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Articles : February 2008

Divorce and family law explained 

Telling the children about divorce

By Woolley & Co, on Friday February 15, 2008 at 1:04pm

from Find Your Way Through Divorce by Jill CurtisAll children will want to know what a divorce will mean, how it will affect them, and what changes are likely to take place. How you tell them will depend on their ages and the particular factors affecting your own situation. The best way is for both parents together to tell the children about the separation, in a way they can understand. But even parents who both accept that this is...

Same sex couples - the Civil Partnership Act

By Woolley & Co, on Tuesday February 12, 2008 at 10:39am

The Legal framework The Civil Partnership Act became law in the UK on the 5th December 2005, and from that date onwards same-sex couples have been able to register their partnership at their local Register Office. Registration gives the parties just about all of the legal rights and responsibilities of  a married couple, including rights in housing, inheritance, pensions and employment, and concerning children. Registration also brings with it some of the legal responsibilities that a married couple would have....

Same sex partnerships - what’s in a name

By Woolley & Co, on Tuesday February 12, 2008 at 10:39am

An awful lot for many of us. It can mean the difference between feeling we belong or making a statement of independence and being attached to a name we ‘landed’ from a previous failed relationship.But did you realise that you can officially change all, or any part of your name? The most common change is a surname. People often wish to share the same surname as their partner, without the commitment of marriage if a Civil Partnership....

Unmarried fathers parental rights

By Woolley & Co, on Tuesday February 12, 2008 at 10:38am

You might think that father's parental rights are reasonably straight-forward. Certainly the media would have us believe that fathers are being increasingly encouraged to take on responsibilities for their children's upbringing. But if a couple are not married the unmarried father may get a shock when it comes to paternity rights.Men co-habiting with someone with whom they have children may get a nasty shock if there is a separation. Even though you both know that you are...

Moving in together - what happens if things go wrong

By Woolley & Co, on Tuesday February 12, 2008 at 10:37am

There are so many issues which arise when a relationship ends, and it is often hard to keep on top of all the different decisions which will need to be made. The hardest part may be making the decision that the relationship is over – but the consequences of this will doubtless touch all aspects of your life. These days, more couples than ever are bringing assets such as properties with them into a relationship, but have no real idea...

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