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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 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...
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...
International Divorce Advice: The Complete Guide to Child Arrangements

International Divorce Advice: The Complete Guide to Child Arrangements

Divorce, when it involves assets and children is one thing, but add multiple countries into the equation and it becomes a whole other headache. Here’s our international family law advice for child arrangements when you live in different countries, to make it as simple as possible. If you’re getting a divorce in London and splitting your one home into two, relocation of one party may become an issue. If you’re both planning on staying in London, your children will have nothing more than a trek across London each week or two to see their other parent. If it’s a different part of UK, then it’s still just a train journey. However, what if one parent wishes to return to their home country, or move to a different country for business or pleasure? Hopefully, with the help of a family lawyer in London offering neutral advice, you can settle something that suits both parents and is in your child’s best interests. If your divorce is less than amicable, however, further complications may arise. Is there a difference between EU and International divorces? At least while Britain remains part of the European Union before Article 50 is triggered, EU regulations and the Hague Convention provide protection to keep children in their country of residence. If and when Article 50 is triggered and the EU regulations put in place by Brussels are no longer there, there’s the risk that divorce within the EU will become expensive and time-consuming. Much like international divorce is at the moment, where the parents are moving between multiple divorce courts because there is no one overruling set...