News & Commentary

Here is our thinking on recent family news and issues, and how these might impact you.

It is important that cohabiting couples are aware of their rights and how to protect themselves. Many mistakenly believe that as a ‘common law’ husband or wife that they have the same legal and financial rights as married couples or those in a civil partnership.

A surprising number of divorcing couples in the UK fail to sort out their financial affairs properly when they separate. They don’t formalise their financial settlement by getting it approved by the courts and thus leave open themselves or their estates after death to future legal challenges. 

Unlike the USA prenuptial agreements (prenups) are not currently legally binding in England. However, a Judge is likely to take a prenuptial agreement into account when overseeing a case and is likely to uphold it, as long as certain safeguards have been met, as was seen in the case of Radmacher v Granatino decided by the Court of Appeal.

Grandparents rights after Divorce UK

We are often asked what grandparents rights are when a relationship breaks down and parents’ divorce.

Divorce Finances Milton Keynes

The emotional upheaval of a split can affect the financial decisions being made during the divorce process. Even those that start the process amicably all too often see these good intentions go out the window and finances becoming a major sticking point.