Sohaib Khan, Author at Shortlands Law Firm
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The lowdown on male domestic violence

Domestic abuse can affect anyone in any walk of life, age bracket, salary band or gender. According to statistics released in 2018* by ManKind, an organisation that provides support to male victims of domestic violence, one in six or seven men will suffer from domestic abuse sometime during their lifetime. For every three victims of domestic abuse, including instances where force is involved, two will be female and one male. Seeking expert help from as...
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Grey Divorce

What is a “grey divorce” Grey divorce is a term coined to describe older couples who are seeking a divorce after, perhaps decades of marriage. Over the past twenty years or so, solicitors have been reporting a steady rise in the numbers of grey divorces. As with any divorce, separating in your later years can be an extremely difficult time, both emotionally and practically. Reasons behind the rise There are several reasons why more and...
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Spring clean your legal red tape

Spring is a time when many of us sort through our belongings, give our houses a clean and tidy up the garden. So, it makes sense to take some time to do the same for your legal paperwork to make sure everything is up to date and reflecting your correct legal position. Here are some areas to cover in a legal paperwork spring clean. Separation or divorce This is a topic that can fester and...
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Crisis at Christmas?

It is a well-known fact that divorce rates increase exponentially straight after Christmas, as couples feel the strain of being thrown together to play ‘happy families’ and trying to please and placate everyone involved. For those already experiencing strife in their relationship, this can often be the final straw and ‘getting a divorce’ is all too often added to the New Year’s resolutions list. Although the prospect of a strained Christmas can seem unbearable, there...
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The lowdown on civil partnerships

In June 2018, a heterosexual couple won the legal right to enter into a civil partnership instead of a marriage in the UK. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan from London successfully convinced the Supreme Court that the current status of the UK’s 2004 Civil Partnership Act, which currently only applies to same-sex couples, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. While the judgement does not compel the UK government to change the law...
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