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Common law marriage – it doesn’t exist!

Many people are under the mistaken impression that there is such a thing as ‘common law marriage’ – and that cohabiting couples enjoy similar legal status to married couples, according to recent research.

The British Social Attitudes Survey – carried out by The National Centre for Social Research – found that almost half of people surveyed in England and Wales (46%) thought that couples who live together but aren’t married have the same rights as couples that are legally married.

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Sharing financial assets after separation and divorce

There are a number of big decisions that need to be made when you are separating from a partner or spouse; if you are married, you will need to work out what your financial assets after separation are, and make sure that they are equally and fairly divided.

How to calculate the ‘financial asset pot’ 

Some assets that will need to be taken into account when calculating the financial asset pot,

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Divorce reform should be pushed through – for the sake of the children

A recent poll carried out by YouGov has highlighted the fact that people are keen for divorce reforms to be implemented, to reduce the impact that divorce under the current rules can have on many people, especially children.

Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals who believe in a constructive,

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Supreme Court decision on payment of extra rental costs

The Supreme Court recently heard an appeal against an order made in the Court of Appeal, which had increased the amount of money paid as periodical payments to his ex-partner. 

The case, Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38  involved a couple who had divorced in 2002 following a 15 -year marriage.

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Court of Appeal ruling may impact maintenance agreements

A recent high-profile divorce ruling may have far reaching implications for future payments under maintenance agreements in divorce proceedings.

Waggott -vs Waggott, which has been called the ‘meal ticket for life’ case, reached the Court of Appeal recently, where it was decided that the annual maintenance payments Kim Waggott had been awarded for life from her husband should in fact end after three years.

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Shared Parenting – Tightening up the Law

When parents split, their children are expected to be at the forefront of their parents’ minds – will they live with one parent or share their time with both? When will they see the other parent? Who has the final say on major decisions, if anyone? It can be a difficult time for parents and children alike.

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