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2010 vs 2016: How families and households are changing in the UK? Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

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A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics has highlighted ways in which UK ‘family types’ are changing, in particular that the number of unmarried, cohabiting couples is continuing to rise. The survey encompassed 18.9 million families, and a number of the statistics are detailed in this handy infographic from Goodwins Family Law Solicitors. … Continue reading

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Divorce Rates at Their Lowest Due to Rise in Cohabitation Before Marriage Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

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Studies have suggested that younger couples who get married are more likely to stay together, due to the increase in couples living together before marriage. In years gone by, it was sometimes referred to as ‘living in sin’, but in modern times, sharing a home before getting married has helped to strengthen unions and help … Continue reading

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The Data of Divorce – Latest Divorce Statistics for England & Wales Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

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Divorce statistics change year on year, with fluctuations occurring in varying degrees of severity. We’ve created this infographic to help give you a clearer understanding of the trends in divorce, as well as comparing them to the previous 10 years’ statistics. The most recent statistics, released in December 2015, account for divorces in 2013 only. … Continue reading

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Budget 2015: How do the new Inheritance Tax Laws Affect You? Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

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In July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne brought about an emergency Budget that concerned the Inheritance Tax threshold that was previously in place for UK citizens. This article will look into what changes have been made and how they might affect you. Changes to the Budget The current threshold is £325,000 per person and has been frozen … Continue reading

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Calls for ‘No Blame’ Changes in Divorce and Separation Cases Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Divorces that are mutually agreed upon should not require a court visit from the involved couple, according to Sir James Munby, the UK’s most senior family judge. Sir Munby also called for unmarried couples to have the same rights as married couples when it comes to separating. Currently, if a relationship between two cohabitants ends, … Continue reading

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Changes to the Children’s and Families Act – April 2014 Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

In 2011, the Family Justice Review analysed the family justice system and made several recommendations to areas that needed reform. Single Family Court One such area that was subject to reform was The Family Court. The Family Court has jurisdiction over all family proceedings, as set out in section 31a of the Matrimonial and Family … Continue reading

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Leave to Remove Applications Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

A Leave to Remove application is where a parent or main carer of a child or children asks for the court’s permission to leave the area of this jurisdiction i.e. England and Wales with the children to live abroad on a permanent basis. In the event that the parents are unable to agree whether the … Continue reading

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Financial claims after a long period of separation Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

A recent Supreme Court decision has emphasised that unlike practically every other area of law, that there is no statute of limitations principle applying to financial claims after a divorce.  In other words, unless a Court has formally dismissed a spouse’s financial claims then their ability to make a later financial claim against their former … Continue reading

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Challenges to Legal Aid in Domestic Abuse Cases Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

In September of this year, the High Court made a decision to allow a challenge to the rules on legal aid for domestic abuse victims. The original government ruling, passed in April 2013, required domestic violence victims to provide a prescribed form of evidence if they were to receive legal aid. The changes were made … Continue reading

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Child Custody: Essential Information Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

If a couple feels that their marriage has broken down irreparably, then divorce is often the next step that they take in order to legally and formally dissolve the marriage. The length of the divorce process varies with each couple – some can be resolved quickly with minimal fuss, while others can become very protracted … Continue reading

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Your Guide to Prenuptial Agreements Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

With the seemingly relentless media coverage that surrounds any celebrity wedding and, in turn, any celebrity divorce, we hear a lot about prenuptial agreements and what they consist of, usually containing eye-watering sums of money. But what exactly is a prenuptial agreement and how do they work if you aren’t lucky enough to have a … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Judical Separations & Divorce Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Before applying for a judicial separation, it is important that the differences between it and divorce are fully understood. There are a number of variations between the two processes, and this article will examine them in order to help you get a better understanding of the proceedings. The Legalities In a Judicial Separation, the result … Continue reading

