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Avoid the pitfalls when looking to co-habit rather than marry

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) co-habiting families are the fastest growing family type in the UK.  According to the data, co-habiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014. However, legislation protecting co-habiting couples have not moved with the times.  The Co-Habitation Rights Bill has been in the early stages of passing through Parliament for some time now, but it needs to be made a priority. The perception...
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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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Why you need a Will

Many people think they do not need to make a Will because the Rules of Intestacy will make sure their closest relatives inherit their money and property after their death. But these rules were originally drafted in 1925 and do not cover many common family situations today. You need a Will:- If you live with a partner without being married or in a civil partnership. (Without a Will your surviving partner will have no provision...
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