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Why We Made the Legal 500 Family Law Rankings

Why We Made the Legal 500 Family Law Rankings

We’re proud to be included the rankings for the legal 500 family law, but we didn’t get there by chance The Legal 500 Family Law rankings have been around for years, making sure that the best solicitors in the UK are recognised for the great work they do. We at KMJ Solicitors are very happy to be a part of those rankings. So how did we do it? 1. We Offer Quality, Up-to-Date Legal Advice The law changes. Sometimes, it changes dramatically in a short space of time. Consider Ireland’s laws on homosexuality. Until 1993, the act of homosexuality was illegal. By 2015, gay marriage was fully legalised. As such, the best law firms are the ones that change with the law. Legal advice offered 30 years ago can be worse than useless if the laws have changed. That’s why the Legal 500 Family Law only contains those practices and individuals who make sure that they have a deep understanding of the law as it is in the present. This is to make sure that the best quality of legal advice is offered. In the Legal 500’s own words, only those “who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice” make the cut. 2. We Pride Ourselves on Our Past and Present Achievements The Legal 500 Family Law rankings and the Legal 500 Ranking, in general, are not just based on recent work, but on a practice’s historical track record. This makes a lot of sense. For example, Yahoo’s past achievements are much more impressive than its recent lacklustre work. To make the Legal 500 Family Law, a practice’s whole...
5 Reasons to Visit a Family Lawyer in London and Insure Your Marriage

5 Reasons to Visit a Family Lawyer in London and Insure Your Marriage

Considering a trip down the aisle? Make sure you also make a trip to a family lawyer in London. Draw up a prenuptial agreement to keep you and your family safe against the future. Gone are the days when a trip to their divorce lawyer in London to draw up a prenuptial agreement was something only done by the rich and famous. Either that, or they were marrying someone in a considerably different wealth bracket to them and wanted to make sure they were marrying them for the right reasons, à la Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris. Prenuptial agreements had a stigma attached to them; so much so that the prenup blowup has become a TV trope, significant enough to be anything from an episode of a series to an entire film plot. No longer is a prenup such a taboo, however — and quite rightly so. It’s common sense. Now that equality is finally catching up and powerful, wealthy women are becoming more commonplace, a prenup has never been more important. Whether you’re a male, female, or a same-sex couple, here’s why a prenuptial agreement is always a great idea. 1. Steel Yourself Against a Custody Battle Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly had a cast-iron prenup when it came to their property portfolio and shared wealth, but custody over their children wasn’t so easy to decide on. After fighting for months for 50% custody, it wasn’t until the couple decided to work together for what was best for the children and put aside their own differences that this was settled. If you plan on having children, or...
A Divorce Lawyer in London’s Advice for a Successful Second Marriage

A Divorce Lawyer in London’s Advice for a Successful Second Marriage

Making a second trip down the aisle? The common understanding is that second marriages can be more complicated and the odds of lasting are against you, but is this accurate? How do you make sure that a second marriage is also your last? A lot of anxiety is tied up in the concept of a second marriage. Resistance to a second marriage isn’t uncommon thanks to the idea that your first marriage “failed”. This concept isn’t helped by the Press, either, who like to propagate the idea that we have a far higher divorce rate than is actually the case. In the UK, we’re actually quite good at second marriages. In fact, they’re more likely to last than the first ones. This is great news for those of you who are about to tie the knot for the second time and are having pre-wedding jitters. How do you make it last and beat the odds of divorce on your second attempt? As divorce lawyers in London, we’re uniquely placed to witness the lifespan of marriages, from prenup to divorce, and what goes wrong — or right. Follow this advice and raise your chances of making your marriage work this time around. Learn From the Mistakes You Made in Your First Marriage They say practice makes perfect — and a lot of divorces these days are due to marrying young. Marrying while in your early twenties means that you’ll be going through a lot of growth and life changes together, so you need to be growing and changing in roughly the same direction. If you divorce, understanding and taking responsibility...
Why Hire a Divorce Lawyer in London if I’m Not Getting Divorced?

Why Hire a Divorce Lawyer in London if I’m Not Getting Divorced?

