rights when a marriage breaks up?

When a couple with children get divorced, it is a standard part of the process to work out what access each will have to their children. However, something that is not always considered is what relationship the children will have with their grandparents. ...

How to protect your business during a divorce

If you own a business and are getting divorced under English law, your business will normally be considered an asset for the purposes of your divorce settlement. This means it could be included in the value of any financial settlement you have to pay to your...

Is mediation right for your divorce?

Mediation is increasingly the most popular option for resolving the issues surrounding divorce and relationship breakdown. Family courts favour mediation as an alternative to court action for divorcing couples and, in most cases, you will need to demonstrate...

Things to know about international divorce

Different countries and cultures often have very different rules around divorce. This means that if you are living abroad, or if you and your spouse are from different countries, or you married abroad, deciding to end your relationship can introduce a number...
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