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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...
The 3 Best Divorce Lawyers in London’s History

The 3 Best Divorce Lawyers in London’s History

London is a busy city with a long, interesting and sometimes sad history of divorce London is home to nearly nine million people, is nearly 2,000 years old, and has been a major seat of power for the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, the Tudors, and the Victorians alike. With all those people going through so much political and financial stress for almost two millennia, it’s no wonder that there have been so many famous divorce lawyers in London. Here’s a quick look and the three best divorce lawyers in London. 3. The Divorce That Changed the Course of History — Henry VIII No discussion of the history of divorce in London would be complete without mentioning Henry VIII. After all, his divorce from Catherine of Aragon in the 16th Century was the reason that England turned from a Catholic country into a Protestant country. While the Protestant Reformation was happening over the rest of Europe, Henry VIII had successfully — and violently — quelled the murmurs of a similar revolution in England. He was absolutely opposed to Protestantism. That is, of course, until he wanted a divorce. After a letter to the Pope asking for a divorce within the Catholic church was rejected, Henry VIII formed the Church of England. He then divorced Catherine of Aragon and married Anne Boleyn within this new church. The result of this messy and monumental divorce was an influx of Protestant immigration to the UK, a break with the Catholic Church in Rome, and a new religion. While Henry may not have been a legal expert by any stretch of the imagination, he deserves...
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...
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...
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...