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Civil Partnerships for all?

Marcus Crawley
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On 27 th June 2018, the Supreme Court handed down Judgment in respect of the appeal of a different sex couple who wish to enter into a Civil Partnership, rather than marry. Civil Partnerships were introduced in 2004 to allow same sex couples to have their...

Mortgage Assessments in Matrimonial Financial Cases

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During the course of financial remedy proceedings, it is likely that there will be some change to lifestyle, future plans, housing, etc. The Court is focused on parties being able to suitably re-house with the paramount consideration being to any children...

If I have a Non-Molestation Order, can I provide a copy of my statement to the police or third parties?

Jennifer Allen
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Often an overlap between family and criminal law can occur for victims or those accused of domestic abuse, harassment or threats. It is not unusual for victims of domestic abuse to require the advice of family law solicitors as well as criminal solicitors,...

Decree Absolute Myth

Julie Bennett
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It is a dangerous myth that once you have your Decree Absolute in divorce, this automatically dismisses all financial claims you and your spouse have against each other.  This is not the case, a financial order is required to dismiss all financial...

Special Guardianship Orders

Marcus Crawley
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Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences that a person can go through. This grief is made all the more painful when the loved one in question is taken before their time and leaves behind a young child or children without...

COHABITATION: SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

Tom  Airey
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The common-law marriage myth A recent poll conducted by the Office for National Statistics (Families and households: 2017) showed that unmarried couples living under one roof is the fastest growing family type in the UK, more than doubling from 1.5...

The Divorce Process Explained

Marcus Crawley
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The Court of Appeal has recently had a rare opportunity to consider the position in respect of defended divorce. A defended divorce is one in which the respondent either does not agree that the marriage is at an end or does not agree with the...

Variation of Spousal Maintenance

Marcus Crawley
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During the course of a divorce, a tricky task is to unpick the family finances and then agree who should take what from the matrimonial pot. If agreement cannot be reached between the divorcing couple or in mediation, an application will need to be made to...

How long is my Marriage?

Marcus Crawley
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When you first read the question that forms the title of this article, one might automatically think that the answer is obvious; 'the amount of time that has passed since your wedding day' . This is certainly how to work out which anniversary you...