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To Divorce or Not To Divorce?

There seem to be differing reports on the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the divorce rate. Some are reporting a decline while others say there has been an increase over the last year. In the beginning of the pandemic the divorce rate seemed to be on the increase. Amongst other things, the main…

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How to Avoid Adult Siblings Falling Out Over the Family Home.

With rising house prices and the pandemic wreaking havoc on people’s finances more and more adult children are remaining at home with the parents. While this solves problems with immediate financial burdens it could be potentially setting up a conflict with other siblings over future ownership of the family home. Grown-up children may have sound…

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Pandemic Vs Probate

The probate service has announced that waiting times for Probate has plummeted to only 5 weeks despite the difficulties faced during the pandemic. It’s safe to say most sectors in the legal industry have struggled to avoid delays during the Coronavirus outbreak but the probate sector has had to work tremendously hard to keep up…

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Holiday on Stamp Duty Land Tax Has Been Extended

After the first Coronavirus lockdown came to an end in July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced a holiday regarding Stamp Duty, in the hope to help the housing market recover after the pandemic. This was originally planned to last until 31st March but, to the relief of many, this has now been extended to 30th…

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Locked into an unhappy marriage

On 25th July 2018, 5 judges decided that Tini Owens must remain married to her husband of 40 years. Mrs Owens had filed her divorce petition citing her husband’s unreasonable behaviour as the ground for irretrievable marriage breakdown. Mrs Owens stated that her marriage made her feel “unloved, isolated and alone” and provided 27 examples…

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Civil Partnerships Open to All

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have today won the right to enter into a Civil Partnership rather than get married. You may recall their campaign to enter into a Civil Partnership with each other suffered a huge setback in February last year when the Court of Appeal refused permission. In a historic landmark judgment, the…

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Grandparents to have automatic right to see grandchildren after divorce

When going through the process of divorce, the effect on relationships between grandparents and grandchildren can often be overlooked. Whilst one would assume that grandparents have automatic rights of contact with their grandchildren, that it is not actually the case. If a parent withholds contact between grandparents and grandchildren, the only way to have that…

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Is my divorce valid?

In light of recent media attention, you may find yourself asking exactly the same question. So what has happened? Firstly, you need to consider if you fall into one of the following categories: You started divorce proceedings on or before your 1 year anniversary – legal rules state that a petition must not be presented…

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Toxic Masculinity

In recent weeks, reality tv stalwart “The Only Way is Essex” has found itself under the spotlight following the behaviour of 2 of its stars, James Lock and Myles Barnett. One uncomfortable scene involved James calling his girlfriend derogatory names. In another, Myles was screaming at his girlfriend in the street. It is extremely concerning…

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A Royal Wedding

With the Royal Wedding fast approaching, it is inevitable that talk will turn to Pre / Post -Nuptial agreements. These agreements set out what would happen if the engaged couple go on to marry and subsequently divorce. But, are they binding? With the help of decent solicitors and the inclusion of certain key elements, they…

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