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Nov 27 2017

National Cohabitation Awareness Week

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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…

Oct 27 2017

Why a DIY Divorce Is Not a Good Idea

Philippa Buckland

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.

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…

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 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…