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Wedding season is approaching - when should I apply for a pre-nuptial agreement?

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There are currently no prescribed time limits as to when a pre-nuptial agreement should be completed. It is best practice that the agreement should be entered into at least twenty eight days before you celebrate your marriage, but you can also enter into post-nuptial agreements shortly after marriage and these should not be treated differently by the Courts should your marriage end. Sarah Pennicott, Associate Solicitor in our Family team in Portsmouth, explains the facts you need to consider regarding pre-nuptial agreements, and whether it may be right for you.

How do I end my civil partnership?

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The number of couples entering into a civil partnership has increased in recent years; the most recent Office of National Statistics from 2017 show an increase of 2% compared to 2016. With the increase in those entering a civil partnership also comes the increase in the number of those coming to an end. Sarah Pennicott, Family Solicitor in our Portsmouth office, here explains how a civil partnership legally comes to an end, and how we can support you through this emotional change in your life.

How to support your child through your divorce or separation

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Statistics show that over half of divorcing couples have at least one child at the time of their divorce but, of course, many more children go through parental separation each year because these statistics do not include parents who have not been married.

Divorce rates drop but separation still on the rise

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Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that divorce rates are on the decline however separation is increasing; indicating that a growing number of couples are choosing not to marry. Sarah Pennicott, Family Solicitor,...

£453million divorce pay-out highlights potential of family mediation and pre-nuptial agreements

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A recent case judged in a private hearing is believed to have led to the largest divorce pay-out in the UK of £453million. Sarah Pennicott, Family Lawyer, here reviews the case and explains why it has an impact on not only high-net worth individuals, but all couples considering a divorce.

Number of divorces fall while the cost increases

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January is notoriously known as the month when family lawyers become busy following Christmas chaos and arguments. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) however show that the overall rates of divorce are continuing to fall.

Is an oral agreement between cohabitees binding?

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A recent Court of Appeal decision found that an oral agreement agreed by an unmarried couple was legally binding; reiterating the benefits of obtaining legal advice at the time when couples begin to live together.

Rising costs of divorce encourage couples to 'nest' together

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Separating couples are facing a further rise in the cost of divorce with a big increase in court fees, and many are facing up to the challenge of asset-sharing and high property prices by turning to innovative solutions to deal with the change.

National Adoption Week highlights plight of siblings

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National Adoption Week was launched in 1997 by BAAF Adoption and Fostering with the aim of raising awareness of adoption and the process across the UK. Each year sees a different focus to the campaign and this year the week, running from Monday 3rd November to Sunday 9th November, will focus on siblings.

Wardship proceedings back in the limelight

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The world of family law has evolved greatly over recent years, with the media heavily commenting on the removal of Legal Aid, the number of couples divorcing on the rise and the introduction of compulsory Mediation. It’s only recently however that children becoming wards of court has been a topic of conversation. Sarah Pennicott, Family Lawyer, explains exactly what wardship proceedings are and the implications for families.