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  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    Gay Marriage: The issues still have not been resolved
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    Marriage (same sex couples) Act 2013 will come into force on the 29 March 2014 and the government has announced that gay marriages will be able to take place from this date. However a gay couple who celebrated a civil partnership in 2008 have now been told that in order to get married they will… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    Divorce rising amongst the over 60s
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    The Office for National Statistics has released information claiming that the number of over 60s getting a divorce in England and Wales has been on the increase since the 1990s. The number of people getting a divorce however has gradually been falling since the 1990s overall, yet the over 60s sector of divorces has been… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    What happens to your finances when you get divorced?
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    Many people believe that once the marriage is dissolved their ex-spouse will no longer have a claim on their finances. This is not necessarily the case. If the finances are not dealt with on divorce then your ex-spouses claims remain open on you and your claims remain open upon them. There are certain conditions which… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    How do I end my Civil Partnership?
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    You can apply to end (or often known as dissolve) your civil partnership by following three main steps, providing that the partnership has been valid for at least one year. The three steps are:   Filing a dissolution petition – permission must be applied for through the courts to end your civil partnership, and reasons… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    How do I end my marriage?
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    The thought of your marriage ending is often an extremely daunting prospect, and you probably have a number of things running through your mind at the same time. You and your partner have to make your separation aware to a number of people, including your council tax office, your mortgage lenders, your water/gas/electricity companies, children’s… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    What’s the difference? Marriage, civil partnership and living together
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    Living together – Generally referred to as people living together as a couple but who are not married or in a civil partnership, although here is no legal definition. Marriage – A couple can be married religiously or civilly, however in some cases a religious marriage alone may not be valid. Civil Partnership – A… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    A Matter of Trust – Foreign Assets
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    Foreign Assets  the third in my brief sequence of Blogs, relating to Trusts. I start with the assumption that one spouse is a potential beneficiary under a discretionary trust and the other is not. How do they keep up some semblance of their lifestyle if they are cut off from the trust ? In a… Learn more

  • Faye Williamson - Family Law
    A Matter of Trust – Non Nuptial Trusts
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    This Blog follows on from my earlier one about Trust Assets to deal specifically with the situation whereby only one member of a married couple is the Beneficiary of a discretionary Trust that his or her wider family have set up, and the other isn’t.   These so called “non nuptial Trusts” cause their own… Learn more

  • Emma Fuller - Wills, Probate and LPA
    Why should I make a Will and specify my wishes about my funeral arrangements in it?
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      It is always of benefit that you make a Will and in that Will your wishes about your funeral arrangements be written in that Will to avoid any disputes after your death. A detailed letter setting out your wishes can also be left with your Will. If this is not dealt with then who… Learn more

  • Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
    Ask Eleanor: All your legal FAQs answered!
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    As solicitors we get asked questions every day and many times they are the same questions from different people. In the Ask Eleanor blog I will be answering some of the questions that I have been asked a lot, or have overheard whilst out and about. Hopefully I’ll be debunking a few legal myths in… Learn more

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