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Covid-19: managing divorce during a pandemic

As the Covid 19 lockdown begins to slowly ease, the unfortunate reality is that not all marriages and relationships will be coming out the other side – with divorces sadly expected to rocket in the coming months. Some families may have enjoyed the ‘strange new reality’ of being together all day everyday. You’ve most likely…

Domestic Violence during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Police forces and charities across the U.K have warned of a potential spike in domestic violence cases during lockdown. With families spending an increased amount of time in a confined area, there is a higher violence. There are many people, whether they realise it or not, who are in abusive relationships. The current definition of…

Is a Premarital Agreement really for everyone?

Most people have heard of premarital agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements/prenups, usually in relation to a celebrity marriage breakdown in tabloid news. Although typically perceived as for celebs or the very wealthy, people of all means have started to understand the benefits and take action themselves, with an increasing number of couples wisely putting…

Divorce: don’t go it alone

The new year brings a new start for many, but unfortunately for some things to start anew something has to end. January is widely known to be the month where many married couples seek to begin divorce proceedings; so much so that first working Monday of the year has been dubbed ‘Divorce Day’. Regardless of…

High earning wives ‘bullying’ men out of generous divorce settlements

According to a recent report in the Telegraph, more men than ever are receiving generous payouts from the divorce courts, with some also securing ongoing monthly maintenance from bread-winning wives.

This is likely to be an increasing trend, with women earning higher salaries and often being the main earner in a family. The Institute of Public Policy Research states that for 1 in 3 UK families, it is the wife who is the higher earner.

Childcare issues following divorce or separation

Relationship breakdowns are often more challenging where there are children to consider. The children rarely understand why their parents must live apart and have difficulties themselves coping with the changes. Resolving issues such as where your children will live and how you’re going to care for them now you are separated can be a minefield.

The potential complexities surrounding childcare have featured heavily in the media as, following his recent and very public split from Angelina Jolie, actor Brad Pitt is seeking joint custody of their six children.

Gary Lineker attacks “greedy” divorce lawyers

Former England striker Gary Lineker has gone on the attack, criticising lawyers for attempting to boost their fees during the divorce process. The comments come following Mr. Lineker’s split from his second wife. He was previously married to his first wife for 20 years. Talking to the Radio Times, he said that: “Just generally speaking,…

Could Panama Papers lead to an increase in divorce challenges?

The leak of over 11 million documents from Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca might be causing our politicians some difficulties, but they are not alone. Wealthy individuals who hid the extent of their wealth from their ex-partners could now also find themselves in trouble. In a huge list, 37,000 names have been identified as being…

Refusal to allow heterosexual couples civil partnerships is NOT a breach of human right

The campaign to allow heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships suffered a blow last month as the High Court ruled that the current law – which denies opposite-sex couples this option – does not breach human rights legislation. Under UK law, while same-sex couples can choose to have a civil partnership or marry, opposite-sex couples cannot make a relationship official by any means other than marriage.

Bank of Mum and Dad forcing children to sign pre-nups

According to The Law Society of England & Wales, there has been a sharp increase in the number of inquiries about pre-nuptial agreements. This rise is fuelled by parents looking to protect their investments when helping children onto the property ladder.

Rising house prices and strict mortgage requirements mean that today, more and more first-time buyers are struggling to afford a home. With deposits of at least 10% needed in many cases, and a severe shortage of affordable homes, according to a report by the National Housing Federation, some 3.7million young people will be living with their parents by 2020.

Legal aid cuts leave families without lawyers

A recent article has highlighted the real life cost of the cuts to legal aid.

Addressing the thorny issue of access to justice, The Guardian introduces readers to a man forced to battle for custody of his children without a family lawyer, as he cannot afford to pay for legal representation.

Judge allows publication of article about children in care

A judge has permitted the reporting of a child care case by a freelance journalist.

The case in question involves a mother whose severe mental health problems did, at times, make it unsafe for her to care for her children. The mother has had a number of children taken into care in the past, but is now able and well.

The mother speaks publicly about her experiences on and offline, and, with her full support, the journalist applied to the court for permission to incorporate her story into an in-depth article about the care system.

Should heterosexual couples be able to enter into civil partnerships?

A campaign is mounting in the UK to allow heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships.

Under UK law, same-sex couples can now have a civil partnership or marry under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. However, opposite-sex couples are not afforded the same options, and cannot make a relationship official through any means but marriage.

However, with a vast number of people turning their backs on marriage, the ability to formalise long-term relationships through other legal means has never been more important.

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