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Divorce law blog

The kids are alright – financial support for separated unmarried couples


07/04/2017   By: Marc Saunderson
“We’ve lived together as common-law spouses, will my ex have to support me financially now that we’re separating?” There is a common misconception that couples who live together for a number of years obtain the same rights on separation as those who are married. In our survey, 26 per cent of those asked believed that unmarried couples who had been living together for more than a year had the same legal rights as married couples. For those cohabiting families that did have dependent children, the survey revealed that almost three-quarters of respondents (73 per cent) did not know what kind of support they would be entitled to for their children if they separated from their partner.

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How WILL I protect my assets?


06/04/2017   By: Caitlin Jenkins
“I have been cohabiting with my partner for years. We have no wills but surely they’ll inherit everything on my death?” What happens when one cohabitee dies? Our research revealed that 44 per cent of the cohabiting couples surveyed had not made a will. It is important to know what difference having a will makes because, unlike married couples, cohabiting couples have no right to inherit from each other under the intestacy rules.

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Safe as houses? The unmarried couple and the family home


05/04/2017   By: Nick Stone
“We’ve lived together as common-law spouses, do I have rights over my home now we’re separating?” Not necessarily. As shown by our recent survey, many people believe that unmarried couples who live together for a number of years have the same rights to property and financial support on separation as married couples. But there is no such thing as a common law marriage and the laws applied to divide a cohabiting couple’s property are very different from the laws used to divide a married couple’s assets.

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Myth of the common law marriage leaves cohabitees vulnerable, a new survey reveals


04/04/2017   By: Alison Bull
A recent YouGov survey commissioned by us here at Mills & Reeve highlights that many people who are unmarried but live with their partners do not fully understand their legal positions and have no idea what rights they would have if they were to separate in due course.

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Can an opposite sex couple enter into a civil partnership?


14/03/2017   By: Emma Noble
The Court of Appeal recently decided that, no, opposite sex couples cannot enter into a civil partnership. However, the judgment was far from clear cut and the decision adds to the growing pressure on the government to reform the law for unmarried couples on separation.

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Can a judge stop me divorcing my ex?


01/03/2017   By: Amardeep Bahia
It may seem surprising (and archaic) that you are denied a divorce on the basis that your husband’s constant beratings are "minor altercations of a kind to be expected in a marriage” and that you’re “more sensitive than most wives”, but that’s exactly what happened in the case of Mrs Owens. Her case may be highly unusual but it shines a light on the need for divorce law reform.

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What happens if my ex breaches a child arrangements order?


15/02/2017   By: Claire Molyneux
What can you do if the court has made a child arrangements order (CAO) relating to your child but your ex is not complying with it?

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Resolution's "Good Divorce Week" - ending the blame game


01/12/2016   By: Rebecca Auster
Resolution is a community of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members (over 6,500!) follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems and which encourages solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children. Here at Mills & Reeve, our family lawyers are all proud to be members of Resolution.

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Good Divorce Week - keeping your options open


29/11/2016   By: Rebecca Auster
This week is Resolution’s Good Divorce Week. Resolution is a community of professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve family disputes in a non-confrontational and constructive way. Good Divorce Week highlights Resolution’s work and also the Code of Practice that all of its members follow.

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Breadwinner vs Homemaker


25/11/2016   By: Nicola Rowlings
The Office for National Statistics recently launched an online calculator that allows you to value all those household chores you do. From cooking to childcare, gardening to DIY, the ONS have given this unpaid work a value based on the average wages of those who are paid to do those tasks.

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