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Prenuptial agreements | A complete guide

A prenuptial agreement is a bespoke document drawn up by a solicitor or lawyer. It is a sound and sensible way to protect the assets you have worked hard for, when entering into a marriage or civil partnership. Many people shy away from putting a prenuptial agreement (or ‘prenup’, for short) in place for fear […]

Divorce and finances: A guide to dividing assets upon divorce or separation

On this page, we offer a comprehensive guide to divorce and finances. Read on for more information about financial remedy orders, asset protection, and dividing up your personal and business assets. Frequently asked questions when dividing up finances on divorce Click the links to jump to the answers. How do I make a financial agreement […]

No-fault divorce – everything you need to know

Today, the landmark no-fault divorce law comes into effect in England and Wales. This means that divorcing couples no longer have to play the ‘blame game’ or provide evidence of their marriage breaking down. This much-anticipated shift is the first change to divorce law in over 50 years and completely replaces the old system. Most […]

We’re supporting Good Divorce Week 2021

The journey through separation, divorce and beyond is complex and challenging, and for many, this has been heightened further throughout the pandemic. While every family is different, there are ways to help families and their children through the difficult process of separating. We’re supporting Good Divorce Week 2021 – a national campaign to help parents […]

Ministers reveal new date for introducing ‘no fault divorce’

In what is dubbed as the “biggest reform of divorce law in fifty years”, married couples will be able to divorce without blame as of 6 April next year. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force in April 2022 and will enable the first ‘no fault’ divorces. The new date, revealed […]

Warning for remarried ‘baby boomers’: Check that your will is up to date

Remarried couples with complex family arrangements have been urged to ensure their wills are up to date, by a professional association that specialises in succession planning. The calls come from STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) after an analysis shows that couples from the remarriage boom of the 1990s and early 2000s are […]

Legal protection for cohabiting couples: Top tips

The Office of National Statistics reports that just over half (50.4%) of the population in England and Wales opt for marriage or civil partnerships, but cohabiting couples continue to make up the fastest-growing family type, especially amongst the younger age groups. Many couples still mistakenly believe that certain legal rights will automatically apply after they […]

Family law issues & coronavirus: Q&A 

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown family life into a tailspin, and for those with current relationship, family and divorce issues, things may get even more complex while the crisis is ongoing. Our Legal 500-rated family law partner, Sharon Giles, answers some frequently-asked questions on the family law-related issues that may arise out of the coronavirus […]

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