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ONS reports 3.4% uptake in civil partnerships in 2016

October 14, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The latest ONS report on civil partnerships has revealed in increase of 3.4% in 2016 as compared to 2015, a total of 890 across England and Wales. The findings show the first annual increase in civil partnerships since the introduction of same sex marriage in 2013. Other statistics from the study include: 68% of civil partnerships in 2016 were between men 49% of those entering into a civil partnership in 2016 were over 50 years of age, compared to 19% in 2013 The average age of those choosing civil partnerships was 49.9 years for women, and 48.6 years for men London is the most popular area for civil partnerships, with 38% of ...

You’ve heard of a pre-nup, but what is a post-nuptial agreement?

October 07, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Divorce solicitors report growing numbers of clients requesting 'post-nuptial agreements' within the past three years. Just like you might update your will, a 'post-nup' is a chance to amend an existing pre-nup or create an official agreement if you didn't make one before you got married. And while a pre- or post-nup is not currently legally binding, the UK family courts do take these agreements into account during separation proceedings, so long as they are reasonable in nature, signed by both parties, and have been drawn up by a licensed legal practitioner. But why would a couple decide to create a 'post-nup' in the first place? Anecdotal research by divorce solicitors suggest that ...

Buying Property: What is Conveyancing?

September 25, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Look, we know you just want to go out and browse your estate agent’s list of lovely, shiny new houses, but there are a few legal issues to get in order before you can buy your dream home. One of the most important aspects of buying a property (and, incidentally, one of the most common pitfalls buyers encounter) is the conveyancing process. In simple terms, conveyancing deals with legally transferring the ownership of a property from one person to another. This process begins when your offer is accepted, and it ends when the keys to your new home are in your hands. The bit in between is mainly ...

Know your rights during divorce and separation

September 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

With increasing numbers of separating couples going to court without legal support, it’s vital more than ever that you know your basic rights when it comes to divorce. Allowing yourself to be bullied, manipulated, or hurried through the separation process may result in you missing out on assets that you have a right to claim. Understanding your rights is an important first step when entering into separation – whether you choose to go to court, or use a private method like mediation, arbitration or collaborative family law. Family Law organisation Resolution also has plenty of free resources to help you find a family lawyer ...

Property & Conveyancing: Making an Offer

September 11, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

  Making an offer on the home of your dreams is nail-biting stuff. What if your offer is refused? What if someone gazumps you? What if the whole thing falls through at the last minute? What happens if you change your mind? Research has shown that buyers can make the decision to buy in as little as ten minutes, but it’s important not to race ahead and let your heart overrule your head when it comes to making an offer. Follow our top tips below and maximise your chances of getting the property you love: First things first: do your research! You might be 99.9999% sure you want to make an ...

Pensions and Divorce

August 25, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Divorce rates for the over 60s are increasing, and for this age-bracket in particular it’s likely that pensions will play a significant part of the pot of assets to be divided during separation. According to a report from the International Longevity Centre, the number of ‘silver-splitters’ increased by 85% between 1990 and 2012, with an estimated 22,000 divorces predicted by 2037 for the over 60s age-group. Financial experts are concerned that many women of this age are failing to take their partner’s pension into account when negotiating divorce settlements, impacting significantly on their post-retirement income and resources. When accounting for individual and joint assets it’s vital to include pensions in financial negotiations as ...

Resolution highlights the need for more financial advisors in family law

August 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Family law organisation Resolution recently published a report in partnership with the Personal Finance Society highlighting the need for collaboration between financial advisors and family law professionals. The report reveals that there is only one financial specialist accredited in family law for every 5,000 people seeking divorce each year – a total of just 42 advisors in the UK. National chair of Resolution Nigel Shepherd explains the rationale behind the study: “We know from talking to financial planners and advisers who are already Resolution members that the world of financial advice is changing. “What clients want is sound guidance and trusted support. This is especially true in times of change or upheaval, and they do ...

Decided to separate? What happens now?

August 13, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Making the decision to separate can be overwhelming as you try to juggle both emotional and practical issues and work out a way to move forward. There are so many factors to consider – from living arrangements to children’s issues – and even comparatively small decisions, like who gets the sofa, can turn to full scale arguments. To make things easier, start by making a checklist of priorities and gradually draw up a tailor-made action plan. Try to work through each point with your ex as collaboratively as possible, and make good use of your solicitor’s advice and expertise. To get you started, here are a few of the major aspects of ...

A lack of legal aid is affecting mediation numbers

August 04, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

  The government has admitted that cuts to legal aid may have influenced a drop in the number of couples using family mediation to work through the separation process. Following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) of 2012, the amount of mediation information and assessment meetings (MIAMs) declined sharply, and numbers currently stand at approximately half previous levels. Before the LASPO act, legal aid helped to fund MIAMs and facilitate contact between individuals and law firms, and couples were previously required to consider mediation via an assessment before they could receive legal aid to cover the costs of going to court. The cuts to legal aid appear to have had a direct knock-on effect on this process. ...

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