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Statutory Legacy for Spouses and Civil Partners raised to £270,000

Statutory Legacy for Spouses and Civil Partners raised to £270,000 The Lord Chancellor has increased the amount of the statutory legacy payable when a person dies without a Will leaving behind a spouse or civil partner and children. The statutory...

Family Mediation Week 2020

The Family Mediation Council has published the results of its 2019 Family Mediation Survey to coincide with Family Mediation Week, taking place from 20th-24th January 2020. Professional family mediators act as neutral third parties to help ex-partners have...

Prenuptial Agreements - Frequently Asked Questions

What is  pre-nuptial Agreement? We take a look at some common questions about pre- and post-nuptial agreements, in our latest series of blogs from Linda Hunter, head of Family Law. Do I need a pre-nuptial agreement?/ Should I have a pre-nuptial...

Aren't all family solicitors the same?

There are lots of different family solicitors and most will have the same general qualifications and experience – being a practising solicitor for example, or having some knowledge of family law. However, not all family solicitors are the same, and it...

What is spousal maintenance?

The courts are frequently tasked with the difficult question of whether maintenance should be paid to a former spouse or civil partner following divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership and, if so, how much and for how long. Following a divorce or...

Do I need a financial Court Order when getting divorced?

A financial Court Order is a type of Order that can be made when two people get divorced, or dissolve their civil partnership. It sets out the financial provisions for each party in the divorce or dissolution proceedings. Decree Absolute is the Order which...

How much does it cost to get divorced?

The cost to get divorced, or obtain a dissolution of a civil partnership, in England and Wales can vary depending on whether you obtain legal advice or not, and whether the proceedings are defended or “uncontested”. To issue a petition of...

Has registering a marriage just become more difficult?

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act 2019 came into force on 26 th May 2019. One of the key features of the Act was to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. However, there is one part of the Act which seems to be...

Cohabiting couples fastest-growing family type according to ONS

In new statistics published this month, cohabiting families continue to be the fastest growing family type in the UK. The Office of National Statistics has this month published statistics on families and households, confirming that since 2008, there has...

Common divorce questions answered

Continuing in our series of blogs about divorce, Linda Hunter, Head of Family Law, answers some more of your common questions. How do I get a “quickie” divorce There is no such thing as a “quickie” divorce. The same process for...
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