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Family Law Blog : March 2014

Comment on divorce & family law 

What does gay marriage really mean?

The early hours of Saturday March 29, 2014, saw the first gay marriages in England and Wales after a change in the law allowed same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony rather than “just civil partnershipped”. The debate on whether this should or shouldn’t happen seems to have been running for years.Looking at the legal history, persons of the same sex were not allowed to get “married” at all. However, opinions over time changed and...

How to make an agreement stick after divorce

I will often speak with a new client who says they have “reached an agreement” with their spouse in relation to how their assets should be divided on separation or divorce. I am told that they both accept that their marriage has broken down and have sat down together to discuss what should happen to their house and other assets. Now they want to know how to make it legally binding.Solicitors are sometime accused of “racking...

How will the Children and Families Act 2014 help those going through divorce?

Last year the coalition Government proposed that there should be some major reforms to the Family Justice system. It drafted and presented to Parliament the Children and Families Bill. This was to take forward their commitment to hopefully improve the services for vulnerable children and support strong families. In our line of work, the proposals were seen as a way to deliver a better way for children and families who have to go to court after family separation.It is...

What questions do divorce solicitors get asked?

The range of questions I get asked as a family solicitor is quite mind-boggling - and they are not always related to the legal profession. However, there is a small band of them that come round time and time again. So I thought it might be useful to try and address some of the most common divorce and family law related questions in this blog.A general piece of advice for clients though is to think about what you are...

Pre-nuptial agreements: new law proposed

Pre-nuptial agreements have been headline news in the last week. A report from the Law Commission includes a draft bill which could, finally, make pre-nups and post-nups legally binding. If correctly drawn up, with both parties getting expert advice and happy to be involved voluntarily, they currently do carry weight with judges but are not backed by law.The Law Commission has been considering for some time the case for legal reform with a view to “qualifying nuptial agreements...

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