Domestic violence in isolation

Domestic violence is not in lockdown. We understand that there is still physical violence, emotional abuse and financial control and you now feel isolated more than ever. Help is still available. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline continues to operate and has stated “Whilst our advice is to stay at home, anyone who is at risk […]

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Family isolation issues - COVID-19

At Cunningtons we understand that matters concerning your family life are amongst the most stressful things that you could ever have to deal with.  In addition to that stress, we are now facing unprecedented times with the threat of the coronavirus – and all the new pressures that come with it. The Family Law team […]

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Nikah wedding ceremony

For a marriage to be legally recognised in England and Wales it must comply with certain legal requirements. Even if your marriage is recognised by your community or religion, it may not be a lawful marriage according to English Law. A Court of Appeal decision ruled that the marriage of a woman who wed her […]

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No-fault divorce in 2020

Will a no-fault divorce be available in 2020? We look at the benefits of this important potential change in the law.

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How can I afford a family law solicitor

Many people are having to go through family law court proceedings without having the benefit of legal advice, simply because of the costs involved in instructing a solicitor. Going to court and representing yourself is a terrifying prospect for most people … is there anyone who can help? Solicitors It is always worth contacting a […]

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Ask Yourself These Questions

Once you’ve met with a solicitor, you should have a much clearer idea on all of your options. You are  also understand what your costs are likely to be. Before you decide to instruct a solicitor, it’s time to ask yourself a few questions. 1. Did the solicitor listen to me? Solicitors can’t possibly give […]

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Interview your Family Law solicitor

Interviewing a Family Law solicitor When you first meet with any solicitor, we always suggest taking a notepad and pen. You’ll be given lots of information and you may be asked to get some further information or take certain steps to help strengthen your position. So it’s always handy to make a quick note of […]

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Find a Family Law Solicitor

Going to see a solicitor to discuss your Family Law issues can be a scary thing to do, whether you need to find out if you can get a divorce, or you’re having trouble agreeing how often you should spend time with your children, or you aren’t sure what to do with the house. No […]

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5 Things Not To Say To Your Divorce Lawyer

When you work with a divorce lawyer there are things you can do to make the process easier for both of you.  We’ve listed 5 things that you should never say to your divorce lawyer to smooth the relationship. 1. “I get paid cash in hand” The phrase  “cash in hand” strikes fear into the […]

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Silver divorce - older couples splitting

Life expectancy is on the up. The average man can expect to live to 78 and the average woman can expect to achieve the grand old age of 82. Is the thought of spending 20-plus years of retirement with your spouse really that unbearable? Apparently so. “Silver Divorces” are on the increase. Over 60s are […]

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Prenuptial agreements: your questions

What is a Prenuptial Agreement? A Prenuptial Agreement (sometimes called a “Prenup” or a pre-marital agreement) is a formal signed agreement entered into by a couple before they get married. Its intention is to set out very clearly what the parties have agreed will happen to their assets (both jointly held assets and those held […]

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Questions for your divorce solicitor

Our Family Law department has a lot of questions to answer, but the same issues keep coming up These are five of our most usual questions … Question 1: Does my ex have an obligation to keep a roof over his children’s heads? No, there is no law to say that a non-resident parent (a […]

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