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Managing Co-Parenting During COVID-19

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With Schools closed throughout the country, and social distancing being enforced, a common question is how to best manage co-parenting during the Coronavirus outbreak and current lockdown. Read below for our tips and information. Co-Parenting Rules  Where child arrangements are already in place - regulating where children live and who they spend time with - these orders remain in effect, as do the consequences for breaching them.  The court’s primary concern with regards to living conditions is the welfare for the child, and this should be taken into consideration when it comes to arrangements.  A combined approach between both parents is needed, to ensure...

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What is ‘No Fault’ Divorce?

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Many professionals think that the divorce law is currently out of date, and The Law Society are taking this into consideration by plans to reform the divorce process, and remove the concept of fault.  Read below for more information on ‘No-Fault’ Divorce.  Current Divorce Procedures  Currently, the divorce system in England and Wales requires one spouse to initiate the process of filing for divorce, which requires them to make an accusation about the other spouses conduct.  You can currently choose from three reasons:  Adultery  Unreasonable Behaviour  Dissertation  It also requires evidence of guilt to be presented, and if the individual is unable to do this,...

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A Guide to Legal Aid for Family Matters

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There are some common misconceptions about the availability of legal aid for family matters, meaning that those that need help to often not seek it out - as they think they are not eligible for it. Legal aid is money to pay a solicitor to represent you, paid by the Legal Aid Agency. Although this may not cover all fees, it can help to assist with advice, negotiations, mediation and even court representation.  Below, we explore the common questions around legal aid for family matters.  What Matters Can I Get Legal Aid For?  There are some common family matters for which legal aid is...

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The Importance of a Will for Unmarried Couples

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In order to ensure that your estate passes in lines with your wishes once you die, it is recommended that everyone has a valid Will. This is also vital for unmarried couples, who wish to provide for their partner and their children in the event of death. Under intestacy rules, if marriage has not been taken out then the surviving partner or children would not be provided for, which could lead to stress and serious financial issues. This also applies to the send-off of their loved ones, as without being appointed as an Executor, the surviving partner will have no say...

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Divorce & The Tax Year

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As the end of the tax year gets closer, it is important that all divorcing couples seek professional advice if they are considering a transfer of assets. Tax issues are often last to be considered when in the divorce process, however the impact of tax on the final settlement should not be underestimated. This is because by planning the settlement and minimising tax cost within transfers, it allows the maximum amount for distribution between individuals. Capital Gains Tax In a divorce settlement, the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) can cause large implications for couples. This is because spouses are classed as ‘connected...

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