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Apr 22 2018

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, is defined across Government as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.

What are the types of abuse?

‘Domestic abuse’ covers a range of types of abuse, including, but not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. ‘Domestic abuse’ can be prosecuted under a range of offences, and the term is used to describe a range of controlling and coercive behaviours, used by one person to maintain control over another with whom they have, or have had, an intimate or family relationship.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident and is the cumulative and interlinked types of abuse that have a particularly damaging effect on the victim.

The ‘domestic’ nature of the offending behaviour is an aggravating factor because of…

Feb 13 2018

Holiday Arrangements Post Separation

In many cases, divorce has a devastating impact on a family, especially where children are involved. One of the major challenges for separated parents can be agreeing on the arrangements for the children during the holidays and on other important occasions.  This, we have seen, is a common area for conflict.

Effective communication and planning ahead is crucial, particularly when considering arrangements for the children.

Holidays and other important dates in the year such as Christmas, Easter, school holidays and birthdays can be a difficult time for children dividing their time between two homes.  If parents are not able to agree…

Jan 2 2018

Divorce After Christmas

Unfortunately, many marriages end shortly after Christmas.

Whether it’s the pressure of creating the perfect Christmas day, the stresses of the festive season impacting on an already strained relationship or a poor decision made under the influence of alcohol; many marriages come to an end at the start of January.

The first working day after New Years, referred to by some as ‘D-Day’, see’s a spike in divorce applications so whether you are thinking of leaving your spouse or your other half has told you the marriage is over, the first response is usually an emotional one.  This can range from…

Nov 27 2017

National Cohabitation Awareness Week

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…

Oct 27 2017

Why a DIY Divorce Is Not a Good Idea

Q:  I’ve heard the divorce forms are now more “user friendly”, so why should I use a solicitor instead of doing the divorce myself?

A:  Although the court forms have recently changed there are still many pitfalls and easy mistakes that can be made by those inexperienced in completing divorce petitions

Q: Such as?

A:  For example, there are five facts you can rely on to get your divorce.  No solicitor would ever advise you to use desertion, unless there were really exceptional circumstances, as it is a very technical legal definition, but the number of people using desertion as a result…

Oct 5 2017

Cohabitation Agreements.

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…

Oct 3 2017

Is A Prenuptial Agreement In Your Wedding Checklist?

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,…