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Cohabitation – time for change?

Jasmin Talai

Posted by Jasmin Talai | Solicitor
On 20th November 2017

With more than 3 million couples in the UK choosing to cohabit, it is important that people are aware of their rights, or lack of them.

There remains a widespread misconception that there is such thing as a common law marriage and that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples. However, the reality is that if cohabiting couples separate they have very little legal protection. It is with this in mind that we approach Resolution’s National Cohabitation Awareness Week.

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How Family Law can help victims of Domestic Violence

Beth Goodall

Posted by Beth Goodall | Paralegal
On 17th November 2017

Non-Molestation Orders are different to restraining orders. Restraining orders are obtained in the criminal courts as part of perpetrator’s sentence and so there needs to be a criminal conviction. Non-Molestation Orders on the other hand are obtained in the family courts and do not require a criminal prosecution.

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A change in Practice Direction – The court’s approach to issues of domestic abuse in children act proceedings

Remyhs Baker

Posted by Remyhs Baker | Solicitor
On 15th November 2017

A revision to Practice Direction 12J, of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, came into force on 2 October 2017. The Practice Direction applies to any family proceedings in the Family Court and the High Court and specifically applies to any application made for a Child Arrangements Order or where there is a question about where a child should live, or about contact between a child and a parent or other family member and the Court considers that an order should be made.

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Usain Bolt and the New Divorce Form: Ending Well in a Culture of Winning and Losing

Aston Stockdale

Posted by Aston Stockdale | Trainee
On 31st October 2017

At the Olympic Stadium in August this year, Usain Bolt lined up for a 100m race that was to bring the curtain down on his incredible career. After all he has achieved he will go down in history as a winner. Yet, for all his success in the past, that evening turned out not to be about winning (he finished third) but more about ending well, setting himself up for his life after athletics. Even amidst the pain and disappointment, his actions in defeat demonstrated to the world that whatever happened that evening he planned primarily to end that chapter of his life well.

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