The number of unmarried couples living together has more than doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2017. Many cohabiting couples are unaware of their rights, or lack of rights as a cohabitee. As a cohabiting couple you may think that you have financial rights as a ‘Common Law Spouse’ but this
People who are already married or in a civil partnership can enter into a separation agreement setting out what they intend for their money, property and other practical issues as a consequence of their current or planned separation. Separation agreements are usually entered into by parties who are separating but who do not wish to
Within the Summer Budget 2015 was the announcement that the government was introducing an additional ‘nil rate band’. The nil rate band, currently at £325,000, is the amount that an individual can have in their estate when they die before inheritance tax (‘IHT’) is chargeable. Anything above this amount will be taxed at 40% for
The recent judgments in these cases send a clear message to those of you embroiled in matrimonial proceedings that financial disclosure must be full, frank and honest and if its not then there is a danger that your ex could revert the matter back to court following any final settlement and ask the court to
The death of a relative or close friend is a difficult time even before you start thinking of dealing with the deceased’s financial affairs. Most people will never have been involved with an ‘estate’ previously and can become confused by a host of legal terms and procedural matters. The process of winding up an estate
Family law is undergoing a significant amount of change; the reduction of legal aid, the change in the family court system and many other changes to the process and forms. The reduction in family law legal aid has meant that many choose to represent themselves and many others choose to go down the DIY divorce
Pre-marital/Post-nuptial Agreements – The court considers the weight to be attributed to them when the parties decide to divorce in Luckwell v Limata 
In the case of Luckwell-v-Limata (2014), which were divorce/financial proceedings, the court faced the issue of how much weight, if any, should be given to the pre-marital/post-nuptial agreements signed, prior to and during the marriage by the parties. As you may be aware, Pre-marital/post-nuptial agreements are not legally binding in the UK yet, but are
DATE: WEDNESDAY 30TH APRIL TIME: 5.30PM REGISTRATION FOR A 6PM START VENUE: EALING GOLF CLUB, PERIVALE LANE, GREENFORD, UB6 8TS If you’re a developer interested in commercial property in West London, we’d like to invite you to a free evening seminar with guest speakers. The event will cover: • the current state of the local
A recent survey commissioned by the National Housing Federation (NHF) says that the Bedroom Tax is “heaping misery and hardship” on affected families. Bedroom Tax was introduced by the Government in April 2013. It affects 660,000 housing benefit claimants living in social housing across the UK. The policy imposes an average penalty of between £14
Pre-nuptials seem to be making the headlines again. It has been reported that as Charlie Sheen marries for the fourth time, he has said that he will definitely be getting a ‘pre-nup, just in case’. However, pre-nuptial agreements are not just for film stars and the wealthy. They are also for those that have already
Mediation – Is it right for you and what are the alternatives when the distribution of the matrimonial finances are in dispute?
It has recently been reported that there has been a large decrease in the number of separating couples accessing publicly funded mediation following changes in legal aid. The Government were hoping that the cuts in legal aid would encourage separating couples to pursue mediation rather than spend time and money in battling their case at
What is the most cost effective route to concluding financial matters once the decision to divorce has been made?
The case of Young-v-Young has very much been ‘conducted in the full glare of the media’ and now that it has reached its conclusion, it has once again highlighted the need for parties to take control of their legal expenses during cases and ensure that they are instructing their legal team in a cost effective