Resolution’s Cohabitation Awareness Week 2019

Resolution was founded in 1982 by a group of family lawyers who believed that a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for separating families and their children.  Since then the organisation, and its members have committed to working in a constructive way.  The membership has grown and now includes other professionals

Separation/Divorce Case Studies: Unmarried v’s Married

In this blog Chris Maulkin highlights two different scenarios of couples separating, in scenario A they are unmarried (cohabiting) and in scenario B they are married. Property Meet Jack (aged 50) and Jill (aged 55).  Jack owns one property in his sole name which has equity of £600,000.  Jack earns £100,000 and has a mortgage

No such thing as common law marriage

Nearly half (46%) of adults in England and Wales mistakenly believe that if couples live together for long enough, or have children together, they become ‘common law spouses’ and automatically obtain the same rights and obligations that they would have if they had been married or entered a Civil Partnership.   So why might this be a

Opposite sex civil partnerships  – why is the law changing?

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was introduced to provide a legal mechanism to recognise same-sex relationships and this same legislation specifically prohibited opposite-sex couples from entering into civil partnerships. Since 2013 same-sex couples have been able to marry.  The two systems of marriage and civil partnership have continued side by side for same-sex couples, whilst

Family Law Partners announce expansion into Horsham

Winners of the national Medium Law Firm of the Year at the recent Law Society Awards, Family Law Partners, has announced its expansion into Horsham with newly appointed Director Kate Elliott heading up a new team. With the firm’s London offices opening its doors at the beginning of the year, 2019 has seen significant growth

Domicile and Surrogacy – What you need to know?

and Richard Jones Why is domicile important? According to UK law when a child is born via surrogacy the surrogate who gives birth to the child is recognised as the child’s legal mother.  If the surrogate is married, the surrogate’s husband is the child’s legal father.  The intended parents must apply for a parental order

Eureka! Lessons from the Ancient Greeks

Alan Larkin writes for Solicitors Journal (August 2019 issue). Advising a roomful of senior lawyers from disparate firms that they needed a god in their heads to succeed with innovation is unorthodox but it grabs attention.  Besides, I think it’s true.  Metaphorically, of course.  My workshop opener was enthousiasmus – the Greek root of our

Family Law Partners Wins Major Industry Award

South-East specialist family law firm, Family Law Partners, has won Medium Law Firm of the Year at the Law Society Awards 2019. The Law Society Excellence Awards have been celebrating the hard work and inspiring achievements of solicitors, legal teams and firms of all sizes across England and Wales for the past 13 years and

What is Financial Disclosure?

Financial Disclosure is a phrase I use at least daily, sometime more than 5 or 10 times a day. It’s part of my everyday language and sometimes those of us in the family law world forget that those two words may not have an obvious meaning to anyone else. Quite simply, financial disclosure is the