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Family Law Blog written by Susan Harwood

Comment on divorce & family law 

5 important questions to ask a family lawyer before you instruct them

Questions for your family lawyer.

Instructing a family lawyer is something you might only do once in your life, so knowing what questions to ask when you first talk to them is very important. I’ve suggested five key questions which are worth asking, to make sure you are getting the best possible, most appropriate service for your family law needs.

Who is entitled to spousal maintenance?

Am I entitled to spousal maintenance.

When a couple separate whether one party is entitled to claim spousal maintenance from the other is a common concern. There are several factors that need to be considered:

  • Length of marriage
  • Whether each party is working
  • The age of the parties
  • Who is looking after any children of the marriage
  • Can both parties manage financially without spousal maintenance?

It’s important to understand that spousal maintenance is just that, financial support from one spouse to another paid on the breakdown of a marriage. It does not apply to unmarried couples and is different to child maintenance.

Cohabiting couples rights UK - 4 essential facts

Cohabiting couples property, children and inheritance.

More and more couples are choosing to live together rather than marry. Cohabiting couple families are now the fastest growing family type (according to ONS data).  There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couple families in the UK. Unfortunately, many don’t realise their legal rights when it comes to their relationship, property, children and inheritance. This blog sets out just four of the most important considerations for a cohabiting couple with a family.

Is my marriage void or voidable? The devil is in the detail

Is my marriage void or voidable.

As a family lawyer for over ten years I have frequently been asked by clients whether they can have an annulment, rather than a divorce. It seems like a simple question, but in order to answer their question I need to get into some legal niceties.

5 reasons for an expat to divorce in England

5 reasons to divorce in England.

When faced with a breakdown of your marriage, things can be complicated enough but if your situation also has an international element, things can be even harder to work through as often there is more than one country that could deal with your divorce.

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