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A Decade of Equality: The Journey of Same-Sex Marriage in England & Wales

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday April 5th, 2024 at 5:47pm

It has now been 10 years since the first same-sex marriage in England and Wales took place on 29th March 2014. So now seems to be a good time to reflect on the legal landscape for LGBTQ+ couples. Our specialist family law team at Family Law Consultants regularly fields questions from same-sex couples about their marriages and children. This blog post aims to answer those common questions and provide valuable insights.

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Beyond Courtroom Battles: Embracing Parenting Plans in UK Family Law

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday March 22nd, 2024 at 5:17pm

In recent years, the UK's family court system has been struggling with an increasing backlog of cases, leaving many families in limbo. With divorces, child arrangement battles, and other family disputes on the rise, finding effective solutions to reduce this backlog has become very important to the Family Courts. One potential avenue that is gaining popularity is the use of parenting plans. These plans offer a collaborative and proactive approach to resolving disputes, aiming to minimise the need for court intervention and to speed up the resolution process.

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Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting: What's Best For You?

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday February 23rd, 2024 at 6:17pm

If you are going through a divorce or separation, and you have children, then you have undoubtedly wondered how you are going to manage to parent together when separated. There are two main strategies to post-separation parenting that may sound similar but offer very different approaches that can work in the right situations.

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Co-Parenting VS Parallel Parenting

A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Right Divorce Solicitor in the UK

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday January 26th, 2024 at 5:52pm

Divorce is undoubtedly one of the most challenging life experiences, and choosing the right solicitor can make a significant difference in navigating the complexities of the legal process. Finding the right divorce solicitor is crucial for a smooth and fair resolution. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key factors to consider when selecting a divorce solicitor in the UK, ensuring you make an informed decision during this critical time.

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Navigating the Yuletide Journey: Some Tips to Co-Parenting During Christmas After Divorce

By Joanne Bennett
on Saturday December 23rd, 2023 at 5:25pm

The festive season is synonymous with joy, love, and togetherness. However, for divorced parents navigating the complexities of co-parenting during Christmas, the holiday season can present a unique set of challenges. During the Christmas period, it becomes crucial for co-parents to approach the festive period with a well-thought-out plan, fostering a positive environment for both themselves and their children.

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Co-parenting During Christmas

“Beyond Physical Harm: Economic Abuse and it's Impact on Divorce in UK”

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday December 1st, 2023 at 5:39pm

Economic abuse, also known as financial abuse, is a form of domestic abuse that involves the abuse of a person's finances as a means of control. It can take various forms, including controlling a partner's income, spending, their access to assets, as well as sabotaging their financial independence. Economic abuse is a serious issue that can have a considerable impact on victims' lives, both during and after a relationship.

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“Unlock the Secrets to Smooth Sailing: How to Easily Navigate a UK Divorce After Tying the Knot Abroad!”

By Joanne Bennett
on Tuesday October 10th, 2023 at 6:12pm

We understand that love knows no borders. Many couples embark on beautiful journeys that lead them to say 'I do' in exotic destinations or their home countries. We appreciate the unique experiences that come with international marriages, and the potential for an international divorce. Whether you and your spouse are from different corners of the globe or simply dreamed of a sun-kissed beach wedding, we're here to guide you through the process.

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“Parenting and Paying: Understanding Child Maintenance in the UK”

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday August 18th, 2023 at 5:46pm

Getting divorced or separated is never easy, especially when it comes to sorting out the financial arrangements for your children. If you're the parent who won't be living with your child(ren) full-time, you'll need to agree on a child maintenance arrangement to make sure they're financially provided for. Don't worry, we've got you covered!

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“Child Contact in the UK: Grandparents' Rights and Other Considerations”

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday August 4th, 2023 at 5:47pm

Going through a separation or divorce is undoubtedly a challenging experience for the parents involved, but it can also have a profound impact on grandparents caught on both sides of what can be very emotional and testing times. Child contact, also known as "contact" or "access," is a critical aspect that determines how often and for how long a child will spend time with each parent after separation or divorce. In this article, we'll focus on child contact in the UK, with a special emphasis on the rights of grandparents and other essential considerations.

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“Living Together - What to consider and where you stand.”

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday July 28th, 2023 at 6:33pm

In England and Wales, when married couples divorce they both have a legal right to support and their fair share of the marital assets. The court will take into account various circumstances and the history of the relationship to enable a fair division. As a Cohabiting couple there are no such rights, regardless of the length of the relationship or whether there are children.

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“The Ultimate Guide to Child Contact in the UK.”

By Joanne Bennett
on Monday July 3, 2023 at 5:33pm

Going through a separation or divorce can be a difficult and emotional time for everyone involved, but it can be especially challenging for children. When parents separate, it is important to remember that the child's welfare is the most important consideration. This means that both parents need to put aside their own feelings and focus on what is best for their child.

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“The End of the Road: Navigating the Divorce Process.”

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday June 2, 2023 at 3:56pm

Going through a divorce can be a challenging and emotionally draining experience. However, recent changes to the divorce laws in England and Wales have brought about significant reforms, including the introduction of a no-fault divorce system. This new system aims to simplify the divorce process and reduce conflict between couples. In this blog post, we will delve into the key aspects of applying for a divorce in England and Wales under the new no-fault divorce system, exploring the benefits it offers and the steps involved.

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End of the Road

The Politics of Royal Marriage: How Monarchs Navigate Love and Duty

By Joanne Bennett
on Friday May 5, 2023 at 3:20pm

With the upcoming coronation of King Charles the Third, it seems that everyone is talking about the role of the monarchy, and many dream of being a part of the most iconic family in the world. Royal life is not easy, however, and how the British monarchy has dealt with the institution of marriage over the centuries is a good indication of how difficult things can be for members of the royal household.

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Filing for Divorce Together: Understanding the Joint Application Process in the UK

By Joanne Bennett
on Monday March 20, 2023 at 3:52pm

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, but it can also be a necessary step towards a better future. For couples who are considering divorce, there are different approaches they can take, such as filing as joint applicants. In this article, we will explore the process, benefits, and drawbacks of filing for a divorce as joint applicants under UK divorce law.

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Filing For Divorce Together

What is a “No Fault” Divorce?

By Joanne Bennett
on Thursday February 2, 2023 at 1:07pm

We know that divorce can raise sensitive and personal issues and we always do our utmost to put you at ease. We are approachable and provide straight forward advice, tailored to your individual needs.

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Broken Heart

Is there a time limit for applying for a financial order?

By Lisa Mohar, Family Law Consultant
on Thursday January 12, 2023 at 3:07pm

Divorce does not automatically dismiss the right to make an application to court for a financial order in respect of a marriage. Only a court can dismiss that right. For example, an application could be brought some 20 years after divorce, if that right is not dismissed.

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Can I do my divorce myself

By Emma Piff, Family Law Consultant
on Tuesday January 3, 2023 at 11:03am

I usually respond by saying “if you know the law and procedural rules, yes”. But ask yourself this, “Would you service your own gas boiler?” Because in theory you could, but would you? The answer to both questions is quite honestly “No, I would use an expert”.

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