Think that divorce lawyers in London only deal with the breakdown of marriages? Then think again — we’re so much more than that. Handling divorce proceedings and everything related to the breakdown of relationships is certainly an important aspect of the job for a divorce lawyer in London, but it’s not all we’re about. From the early stages of starting your lives together to the next step of marriage, we help couples create futures together — not just help them separate their lives. If you’re wondering what a family lawyer in London can do for you, other than divorce proceedings, we’re here to talk you through why you need a divorce lawyer in London — even if you’re not getting divorced. Moving In Together? A Cohabitation Agreement Can Save You Trouble Down the Road Cohabitation before marriage has increased by 900% in the past 50 years. Two-thirds of marriages now take place between couples who’ve been living together beforehand for an average of 31 months. ‘Living in Sin’ may no longer be a consideration when you’re working out the cons of moving in together, but what if it doesn’t work? Many people use moving in together as a ‘trial run’ for marriage, or even to replace marriage entirely, but this can often mean they neglect to take the proper legal precautions. There are many ways in which the law regards couples living together as different to couples who are married. If you’re planning on putting in any financial investment into your relationship — such as a mortgage together or having one person as the breadwinner, or if you’re planning...
What is the Legal 500 Family Law and Why Does it Matter?

What is the Legal 500 Family Law and Why Does it Matter?

Trying to decide on a divorce lawyer in London, but not sure who to choose? The Legal 500 family law is a key factor in making your choice. Here’s why you should always check if your solicitor is Legal 500 approved. Choosing a London divorce lawyer when you’ve decided to get divorced is complicated and stressful at the best of times. This person will be a key part in separating two lives who have spent years living together as one. So how do you choose a lawyer? Do you go to the first person you know who’s divorced and ask for their lawyer’s number, or do you research meticulously until you find the lawyer for you? The simplest way is neither of these. It’s option three: look in the Legal 500 family law section for a lawyer who fits your needs. Here, we talk about what the Legal 500 is and why it should be your first stop when you’re looking for a divorce lawyer in London. If You Want a London Divorce Lawyer Recommendation, It’s the Only Place to Go Just like no two people are the same, no two divorces are the same. Divorce rates aren’t even close to 50% — a debunked statistic anti-marriage people are fond of rolling out — but if you don’t know someone who’s been divorced, you probably live on a desert island. Despite the temptation, though, don’t run to them for a recommendation when your own marriage is on the rocks. Reasons for divorcing can vary drastically. Infidelity? Financial reasons? Domestic abuse? Irreconcilable differences? Whichever your reason, it’s unlikely to be...
London Divorce Lawyers Talk Stats: How Can I Lower My Odds of Divorce?

London Divorce Lawyers Talk Stats: How Can I Lower My Odds of Divorce?

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. With these tips from some of the best divorce lawyers in London, you can keep your chances of a successful marriage as high as possible. With divorce rates higher than ever, divorce solicitors in London like us see a constant footfall coming through our doors. Nobody wants a marriage to end this way, so we’ve put together our top five statistical reasons of what causes divorce, to try and give you a better chance of resisting scratching that seven-year itch. Some may even surprise you, as they’re not as simple as resisting your neighbour’s coquettish advances. However long you’ve been married — whether you’re just down the aisle or thirty years in — there’s always room to learn and improve. Keep these tips in mind to make sure your relationship is a fine wine improving with age; not a supermarket-brand Pinot Grigio that turns to vinegar. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate We’ve said communicate three times, as it’s undoubtedly the foundation which can make or break any relationship. It’s cited overwhelmingly as the most common grounds for divorce, followed closely by conflict resolution issues. If you go into a relationship thinking you have strong communication, never let that falter. As you grow and change together, so will your relationship and your communication needs. When you first get to know each other, you’re constantly spending time together. However, as you marry, have children and fall into a routine, spending time together as a couple becomes secondary to the life you’re both living. Make sure to air grievances, spend time alone together and address issues as they...
Divorce’s Greatest Hits: 500 Years of Untying the Knot

Divorce’s Greatest Hits: 500 Years of Untying the Knot

The best divorce lawyers in London come with half a millennium of experience at their disposal. We look at just a few of the 500 years of divorce cases that created the wealth of experience found today in the legal 500 family law. Divorce has come a long way since the first time it was requested by Henry VIII in 1527 — and it’s not been an easy road. Over the centuries, divorces have left in their trail webs of intrigue, lies, death, murder and vicious arguments that have been followed closely by the media and, in turn, by the public. Where affairs of both the heart and the wallet are involved, things will never be simple. To match such a complex requirement, some of the best divorce lawyers in London have evolved… but it hasn’t happened overnight. From Tudor times to the present day, we look at three divorces from centuries gone by which shaped the courtrooms and London divorce solicitors of the 21st century. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: the Original Divorce It’s nearly five hundred years since Henry VIII decided to break ties with the Catholic Church so that he could divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. What Henry actually sought, however, was annulment — something that the Pope would not allow and that he subsequently awarded himself. This is why, instead of simply divorcing Anne Boleyn, he accused her of adultery and had her beheaded. Rather than opening the floodgates of divorce as many feared, it was still many centuries later that an official divorce law was created, the legal 500 family law list...
How Do I Choose the Best Divorce Lawyer in London For Me?

