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Oct 5 2017

Cohabitation Agreements.

Sophie Pincott

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 you need to consider one of which is a cohabitation agreement.

It might seem unromantic when you are preparing to move in together for the first time, however addressing such issues in advance should avoid, at best, disagreements and, at worst, legal proceedings if things do not work out long term.

So…

Oct 3 2017

Is A Prenuptial Agreement In Your Wedding Checklist?

Sophie Pincott

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,…

Aug 15 2017

New Addition to Mumbles Office

Sara Plant, Katherine Simpson and Peter Lynn

Peter Lynn and Partners are proud to welcome Katherine Simpson to their Mumbles office.

Katherine, who joined the firm in May, specialises in residential conveyancing and has an unrivalled knowledge of the property market in Mumbles and Gower.  Katherine commented, “I am looking forward to working from the Mumbles office and continuing the client relationships I have built over many years”.

Her appointment comes at a time of growth for the Newton Road branch on the back of high local demand for wills, probate and family law services.  Peter Lynn, Senior Partner, commented: “The office is a key part of the…

Aug 8 2017

MUMBLES OFFICE IS KEY TO LEADING LAW FIRM

Peter Lynn and Partners Mumbles Team

Whilst many businesses look to centralise operations from larger offices, Peter Lynn and Partners are not only proud to maintain an operational office in Mumbles but are seeing a rapid growth in demand for their services.

Peter Lynn, Senior Partner commented “As one of the largest law firms in South West Wales, many people would assume we operate from a central, out-of-town office block but we value our network of community offices and Mumbles is no different”.

Whilst the Mumbles Office specialises in Wills, Residential Conveyancing, Divorce and Family Law, the Newton Road team are just a phone-call away from the…

Apr 16 2017

What is a Child Arrangement Order?

Sophie Pincott

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…

Mar 2 2017

When The Court Says You Cannot Get Divorced

Philippa Buckland

You may recently have seen in the news a case involving a woman who had been married to her husband for thirty-nine years. Mrs Owens had decided to divorce Mr Owens on grounds of his unreasonable behaviour and made twenty-seven allegations of his treatment of her including how she felt he “constantly mistrusted her” and was “insensitive” to her. Her husband decided to defend the divorce saying that he did not believe that the marriage had irretrievably broken down.

It is important to remember that there is only one ground to end a marriage or civil partnership in other words…

Feb 28 2017

Cohabit or Marry?

Philippa Buckland

The wedding season is nearly upon us but these days many more couples decide to cohabit rather than tying the knot. However, it is important to know that being unmarried can create a financial disadvantage should the relationship fail in the future.

In the eyes of the law, there is no such thing as a common-law husband or wife. If you are not married you cannot necessarily claim a share of your partner’s income, capital or pension upon separation, no matter how long you have been together or how many children you may have between you.

If your partner passes away…