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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...
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...
New Year’s Resolutions for a 2017 Divorce

New Year’s Resolutions for a 2017 Divorce

If you’re in the process of a divorce, then the prospect of the New Year may not be much to look forward to. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions from our divorce solicitors to make things a little easier. 2017 Divorce Resolutions From Our Team of Divorce Solicitors Divorces can be messy, emotional, expensive, and time-consuming. If your 2016 has ended with your divorce being filed, then it’s highly likely that the thought of 2017 isn’t a happy one. From reconnecting with old friends to starting new hobbies and rediscovering things you used to love, there are so many ways to you turn your divorce into something to — if not look forward to — then at least not dread. Here are our top New Year’s Resolutions to make your divorce this year a little bit easier. 1. I Will Be Respectful of My Ex In Front of the Children This isn’t to say don’t be truthful in front of your children. It’s important that children understand what’s happening when their parents divorce. Crucially, they need to know that it’s not their fault. What you must avoid is putting your child in the middle and badmouthing your ex in front of them. Yes, you and your ex-partner may both have made mistakes, but they’re still the loving parent of your child. As tempting as it might be, resist the urge to get your child to take sides and separate your ex’s role as your husband or wife from their role as a parent. 2. I Will Look After Myself and My Needs Divorce is incredibly stressful, and everyone has their...