How Do I Choose the Best Divorce Lawyer in London For Me?

“My friend recommended them, so they must be right for me!” Think again. Finding the best divorce lawyer in London for you isn’t easy, but it will pay off in the long run — both emotionally and literally. Your divorce is like your sense of taste: extremely personal to you. Sometimes you’ll find sweetness where there isn’t any; other times you’ll be left with a bitter taste in your mouth. Occasionally, you’ll even be left with a deep feeling of nausea. Just like no-one can describe a food you’ve never tasted in a way you’ll experience it, no-one can describe your divorce to you — even if they’ve been through one of their own. With this in mind, choosing a divorce lawyer is something that’s also something that’s deeply personal and individual to you. Just because someone has been through a divorce themselves and you’re similar in other ways, doesn’t mean that you both have the same requirements from a divorce lawyer. Before you settle on one lawyer, check out the legal 500 family law list for the best family law solicitors in London and book some free, no-obligation consultations to get a feeling for what they’re like. Browsing Legal 500 Family Law Firms: Do I Like Them? This should be at the top of your list of priorities, yet it’s one that’s often forgotten. That’s not to say that you should want to go for a drink with your lawyer after every session, but you have to trust them to do the best for you and represent you. You also have to feel comfortable being honest; withholding any...
Advice from Family Lawyers in London: Is Divorce Mediation Right for Me?

Advice from Family Lawyers in London: Is Divorce Mediation Right for Me?

Starting your divorce proceedings and wondering what the best method for you is? Here are the questions to ask yourself if you’re unsure of the difference between litigation and mediation, and which family lawyers in London is right for you. Getting divorced isn’t easy; just like people and relationships are different, all divorces are different. Even though you may have friends and family who have been through the process before you, your experience will be unique in a number of ways. For this reason, it’s crucial to make sure you choose the method of divorce that best suits your situation. Mediation can be a great way to avoid conflict with your ex, or it can be a road to disagreement and a battle that would have been better off overseen by a judge. So is it the right method for you? Here’s how to decide. What is Mediation Divorce? The Family Lawyers in London Guide There are four main types of divorce: litigation, mediation, collaborative and DIY. Each of these also have variations of their own; what the majority of people understand to be mediation is actually known as evaluative mediation. In evaluative mediation, an impartial third person, like a divorce lawyer in London with mediation training, meets with both parties to hear what they disagree about. The mediator then meets with both parties individually, often multiple times. A mediator does not develop leanings either way and is not there to make orders, find faults or determine resolutions. This is a key difference between mediation and arbitration. The focus of mediation is to find a mutually beneficial solution that...
How a London Divorce Lawyer Could Prevent an Expensive Divorce [+infographic]

How a London Divorce Lawyer Could Prevent an Expensive Divorce [+infographic]

When married couples start thinking about divorce, all eyes turn to the settlement. Dividing up shared assets is usually straightforward, but when individual assets come into play, things can get more complicated. Below are some of our history’s largest divorce settlements, with figures ranging in the billions of dollars. While most of us aren’t looking to settle on such lofty figures, we all have assets that we wish to protect. Follow the advice from KMJ Solicitors, the London divorce lawyers, to avoid an unnecessarily expensive divorce. This infographic was brought to you by KMJ Solicitors. Please feel free to add this infographic to your own website by copying and pasting the following embed code onto a page or post:<br /><br /><br /><br /> <a href=”https://kmjsolicitors.com/london-divorce-lawyer-expensive-divorce/” title=”How a London Divorce Lawyer Could Prevent an Expensive Divorce” target=”_blank”><br /><br /><br /><br /> <img src=”https://kmjsolicitors.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/infographic-3.jpg” alt=”An infographic from our London divorce lawyer showing the most expensive divorces in history” width=”1200″ height=”6995″><br /><br /><br /><br /> </a></p><br /><br /><br /> <p>The <a href=”https://kmjsolicitors.com/london-divorce-lawyer-expensive-divorce/” title=”How a London Divorce Lawyer Could Prevent an Expensive Divorce” target=”_blank”>How a London Divorce Lawyer Could Prevent an Expensive Divorce</a> infographic was brought to you by the team at <a href=”https://kmjsolicitors.com/” title=”KMJ Solicitors” target=”_blank”>KMJ Solicitors</a>.<br /><br /><br /><br /> History’s Biggest Divorce Settlements In the upper echelons of wealth sit a number of incredibly costly divorce settlements. When things turn sour in the marriages of the rich and famous, money and assets change hands at an eye-watering level. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been involved in two expensive divorces. While sources are unclear about the exact amounts that change hands with...