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The History of No-Fault Divorce

From Autumn 2021, no-fault divorce will come into force in the UK – the first major reform to divorce law since the 1970s. The new process will put an end to what critics call the ‘blame game’ the current law forces couples to play. ...

A Day in the life....of an Associate Solicitor

Have you ever wondered what your family law solicitor gets up to day to day? Do they spend all day rushing from court hearing to court hearing or is it all office work? Actually, it’s a bit of a mix of everything; some drafting, some court work, and...

Interim Maintenance for Spouses - What is it?

Going through a divorce or civil partnership dissolution is stressful for everyone involved. There are so many threads to untangle with your former partner, from deciding on future living arrangements, to sorting out childcare, to deciding how to split your...

Can an Adult Be Legally Adopted in the UK?

Adult adoption is legal in many countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan and Germany, however, the UK is not one of them. Only a child under the age of 18 can be legally adopted in the UK and, unfortunately, many do not realise until it is too late. But...

Form E - What is it and how do I complete it?

If you need the court to assist with financial matters on divorce or dissolution, you and your former partner will have to complete a document called Form E. Your family lawyer may also ask you to (and help you) complete Form E if you want to resolve...

Do sperm donors have parental responsibility in the UK?

Thanks to scientific advances, there are a number of options available to individuals and couples who are unable, or find it difficult, to have children. One such option is donor insemination, otherwise referred to as sperm donation. This where an egg is...

How does surrogacy work in the UK?

Surrogacy is an increasingly common option for couples and individuals who wish to start a family but are unable to conceive themselves. In fact, according to the Law Commission , the number of children born through surrogacy could be up to 10 times higher...

What happens if my ex-partner stops paying child maintenance?

Raising a child by yourself is a difficult and emotionally taxing task, but your situation can become even more complicated if you stop receiving child maintenance payments from your ex-partner. Missed payments can be detrimental for both you and your...

How does parental responsibility work in civil partnership dissolution?

The breakdown of a relationship is an emotional and stressful time which can be made even more difficult if you are considering what arrangements need to be made for your children in the future. Having parental responsibility means you have rights and...

Do I have to share my pension during divorce?

If you are going through a divorce, there are plenty of financial arrangements that need to be made. As your pension is likely to be one of your highest value assets, it is important to understand how it could potentially be divided between yourself and your...
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