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Child Maintenance Fees

When things go awry in families, of course it’s not only the couple that is affected. In an already stressful situation, it’s unfortunate that it’s so often the innocent children that pay the price in many ways. Parents are required by law to provide for their children no matter what the living arrangement may be.…

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What is the Court of Protection?

Do you have a relative or friend that no longer has the capacity to make sound decisions for themselves? Then you may be familiar with The Court of Protection. What is the Court of Protection? In English law, the Court of Protection is a superior court of record created under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.…

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Married at 16

While it may have been something our parents or grandparents frequently did, getting married under the age of 20 these days is not quite as common. Lovestruck teenagers excitedly tying the knot is one thing. But being coerced against your will into such a union by your family is quite another. Child Marriage Child marriage…

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No More Blame Game

Changes to the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act set to come in to effect on 6 April 2022 will be a true game changer. At the moment, in order for a divorce to go through as fast as possible, some sort of blame needs to be assigned to the other party. Because of this, it…

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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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