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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...
Divorce Advice: 5 Ways to Remain Civil During a Divorce

Divorce Advice: 5 Ways to Remain Civil During a Divorce

Divorce places a lot of strain on those involved. The process is made more challenging when the two parties hold anger and ill feeling towards one another. It may be easier said than done, but remaining civil during a divorce is the best way to ensure that pain is kept to a minimum. Follow our divorce advice to see if you could benefit from keeping things amicable. Avoiding bad-mouthing your spouse in front of your children As tempting as it might be, avoid talking negatively about your spouse in front of your children. This affects them more than you might think and any messages that are passed on to your spouse could lead to arguments. You might be trying to win your child over by bad-mouthing your spouse, but think carefully before doing this. You should also keep your negotiations away from your children. Divorce affects younger children differently to adolescents, but both experience anxiety and stress. The uncertainty of losing parental stability is worsened when those two parents are constantly bickering in front of them. Don’t use divorce to get revenge Although the circumstances of your separation might have caused anger, don’t use divorce to get revenge on your spouse. As divorce lawyers, we advise against trying to “get even” or make amends for the past. In reality, a good-natured divorce is better for everyone involved. It will cause you both less stress, leave you in a more financially stable position and will not burn the bridges you took so long to build. Give yourself an outlet Getting wrapped up in the divorce process can leave you feeling...
The Dangers of Getting Divorced Without a Divorce Lawyer [+ infographic]

The Dangers of Getting Divorced Without a Divorce Lawyer [+ infographic]

Getting divorced can be stressful, confusing and emotionally draining. Some people think that going through the process without a qualified divorce lawyer will save them money and hassle, but the reality could be quite different. Hiring a Divorce Lawyer in Fitzrovia Hiring a divorce lawyer in Fitzrovia — such as ourselves — could be the difference between a smooth, satisfying settlement and a drawn-out, painful experience. If you aren’t using lawyers and can’t agree on a settlement, you could ask the courts to decide for you — but what if their decision is not favourable to you? In this blog post, KMJ Solicitors look into the pitfalls of a DIY divorce. When a Good Relationship Turns Sour The main reason people get divorced without a family lawyer is that the two parties get along reasonably well. It might also be that there are no complicated issues to resolve, such as child arrangements or property rights. In these cases, divorce negotiations might start off pleasantly, but could soon descend into chaos. The pressure that divorce puts you both under is immense, which can have implications in the negotiation phase. Until you sign a legally-binding consent order, your agreement may be subject to change. It only takes a few words from a concerned friend to make your spouse rethink the settlement you both agreed on. This could mean having to start discussions all over again, adding to the stress of an already difficult time. Paperwork and the Risk of Making Mistakes The amount of paperwork involved in a divorce is another aspect that couples often fail to consider. With so many things...