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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...

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?

If your marriage has broken down, you may want to move ahead with getting divorced as soon as possible, but sometimes it can be helpful to have a period of legal separation before formally ending your marriage. A legal separation can give you time to work...

What is a Child Arrangement Order?

When a couple separates or gets a divorce, it is a stressful time, but it can be made more stressful if they have children and a decision needs to be made about their care and living arrangements. A Child Arrangement Order is a court order in England and...

What happens to the family home after divorce?

Going through a divorce is stressful, not only because your relationship has broken down, but because it can have a massive effect on your living arrangements and finances. If you own a home together, this can make things particularly complex, as you will...

What happens if your spouse won't agree to divorce?

Going through the divorce process can be a difficult and emotional time for everyone involved, but it can become even more challenging if your partner decides to defend the divorce. A defended divorce happens when the respondent to a divorce petition does...

When to get a pre-nup

A pre-nuptial agreement (or a ‘pre-nup’ as they’re more commonly known) is a formal agreement drawn up prior to marriage that details the division of a couple’s assets in the event of divorce. It can also cover issues such as where...
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