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Guide to prenuptial agreements in the UK

Emma Roberts
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Prenuptial agreements take the form of a written agreement between a couple prior to their marriage. The purpose of a prenup is to set out ownership of all of the couple’s belongings (assets, money and property) and explains how these...

Is Children's Services the same as Social Services?

Victoria Gethin
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Children’s Services has replaced Social Services although are often still known as “social services”. The new Children Act in 2004 placed a duty on children’s social care to promote co-operation with partners such as health...

DIY family law - should I represent myself?

Bethany Corday
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Accessing legal advice or representation can be costly. It is important that you have access to legal advice before you consider how to resolve a dispute in relation to a family matter. Access to legal aid is now available in only limited circumstances...

Which court order is appropriate for my family/child dispute?

Jackie Price
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When couples separate it can be a very stressful time particularly where children are involved. Ideally parents should make decisions between themselves as to what is best for the child after separation. Mediation is a process where parents can be assisted...

Why a pre-nuptial agreement may be the best wedding gift

Emma Roberts
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With the summer approaching, the wedding season will soon be upon us. As the concept of what makes a perfect wedding changes so has the approach of couples towards their finances and for many a pre-wedding checklist now contains the item “organise a...

Does the decree absolute cut financial ties with a former spouse?

Emma Roberts
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The answer is “no!”. However this is a very common and potentially costly misunderstanding.  The decree absolute ends your marriage but only a financial order can cut your financial ties. Without a sealed financial order from the...

Can I stop my former partner applying to court about our child?

Bethany Corday
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The short answer is usually, no. It is often necessary to involve the court where parents cannot agree arrangements for the child, for example where the child should live and what, if any, time the child should spend with the other parent. But, what...

Can I take my children abroad on holiday if I am separated from their other parent?

Bethany Corday
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We are fast approaching summer and many parents will now be looking to take their child(ren) on holiday over the summer period – if not only to break up the six week holidays!   But what happens where parents are separated and your...

Practical tips for a positive separation

Emma Roberts
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Coming to a decision to separate, get divorced or having that decision announced to you, has many consequences and will bring many reactions and emotions, as with any other loss. Whilst the end of a relationship can for some understandably be...

What is section 20 accommodation and when can it be used?

Victoria Gethin
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Earlier this year, Katie Price explained that she was considering making the difficult decision to place her son, Harvey, into residential care due to his complex needs and the dangers of his challenging behaviours to himself and his family. It has now...

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