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How can you get through Christmas before separating in January?

January is often the month couples choose to progress a divorce.  If you feel you are in this situation it is essential, for the sake of your family, that you work out how best to get through Christmas before separating in January. For some couples, Christmas is the reason they decide to separate.  Certain arguments […]

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How do you divide the family home when you divorce?

If you are getting divorced or dissolving a civil partnership, you will need to split your assets fairly with your former partner.  As it has such a high value, one of the biggest and most complicated decisions you will need to make is how best to divide the family home when you divorce. The first […]

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Could couples who enter into a Declaration of Trust or DIY prenups when buying a property end up with nothing if they get divorced?

Couples who enter into a Declaration of Trust or prenups before buying a property together are being warned they could end up with nothing if they get divorced.  The risks are even higher if the couple chooses a ‘DIY’ prenup based on the many online templates now being made available. Both DIY prenuptial agreements and […]

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How can parents agree where their children spend Christmas?

Children all over the UK are waiting eagerly for Christmas.  However, when parents are separated or separating, Christmas can be challenging, difficult and even upsetting so how can parents agree where their children spend Christmas? Before we look at the detail, it is crucial to remember the most important thing.  Everyone involved must put aside […]

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How can you reduce the financial stress in a divorce?

Even under the most amicable circumstances, divorce is never easy, it’s hard on everyone involved.  However, as money will play a huge role in helping both parties take the next step, one of the most stressful aspects of a divorce is the financial side so how can you reduce the financial stress in a divorce? […]

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Financially what am I entitled to in a divorce settlement?

The answer to the question “what am I entitled to in a divorce settlement?” will vary depending on the exact nature of your case and the assets and circumstances involved. The starting point will normally be a 50/50 split.  However, it is important to understand that this is very much only a starting point.  From […]

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Which criminal charges would you face if your dog attacks someone?

When Ian Price from Stonnall, Staffordshire was attacked and killed by two XL bully dogs while he tried to defend his mother from the animals, the call to ban XL bullies understandably intensified.  However, if you are a dog owner, do you know which criminal charges you would face if your dog attacks someone? What are XL […]

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Can you change a Child Arrangements Order?

If the residence and contact arrangements for your children are set out in a Child Arrangements Order and one parent breaches the terms, can you change a Child Arrangements Order? The simple answer is you can, but as with all family law matters, the circumstances will dictate when, how and why a Child Arrangements Order […]

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Can a Maintenance Order be varied?

A Spousal Maintenance Order (or Periodical Payments Order) is the financial obligation the court decides one party in a divorce will pay the other party following their divorce.  It will be a set amount paid on either a weekly or monthly basis for a defined period but, once it’s in place, can a maintenance order […]

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Can we debunk the most common myths about common law marriage?

One of the most common myths about common law marriage is it exists! It did once but the concept was abolished in 1753 so it is incredible that it lives on in so many people’s mind. A recent study carried out by The National Centre for Social Research discovered 46% of us still believe that a cohabiting […]

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