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The Bank of Mum and Dad - open or closed?

Many of us are very familiar with the concept of the Bank of Mum and Dad. Both those giving and those of us receiving. Why has there been such a rise in such lending, and does it pose any difficulties for both sides? Several UK-based financial institutions...

Second marriages

With an increase in blended families including second marriages, those who choose to re-marry may wish to consider what financial arrangements they can put in place to safeguard and/or ringfence any assets, capital, private pension, property and business...

Step Parents

Family dynamics can be complicated when a step parent is co-parenting a spouse’s child and having a hands-on involvement with the day to day issues regarding a child which is not biologically their own. However, a step parent cannot acquire parental...

Where there's a will, there's a way!

Santa may be bringing your child their favourite toys this Christmas, but what would the law be bringing them if you passed away without making a will?  If you are, what has been dubbed in modern times as, a “blended family”, you may well...

Marriage and the protection of family wealth

Planning a wedding is a time filled with joy and excitement. However, it can also bring some uncertainty and apprehension for some (not limited to the couple). This apprehension can often surround finances. A large proportion of weddings in England are...

Essex Law firm announces promotion of family solicitor

Birkett Long is delighted to announce the promotion of solicitor, Muntech Kaur, to Associate. Muntech is a solicitor in the South Essex family team, based in the Basildon office. She joined Birkett Long in October 2016, having previously worked at a West...

New solicitor joins the family team

  Birkett Long is delighted to welcome solicitor, Lucy Birch, to its divorce and family team. Lucy’s role involves advising on all aspects of private family law, including divorce and separation, children matters, injunctive proceedings and...

Litigation friends

There are particular issues which arise if you want to issue divorce proceedings but are concerned that your spouse might not have capacity. A person lacks capacity if they are unable to make a decision in relation to the matter because of an impairment of,...

Specialist Family Solicitor joins Birkett Long in Colchester

Experienced solicitor, Karen Johnson, has joined the Divorce and Family team at leading Essex law firm Birkett Long LLP. Karen joins Birkett Long’s Colchester office from law firm Breeze and Wyles in Hertfordshire – where she was head of the...

The myth of common law marriage

  The term “common law marriage” is frequently used within society to refer to couples who live together but are not married. There is, however, no such thing. It is therefore not surprising that when unmarried couples separate, the law...

Essex law firm promotes family law specialist to Associate

Francesca Cozens, a member of Birkett Long’s South Essex Divorce and Family Team based in the Chelmsford office, has been promoted to Associate. Francesca, 38, studied at Warwick University and has been qualified for over 10 years. She has always...

Why do I need a prenup?

We often hear about prenups when celebrities hit the headlines whilst getting divorced, but why should you consider one?   Prenup is short for ‘prenuptial agreement’ and provides couples intending to marry or enter into a civil partnership...

Wedding bells for the over 65s

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the over 65s are far more willing than they have been in the past to divorce and re-marry.  The data shows an increase of 46% in brides and grooms aged 65 or over!  Although the divorce...

New beginnings - a fresh approach to divorce

The word ‘divorce’ often frightens people.  It is a word enshrined in negative connotations, but what if there was a new way of looking at relationship breakdown?  One which offers solutions and out of the box thinking with clients in...

Relationships and the division of assets

Who owns what is a tricky question when a relationship breaks down and even more so when the assets include the family farm.  David Feakins examines the protection offered by cohabitation and prenuptial agreements.   Farmers, in particular,...

Divorce and re-marriage for over 65s

New figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the over 65s are far more willing than they have been in the past to divorce and re-marry.  Francesca Cozens looks at the implications. According to recent data from the Office of National...