Today marks the start of national Cohabitation Awareness Week which aims to raise awareness about the lack of rights that exist for unmarried couples who live together.
Led by Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters; the week will shine a spotlight on unmarried couples who are at risk of losing everything if the relationship breaks down.
Sophie Pincott, partner and family law solicitor at Peter Lynn and Partners, commented “There are about 7 million people in the UK living in this type of relationship, making this the fastest growing family type in the country. Most couples we work with mistakenly believe that they acquire “common law” rights after living with their partner for a certain amount of time or having children together”.
“The sad reality is that unmarried couples in Wales have very limited legal rights and responsibilities towards each…
More and more couples are living together without getting married and many people
believe that cohabiting couples have equivalent rights to married couples once they have lived together for a period of time (the myth of ‘common law marriage’).
However, this is not the case in England and Wales.
People who live together but do not marry never acquire the same rights and responsibilities as those who do get married, no matter how long they are together and regardless of whether or not they have children.
Nevertheless, if you own your own property, or are moving into a partner’s property, there are issues…
A pre-wedding checklist is essential and part of this checklist should be the consideration for a prenuptial agreement.
In today’s modern society, prenuptial agreements are no longer just for the rich and famous. Courts are beginning to recognise the importance of a parties’ autonomy and will consider prenuptial agreements when all the correct procedures are followed and conditions are met.
Prenuptial agreements enable you and your future spouse to agree what you want for the future before you get married. As you and your spouse are entering into an agreement of how the assets will be split should the marriage end,…
Peter Lynn and Partners specialise in child law, understanding the sensitivity and expertise required when dealing with the interests of children. Our experience of acting for parents and children in difficult child arrangement disputes allows us an intimate understanding of how to work towards the best interests of the child.
When a family is separating, whether the parents are married or not, planning the future of any children involved is difficult. With whom and where will they reside? What contact will take place? Where will they be educated? Will they keep the same name?
If issues regarding the time each parent…
The Office of National Statistics has reported that English seaside towns have a higher proportion of divorcees than elsewhere in England.
Blackpool tops the list at 13.1% of the population being divorced.
If you are affected by relationship break up and need expert advice call Sophie Pincott on 01792 310731
The announcement of Hero Melia as ambassador of charity Kids in the Middle reminds us all of the delicate position of kids in matrimonial disputes. The charity provides support to young people affected by parental divorce.
For expert considerate advice on children and related issues contact Sophie Pincott on 01792 310731
We are pleased to announce that we are sponsoring employee Jon Cudd, who represents the Wales Deaf rugby team.
Jon, who has impaired hearing in his left ear, trained as a lawyer and is based at the firm’s Morrison office. He has represented Wales Deaf since 2006 and also plays for Morriston RFC.
In June 2013, he will join the team as it visits Tallinn for the second successive year to play an international match against emerging rugby nation Estonia. His employer’s sponsorship will assist with the travel and accommodation costs of the tour.
Legal Partner Sophie Pincott, said: “It is a…