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5 Ways a Family Lawyer in London Can Help You

5 Ways a Family Lawyer in London Can Help You

There’s nothing wrong with a family needing professional help; that’s why family lawyers in London exist When people think of family lawyers, they often have a narrow-minded idea of what a family lawyer does. Divorce and childcare arrangements can sometimes be difficult things, but that isn’t the only service a family lawyer in London can offer. Family lawyers in London can offer a wide range of legal services. What’s more, these services aren’t just for families who are looking to break apart in some way. Rather, there are many things which a family lawyer in London can do to help your family stay together. 1. Cohabitation Agreements for Unmarried Couples There are no two ways about it; unmarried couples need cohabitation agreements. Without one, unmarried couples can spend decades together without any legal protection whatsoever. Marriage offers both parties in a relationship certain legal protections should anything happen. Cohabitation agreements can be created so as to emulate those same legal protections for unmarried couples. For example, if an unmarried couple buy a home together and don’t have a cohabitation agreement, that relationship can end with one half of the relationship winding up with nothing. It’s because of this that gay marriage rights are so important. It’s also for this reason that cohabitation agreements are so important and why unmarried couples should approach a family lawyer in London before they move in — or buy a house — together. 2. Civil Partnership Services Since the UK introduced same-sex marriage in 2014, the number of people engaging in civil partnerships has decreased dramatically. This makes perfect sense, of course. Given the choice...
Does Politics Affect Relationships? Ask a Divorce Solicitor in London

Does Politics Affect Relationships? Ask a Divorce Solicitor in London

The past few years have lead to some seismic changes in the global political landscape, so it’s worth asking how relationships have fared in all of this At first glance, it appears as if politics and romance often have nothing to do with each other. Any divorce solicitor in London will be able to tell you that the vast majority of marital friction comes from issues relating to other factors, primarily money. However, when politics does affect relationships, it can affect them deeply. What’s more, politics affects relationships in ways which people aren’t often consciously aware of. Political “Mixed Marriages” Despite living in a multicultural age, most people still tend to marry someone with the same ethnicity as them. What’s perhaps even more surprising is that the trend is even more pronounced in politics. In the US, only one in ten married couples are “mixed” marriages between Republicans and Democrats. There are likely many reasons for this. After all, politics is essentially about what rights and freedoms people should have or not have. If a couple can’t find a way to see eye to eye on that front, it can be hard to plan a life together or raise a family. The evidence suggests that, for 90% of people in America, this is all so hard that people don’t bother. Instead, they opt to marry someone who they already agree with. Alongside this, it’s also important to consider that your lifestyle already says a lot about your politics. In the US, there is a strong correlation between certain kinds of jobs and certain political views. Some of these correlations...
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...
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...