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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? Relationships and the festive season

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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How you Will can help you look after your loved ones after you die

A large part of ‘after-life’ planning should involve how to make sure your loved ones are cared for and financially secure after you die. Making sure you have written a Will and that your loved ones know where to find it is a good start, but there is plenty more that can be done. Protect your partner If you die without leaving a Will, you are deemed to be ‘intestate’ and your estate will be...
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Coping with school summer holidays when you are separated

Roughly one quarter of British families are single parent families nowadays, dealing with the day-to-day challenges of raising children alone. While any time of year can bring with it many complications for families in this situation, a key time for conflict can often be the lead up to the long school summer holidays. Financial pressures, child care concerns and the desire to keep things fair and equitable can often cause emotions to run high. Here...
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