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Divorce and Family team

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Our divorce and separation team understands that the breakdown of a relationship, particularly if children are involved, can be a difficult and stressful time for all those involved. We listen to the needs of our clients and treat each client as an individual. This ensures we are able to tailor our advice and help guide you through the legal process. We can assist you to make important decisions at a time when you may feel unable to do so.

Shelley Cumbers
 

Good Divorce Week 2021: A better way

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The Birkett Long Divorce and Family team is proud to support “Good Divorce Week 2021” which runs from 29 November to 3 December 2021. The Good Divorce Week is an annual initiative run by the national family justice organisation Resolution. Its...

The impact of contested court proceedings on children

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The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) has recently published a research paper outlining children’s experience in contested private law court disputes. These are court proceedings between separated parents regarding the child arrangements,...

What is a Statement of Information form?

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If you are involved in divorce proceedings and have reached a settlement with your spouse regarding the financial matters arising from the breakdown of your marriage, what should you do and what information must you provide to the court? Many divorcing...

Can I change my child's name?

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Parents involved in a relationship breakdown will often have lots of questions to ask surrounding the arrangements for their children, including how to manage their day-to-day care, how to deal with child maintenance and how to organise where the children...

How to record a financial agreement in divorce

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If your marriage has broken down and you reach an amicable agreement with your ex-spouse in relation to the financial matters arising from your separation, it is important you ensure the agreement is properly recorded. This will help to avoid any...

Dealing with short childless marriages on divorce

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The Family Court has a broad discretion when dealing with the financial matters arising from divorce. They must consider all the circumstances of the case, the first consideration being given to the welfare of a child of the family who has not reached the...

Parenting after separation or divorce

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Often, parents involved in a separation or divorce find it difficult to communicate effectively when their relationship breaks down. There are many reasons for this, including the cause of the breakdown of the relationship, the way the separation happens,...

Pre-nuptial Agreements - not just for the rich & famous

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Whilst the idea of signing an agreement to deal with the separation arrangements on divorce is not a romantic one, compared to the exciting plans of organising the wedding, celebrations and honeymoon, pre-nuptial agreements are still an important matter to...

What happens to my jewellery during a divorce?

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What happens to my jewellery during a divorce? The question of how a divorcing couple should deal with jewellery is one divorce and separation lawyers are often asked. This is especially when it comes to the engagement and wedding rings,...

Cohabiting couples - have you thought about the future?

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The number of couples choosing to cohabit is growing faster than the number of marriages. Over the coming weeks, many couples may wish to take advantage of the recent extension to the stamp duty holiday by pooling their financial resources to ...

Key changes to Contested Financial Remedy Applications

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Administrative changes, designed to streamline the court process, have recently come into effect concerning where to send Contested Financial Remedy applications on divorce. These applications are made in divorce proceedings where the parties are...

The importance of relationship agreements

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There are several ways in which written agreements are significantly important for families, particularly in respect of property, financial and children issues. Whether you are entering into a new relationship, purchasing a home together, moving in...

The importance of pensions on divorce

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According to a recent report prepared by the workplace pension scheme Nest, women are, on average, between £41,000 to £70,000 worse off at retirement than their male counterparts. This is due to the pension gender gap caused by the extra...

Is it possible to have a good divorce?

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This week marks “Good Divorce Week 2020” – an initiative run by Resolution. Resolution is the family law organisation whose members are committed to resolving divorce and family law issues in a constructive, non-confrontational way. ...

Top tips for Christmas contact arrangements during Covid-19

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It is that time of year again, as the countdown to Christmas begins. However, this year the countdown is very different. The COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the government will influence how families can spend time together over the festive period. ...

The right to occupy the family home during the divorce?

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In most divorce cases, the property last shared by a married couple as their home will be one of the key capital assets to be taken into consideration when sorting out the financial matters arising from the relationship breakdown. In some cases, it is the...

How to get the most from your family and divorce lawyer

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Family law disputes and the ending of relationships or civil partnerships can be emotionally difficult and costly, especially if they result in contested court proceedings. At this moment in time, the cost of legal advice is clearly important....

Financial rights for unmarried couples

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Cohabiting couples are, all too often, unaware of the law as it applies to their relationship. Couples living together in unmarried relationships, contrary to popular belief, do not share the same legal rights and financial claims as their married...

Can I divorce during the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown?

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A common question being asked of family lawyers during the current crisis is whether it is still possible to obtain a divorce whilst the UK remains on lockdown. The simple answer to this question is yes. However, depending on what stage the divorce...

Supporting families following parental separation

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On 2 April 2020, a message was issued on the importance of supporting children and families following parental separation from Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division. His message came as a result of a second report published on 12 March 2020...

4 top tips for cohabiting couples

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The number of cohabiting couple families has risen significantly in the last decade and, yet, there remains a myth that common law marriage exists and that cohabiting couples automatically have legal rights and protection if their relationship ends or their...

Child arrangements during separation

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The recent statistics released by CAFCASS, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, show that last month was the highest demand in April for 4 years regarding the amount of applications in private law child cases. Below is an explanation...

Relocation, relocation, relocation...

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We are seeing more relationships than ever between couples of different nationalities. If that relationship breaks down, what happens if one parent wants to return to their native country with their children? We are also living in a world which...