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Covid-19, lockdown and child arrangements

Posted in Family & Divorce on 14th Jan 2021
For many parents, the current Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the unthinkable: situations where parents cannot see or talk to their own children. We receive hundreds of enquiries from parents who want to know what to do and what their legal rights are during this lockdown period. We will answer your frequently asked questions below. Can I see my children during the lockdown period? The Government has issued guidance which states that you can see your children during the lockdown period. There is an exception to the ‘stay at home’ rules, which...

How quick can I get a divorce?

Posted in Family & Divorce on 13th Jan 2021
How long does it take to file for divorce? To end your marriage in England and Wales you must have been married for at least 12 months before filing for divorce and entering into divorce proceedings. A divorce where both parties are in agreement to the divorce and the reasons why, would typically take between four to six months before the coronavirus pandemic, now the times vary slightly. Sometimes, it might take you longer if you are unable to sort out any issues relating to money, property or children. Sorting out your money and property is dealt...

Legal Separation Rights: Cohabitation vs....

Posted in Family & Divorce on 7th Jan 2021
“We live together so we have the same legal protection, don’t we?” This is a common misconception formed by parties living together and sharing household bills. They wrongly presume that they have the same legal rights as a married couple. Interestingly, in the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in couples opting out of marriage and preferring to cohabitate. According to the Office for National Statistics (UK), the proportion of families containing married or civil partnered couples has decreased from 68.6% in 2006 to 66.8% in 2019. In contrast,...
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