January 23, 2017 | Posted by : J Morris
This week is Family Mediation Week, and we’re spreading the word about this simple, stress-reduced process. If you’re coming to the end of your marriage by mutual consent, there’s no need for the process to be lengthy, inconvenient or expensive. Mediation is the fastest-growing solution to separation and divorce and by far the least stressful. It's a process whereby the two sides sit down with a trained and experienced mediator and work things out simply and amicably. Comfortably, too, because you can arrange everything at a time and place that suits you. Best of all, Mediated divorce costs on average a quarter of the conventional court ...
May 19, 2016 | Posted by : J Morris
Child maintenance is the regular payment of financial support to a child or children’s primary caregiver (eg: the parent or guardian they live with for the majority of the time) by the non-residential caregiver. Some parents negotiate child maintenance through the family courts as part of a financial settlement, or use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to claim statutory child maintenance when communication between parents is difficult. However, it’s also possible to arrange child maintenance privately between you and your ex, with the professional guidance of a family law solicitor.
Making private arrangements for child maintenance will require trust, cooperation and collaboration – which is why it ...
September 13, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
Moving in with your partner is one of those milestones that can make or break a relationship. There are so many positives to cohabitation (spending more time together, halving your bills, having someone to cook you dinner once in a while!) but there are also a few hurdles to clear first, such as the stresses of moving, learning to live with each other’s little habits, and arguing over DIY…
On a more serious note, it’s important to take your financial situation into consideration as a cohabiting couple – there’s no such thing as ‘common law marriage’, and your assets won’t necessarily be ...
July 21, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
It’s important to update your will any time your personal circumstances change – whether you’re having a baby, moving house, or separating from your partner. One situation that is often overlooked is when you enter into a new relationship where one or both of you have children from a previous marriage. In this instance, it’s especially important to amend your will to include any step-kids (presuming you want them to share in your inheritance, of course!) as they will not automatically be covered by intestacy rules unless you have formally adopted them.
Intestacy rules state that spouses, blood relatives and adopted children ...
March 04, 2015 | Posted by : J Morris
When a relationship comes to an end, the first major issue most couples need to tackle is their living arrangements. Dealing with property law can be a complicated process, and it’s always best to seek the advice of an experienced family lawyer before you start making decisions. Your housing rights will depend on your marital status, any dependants, and whether you own or rent your home.
If you own your home outright or have a mortgage and both your names are on the title deeds:
You and your ex-partner both have a right to stay in the home if you are both legal owners;
You may also return to the home, even if you have ...
December 07, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
This time of year, even the sparkliest of relationships can come under fire. If you’re going through a tough patch with your partner or dealing with separation, you probably aren’t feeling particularly festive, but that’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a break over the Christmas period. Whether you’re together or apart, use the following advice to help reduce your relationship stress.
If you’re a parent in the middle of a separation, the first thing to do is get some advice from your solicitor and, if possible, a referral to a mediator so that you can meet together and lay down ...
September 15, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
Put it in your diary! Frances Lindsay & Co are hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on the 26th of September to raise money for people living with cancer. Come and join the world’s biggest coffee morning at Maidenhead’s favourite family lawyers from 10am - 3pm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
A £5 donation will also get you 15 minutes of legal advice on a range of issues, including family law, property and conveyancing, wills and probate,
May 28, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
From a legal point of view, separating as a cohabiting couple is both easier and more difficult than divorcing as a married couple. On the upside, you do not need to change your legal status from married to unmarried by going through the process of divorce, but it’s still important to be aware that cohabiting couples have very few rights in terms of claiming the fair division of partner’s assets.
Unless a co-habitation or living together agreement is drawn up with the intention of making it legally binding, cohabitating couples do not enter into any form of contractual arrangement in relation to their financial affairs in the ...
January 10, 2014 | Posted by : J Morris
A recent report by parenting website Netmums revealed that divorcing parents may not be aware of the impact their separation has on their children. A survey of 1,000 parents and 100 children suggested many families find it hard to communicate their feelings about divorce, leaving children unable to speak up about their feelings. The report displayed a worrying discrepancy between the perspectives of parents and children following a separation.
From the children’s point of view, almost half of respondents felt as if they had to hide their feelings from their parents, while 14% said they weren’t able to be honest about ...