The new legal age for marriage in the UK

UK marriage laws are changing. The minimum legal age for marriages and civil partnerships in England and Wales is going to rise to 18. Why is this change happening? What […]

How to Change Your Name – What You Need to Know

There are several reasons for changing your name, whether that be due to marriage, a civil partnership,  divorce, or wanting to be known by a nickname. Irrespective of the reason, […]

As a business owner, do you need a prenup?

In the UK, prenups are not (yet), legally-binding. They can, however, still carry substantial weight in family courts. For this reason, anyone with significant pre-marital assets, especially a business, should […]

Key documents you might need when taking the next step in your relationship

5 documents you might need when taking the next step in your relationship

With Valentine’s Day soon approaching you might be considering taking the next step with your partner. This could be getting married, moving in together or buying a house. Whatever the […]

How Family Law is adapting to a ‘virtual’ world

In just a few months, Covid-19 has seen normal life change dramatically. Some changes have had devastating consequences and other changes have brought potentially positive changes to the way we […]

Equality for heterosexual couples?

I wrote a blog back in July 2018 (which you can read here) titled “To say ‘I do’ or ‘I don’t’? The end of civil partnerships?”.  It was about the […]

Change on the horizon: no-fault divorce system is considered

Following a Government consultation into ‘no-fault’ divorce in December 2018, both family lawyers and the general public alike are now eagerly awaiting the response to the consultation which will determine […]

Everything You Need to Know About Cohabitation in 2019

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…buying a house? Not necessarily in that order.

How do prenups affect couples?

Prenuptial

Prenuptial agreements (prenups) have been increasing in popularity, with couples looking to protect themselves following divorce. Although this seems like a reasonable and wise action to take, recent figures suggest […]

What is a common law marriage?

cohabiting

A 2017 poll conducted by Resolution found that there are 3.3m cohabiting couples. Two-thirds of these couples do not know that legally, ‘common law marriage’ does not exist. The poll was conducted to […]

How to handle a divorce when adultery is involved

Adultery

Divorce proceedings are generally challenging situations at the best of times but divorces due to adultery can be even more so. The person wanting the divorce may well be full […]

How are surviving spouses treated in the UK?

Surviving spouses

“With all my worldly goods I thee endow”, it’s one of the basic assumptions of a marriage (or civil partnership). The spouse/civil partner (and any children born of the union) […]