If you own property with someone but are not married or in a civil partnership then having a Declaration of Trust over the property you own setting out the terms of your ownership is critical. But, what happens to these documents if you later choose to marry or enter a civil partnership? Are they still binding and determinative?
The lead-up to the festive season is an exciting time for children, filled with fun, food, and celebrations. However, for parents who are separated, the run-up to the winter break can be a difficult time, particularly if the arrangements for the children have not been agreed.
Here are our top tips for separated parents to help navigate this period.
With the introduction of no fault divorce (or no fault dissolution of Civil Partnerships) in April 2022, many couples are choosing a DIY route for their separation in an effort to move forward productively together. There are huge benefits to this, particularly if there are children involved, as being able to divorce without blame or waiting a considerable period can make the whole process less hostile.
Going through a divorce can be a tough, emotional journey. Once you have your Final Order in your divorce/dissolution it can feel like the weight of the world has lifted and that you can now focus on everything else. There are, however, some really important follow up steps that you need to ensure are ticked off your to-do list:
As the October half term approaches, many divorced or separated parents will be taking their children abroad on holiday. If you are thinking about a trip with your child where you will be taking them to another country, there are few important points to consider before your trip:
It remains a common misconception that unmarried couples in the UK have the same legal rights as married couples when it comes to buying property or cohabiting. In practice, this means that one party can find they have little protection if the relationship breaks down. Regardless of how long you have been living together, you do not have the same rights or protections as a married couple.
The government’s response to the Law Commission’s recommendations is expected shortly, and it will be very interesting to see if marriage laws are updated.
Deciding what to do with your assets can be difficult and challenging for separating couples. Whilst some may consider Court to be the only option if you cannot agree, couples are being urged to consider mediation to settle disputes if it is appropriate. The Family Procedure Rules require couples to have attempted mediation (or another […]
Before you know it, school will be out for the summer, and already the lovely weather has brought the feel of a fast approaching holiday within reach. For children, this is often the happiest time of their year, a chance to take an academic break, away from grades and pressure in favour of ice cream, […]
The continuing squeeze on court funding is likely to create repeated administrative issues, and the benefit of a Family Law Team with advocacy experience, like Hedges, enables them to cover court hearings which may have to take place at the last minute.