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How to convert a civil partnership into a marriage

If you are in a civil partnership and want to be married instead, you do not need to end your civil partnership first. Instead, there is an established legal process that allows you to quickly and easily convert your civil partnership into a marriage. What...

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Family disputes can involve a lot of conflict and resolving them can be highly stressful and emotionally draining, as well as potentially taking a long time and costing a lot of money. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers a non-confrontational way to...

5 benefits of creating a cohabitation agreement

Couples who are not married or in a civil partnership have no automatic legal rights if they separate, meaning many people risk being treated unfairly or left with nothing if their relationship breaks down. This can be particularly problematic for those who...

Legal options for gay parents

An increasing number of gay people – both individuals and couples – are having children. There are various ways of doing this, with adoption, surrogacy and sperm donation being the most common. There are also a growing number of LGBT people with...

Are divorce rates really increasing?

We’ve all heard the saying time and time again: “half of all marriages end in divorce”. There has been a dramatic change in societal attitudes towards marriage and divorce over the past several decades, and it is generally perceived that...

Getting a divorce: where to start

Getting divorced can be intimidating and is usually an emotional time for everyone involved. The divorce process can seem complicated and confusing, but making sure you understand exactly what to expect and what you need to do can help reduce the...

What counts as "unreasonable behaviour" in divorce?

When you apply for a divorce, you will need to show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. There are five reasons accepted for the break down of a marriage: adultery, desertion, having lived apart for 2 years (if your spouse agrees to the divorce)...

10 famous quotes about divorce

Going through a divorce or the end of a civil partnership can be highly upsetting and stressful. However, it’s important to remember that many, many people have gone through this before and have come out the other side okay. Below we share 10 famous...

Absent parents finding 'loopholes' to avoid child maintenance

Loopholes in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) are allowing many absent parents to get away with not paying all that they should to support their children. New research by single parent charity Gingerbread reveals that many non-resident parents only pay a...

Top tips for talking to your children about divorce

For many people getting divorced who have children, telling the kids can often be the hardest part. The thought of how upset and confused your children will be can make it incredibly difficult to break the news and many parents simply have no idea how to...
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