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Splitting Up – What’s Yours and What’s Mine

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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 ways to define the ownership of certain possessions. This article will elaborate on how belongings are divided up. Shared Property When a couple separates, if the property they live in is owned under both their names, then it can be divided by half. However, in some…

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Parental Responsibility Agreements Explained

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 the 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 child’s birth, then he will have it. However if the mother agrees, then both parents can sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement. The agreement consists of the legal duties that a parent has to their child. If a parent does not apply for the agreement, then there is…

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International Divorce – What Are The Options?

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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 make negotiations very tricky. If you are going through an international divorce, one of the most important elements to your process is speed. This will enable you to check that the courts of your partner’s country can adequately deal with the case. Co-operation between you and…

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Cut Price Divorces – A Good Idea?

Cut price divorces - a good idea

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. With this in mind, a cut price divorce can seem like a very attractive option, particularly if you are under financial constraint. Essential Steps Many websites will try and hook you with cheap promises of fast divorces, however there are some essential steps which cannot and…

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How Marriage Differs From A Civil Partnership

How marriage differs from a civil partnership

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 differ from marriage? The Civil Partnership Act Under the civil partnership act, same-sex couples were given the right to form a partnership in the same way that heterosexual couples could through marriage. A civil partnership gives many of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage legally…

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Are Prenuptials Exclusively For Celebrities?

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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 are firmly in their own hands and not at risk during the course of a divorce, however does this mean that the ordinary couple should forgo this step before marriage? Your Assets If you have any significant assets that you have amassed prior to the marriage…

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Divorce – the repercussions & considerations if children are involved

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 and Social Research Council, it was found that children who experienced a divorce without proper support were “consistently associated with psychological distress in adulthood during [their] early 30s.” The report studied children of varying ages and backgrounds, and regardless of these factors it was found that…

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Understanding the rise in global family disputes

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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 living in different countries. Lord Justice Thorpe, who co-wrote an annual report on the subject, states that the number was set to continue to rise due to the “globalisation, increasing movement of persons across borders, and the ever rising number of family units which are truly…

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Piercing the corporate veil: Prest v Petrodel

Piercing the corporate veil: Prest vs Petrodel

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 that he claimed the financial provision she was entitled to wasn’t within his possession. This referred to several properties which were registered as belonging to a number of companies which Mr Prest had founded, and as these companies by law have their own legal personality, Mr…

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Goodwins Family Law Solicitors Welcome Article

What to Look for In a Family Law Practice

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 space designed to keep our clients informed about our operations, something we believe will have benefits for all. So check back here regularly for further details and updates, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team with any queries you may have.

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