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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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The new Child Arrangement Programme What is it? is it working?

The old “Residence” and “Contact” Orders (most commonly known in the past as custody and access) were replaced with the introduction of the Children & Families Act 2014, with Child Arrangements Orders, in April last year.  This new term seeks to reduce animosity and the feeling of “winning” and “losing” a child case – all in the best interests of the child. What is it? A       Child Arrangements Order (CAO) means an Order regulating...
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Top 5 reasons why January is the peak month for filing for divorce/separation

It is a well known fact amongst Specialist Family Law Lawyers that the cold month of January represents a surge in the filing of divorce petitions.  In fact, the first Monday in January is known as “Divorce Day”. Why is this? The New Year is seen by many as the time for a fresh start – new resolutions – time for change. Leaving an unhealthy, unhappy and stale relationship is a way of achieving this...
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British Ex-Pat in need of advice about divorce?

We are all aware that many Britons are now living abroad due to work commitments.  Those in Dubai/UAE may find it very difficult to access expert advice in relation to family issues, particularly because the legal system is so different from the UK – a maze, and totally incomprehensible.  However, British ex-pats may still be able to access family justice through the English courts despite living abroad. In the case of divorce, this can be...
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