News & Commentary

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

Last week the government announced that the divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled so couples can split faster and, it is hoped, with less acrimony.

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.