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Increase in Divorce Following The Christmas Period Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Although it may seem like a time for happiness, joy and love, the festive period can provide stumbling blocks for married couples that can often result in divorce. There are a number of factors that can lead to this unfortunate result, and as the festive season approaches, figures show a spike in the number of … Continue reading

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What to Look for In a Family Law Practice Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

When you’re choosing a family law practice to help you resolve any disputes you may have, there are a number of factors that you need to consider to ensure you get the best possible results. From accreditations to the amount of experience they have, everything is important when it comes to family legal matters. This … Continue reading

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Making An Inheritance Act Claim In 2014 Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

If a person dies without having set out the division of assets in their Will, then there is a large scope for the courts to decide how any assets are distributed amongst relatives. If a party feels that the deceased has not given them reasonable financial provision under their Will, then an Inheritance Act claim … Continue reading

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Splitting Up – What’s Yours and What’s Mine Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

When a marriage ends, there can often be confusion as to the dividing up of possessions between the couple. Belongings need to be divided up as fairly as possible, but there are a few mitigating factors that must be considered where the division of possessions is concerned. Every separation is different, and there are different … Continue reading

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Parental Responsibility Agreements Explained Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

A Parental Responsibility Agreement was once a rare occurrence, with child custody rulings being commonplace in divorces involving children. Parental responsibility is automatically given to t he biological mother of the child, but not always given to the biological father. If the biological father was married to the biological mother at the time of the … Continue reading

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International Divorce – What Are The Options? Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Divorce is never an easy process to go through. It takes a lot of work, stress and negotiations to complete and can be very challenging for the people involved. When the divorce involves two people in two different countries, the challenges and difficulties are multiplied.  Different countries have different stipulations regarding divorce, and that can … Continue reading

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Cut Price Divorces – A Good Idea? Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

A quick search of DIY or cheap divorce through any search engine will result in many attractive ads suggesting that getting a divorce can be cheaper than ever before. These range from very small amounts such as £37 up to the higher end of the spectrum – £200, to rival that of any solicitor’s fee. … Continue reading

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How Marriage Differs From A Civil Partnership Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Celebrated by many same sex couples throughout the UK, a civil partnership offers an excellent alternative to marriage with the same symbolism and significance of that of a marriage ceremony. Since its implementation in 2004, there have been over 18,000 civil partnerships formed. However, this does beg the question – how does a civil partnership … Continue reading

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Are Pre-Nuptials Exclusively For Celebrities? Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

You may have noticed over the years that an increasing number of celebrities are ensuring that their millions will be safe through signing a pre-nuptial agreement with their husband or wife-to-be. In their case it is entirely understandable, being that many celebrities are vulnerable to ‘gold digging’ behaviour and would like to ensure their assets … Continue reading

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Divorce – the repercussions & considerations if children are involved Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional time for everyone involved, and if you are parents, your child or children could be severely affected. It is therefore important to take steps towards helping your children understand and cope throughout this difficult time. The Effects Of Divorce On Children  In a report funded by the Economic … Continue reading

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Understanding the rise in global family disputes Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

The number of international family legal disputes dealt with in the UK has quadrupled within the last four years. The majority of these cases are attributed to a rise in child abduction, adoption and forced marriage. In addition to this there has been a sharp rise in legal disputes, 40% in 2013, between pare nts … Continue reading

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Piercing the corporate veil: Prest v Petrodel Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Specialist family law firms have recently had cause to celebrate following the landmark ruling achieved during the divorce case, Prest v Petrodel. Mrs Prest filed for divorce in 2008 following a 15 year marriage which produced 4 children. Mr Prest “resisted her claims for ancillary relief” on several grounds, the most significant of which was … Continue reading

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Goodwins Family Law Solicitors Welcome Article Posted on by Goodwins Family Law Solicitors

Goodwins Family Law Solicitors are delighted to welcome you to our new blog. Here we will provide information and details of any special offers we may have on, internal developments within the firm, analysis of landmark or interesting cases and wider issues in the profession that may impact upon our clients. It will be a … Continue reading

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