News & Commentary

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

Here are some of the most commonly asked divorce questions we get asked as family law solicitors in the UK.

Common Law Marriage Myth

Nearly half of people in England and Wales still mistakenly believe that if unmarried couples live together, they have a common law marriage, and have the same rights as married couples.

At Parrish Family Law we support ‘Good Divorce Week’.  An awareness-raising campaign by Resolution that aims to help parents minimise the impact of conflict on their children during the separation or divorce process.

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.