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Divorce and the family-owned business

Getting divorced can be a difficult process, but it can become even more complicated when there is a family business involved. The family business can often be the most valuable asset a couple owns, and so what will happen to the business is a troubling...

Are prenuptial agreements legally binding in the UK?

Unlike many jurisdictions across the globe, prenuptial agreements are still not legally binding in the UK. This is despite decades of campaigning for prenuptial agreements to gain legal recognition.  There has however been a growing recognition in...

The LGBTQ+ community and the Family Courts

We have come a long way in the Family Courts in recognising all members of our community when considering what is acceptable in family law.  A prime example is marriage.  Historically, only a heterosexual couple could formalise their union...

Common law husband and wife - true or false?

Is it true that after 7 years of living together you become ‘common law husband and wife? It’s not true. This is a myth (and so is the suggestion that it happens after 6 months, 2 years, or at all). We are often asked this question by...

Covid-19 and contact between children and separated parents

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has been clear that children under the age of 18 are permitted to move between their parents’ homes to ensure they are able to continue to spend time with both parents. Additionally, households...

Brexit and Beyond - Family Law

In a world where a pandemic has turned everything on its head, you would be forgiven for thinking that Brexit was done and dusted; no longer front-page news, it barely seems to be mentioned. However, it is far from over and we have yet to see the real...

Hidden family costs of a COVID-19 lockdown

Every January, the tabloid newspapers have headlines about ‘Divorce Day’ and the apparent number of people rushing to the courts immediately following the Christmas and New Year break.   We know the headlines are not entirely true....

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...

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...

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...

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...