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What will happen after Dinah and Lisa Dingle die?!

Emma Stride TEP
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Death unites the soaps again… We all love a meaty storyline, but there sure is a morbid thread linking our favourite soaps at the moment. What with Dinah in EastEnders, Liz Dingle in Emmerdale and rumour of a popular character soon to croak in...

10 top tips to nail Co-parenting this Spring

Susan Howarth
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New Life Spring has finally sprung and it’s a lighter, warmer place full of new life - as we put those cold, grey drizzly winter months behind us, we find ourselves looking ahead with promise. Divorce can feel a bit like this. And if you’re...

Brexit: past, present and future of the housing market

David Williams
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Media Madness We live in crazy times. Almost 3 years after the country voted to leave the EU, the Brexit process continues to drag on and with no deal on the table, emotions are running high across the nation: anger, embarrassment, frustration,...

Pets named in Wills: like Karl Lagerfeld, are you 'feline' the love?

Emma Stride TEP
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Pampered pet In the wake of fashion industry icon Karl Lagerfield’s death , his beloved pet cat is reportedly set to inherit a significant chunk of the Chanel Creative Director’s £150million fortune . In an interview with French...

Diets, Detox and Divorce

Jeanette Birch
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As another new year rolls round again, many of us are looking to make life changes, often following the festive indulgences. Diets and detox top this list but it might surprise you that divorce applications are up there too. January signifies a new year...

Co-parenting at Christmas: the top 3 Do's and Don'ts

Victoria Poole
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Magical mayhem! It the same story every year. As we hurtle towards Christmas and the craziness ramps up, the adrenalin is pumping and the stress levels start soaring. The tree, the decorating, the presents, the wrapping, the delivering, the turkey, the...

5 most common divorce myths - debunked!

Susan Howarth
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Whether it’s the KFC mutated chicken, the earth being flat or goldfish having a 3-second memory, we all love a good old urban myth – y’know, the kind of legend that spreads by word of mouth for its comedy or shock value. The legal world is...

Housing crisis continues to hit first-time buyers

John Spittle
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4 out of 10 young adults still can’t afford to buy a house New research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown that  4 out of 10 young people  cannot afford to buy one of the cheapest homes in their area with a 10% deposit, let...

UK divorce laws... antiquated and out of date? It's time for change.

Jeanette Birch
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Rare divorce case highlights the need for reform The final ruling in what’s been described as the  most significant divorce case of the century  has not only caused devastation and one party ‘unable to move forward with their...

It's time to talk about dementia and make plans

Emma Stride TEP
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... before it’s too late. FACT: 1 in 3 will develop dementia Dementia might not be the most jovial of topics - thinking or talking about it, let alone planning ahead for its possibility by means of a lasting power of attorney (LPA), makes a lot of us...

The darker side of the World Cup: domestic abuse, violence & sexism

Victoria Poole
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Football Fever As World Cup fever grips the country, many of us look forward to supporting the England squad throughout the tournament – enjoying the hot weather with barbeques and cold beers, eagerly awaiting each game whilst keeping our fingers...

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle - did they or didn't they?

Victoria Poole
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The Royal Wedding - the knot was tied but was a prenup signed? It was arguably the wedding of the year: a British Prince and an American actress, a real-life fairytale. And although this is  Meghan Markle’s  second marriage, if we’re...

Getting married? Beware of accidentally disinheriting your kids

Emma Stride TEP
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Children come first For many of us, our kids are the apple of our eye, our pride and joy - and how we feel about them doesn’t change as they become adults and maybe go on to have families of their own. Our own personal relationships may come and go -...

Property for first-time buyers - in like a lion, out like a lamb?

John Spittle
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March is notorious for being a changeable month in terms of the weather, with the phrase ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb’ describing the stormy start of the month we often see, and the subsequent calming as we enter April. And then we have a...

To divorce, or not to divorce: that is the question

Susan Howarth
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Valentine’s Day: the final straw Every year, from 1st January onwards, we get Valentine’s Day coming at us from every direction. Wherever you look it’s Hallmark-heaven, with hearts, flowers, chocolates and cuddly toys thrust in our...

Forrest Gump and the Lasting Power of Attorney

Susan Howarth
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If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know the words: "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get". How true that is - good or bad, none of us really know what’s around the corner. We...

5 top tops to enjoying Christmas (with or without your kids)

Jeanette Birch
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It’s that time of year again, the John Lewis ad has melted the nation’s hearts and the festive season is firmly underway. But for some parents, it’s not all yuletide greetings and HoHoHo! For those who are separated or divorced, amicably...

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff in shock split... is it true?

Victoria Poole
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In Celebrity Cohabitation News... …and only days after she talked of marriage and baby No.2 being on the cards in the future. OK, it’s a fair cop, it’s fake news - we made it up to get your attention (but for good reason, keep reading). ...

Too young, busy or broke to write a will? Think again.

Susan Howarth
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Too young, too busy, too broke Regardless of whether you’re one of the Millennial, Generation Z or even Generation X brigade, these are just some of the reasons that over 50%* of people the UK don’t have a will. A staggering 68%* of this...

Divorce: are family businesses and copreneurs vulnerable?

Susan Howarth
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Business is booming According to the Institute for Family Business, we have over 4.7million family-owned businesses  here in the UK and with new research by cloud accounting software provider FreeAgent revealing an estimated 1.4 million of these...

Love Island: the aftermath - love, living together & the law

Victoria Poole
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Soulmate found! Whether you were an obsessed fan or not, you can’t have missed hearing about this summer’s TV hit and arguably everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure, ITV2’s reality-show  Love Island . The nation has been hooked...

5 Top Tips to simple, stress-free Conveyancing

David Williams
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You’ve been looking for ages and you’ve finally found it – your dream house, the next chapter, happy days… so what happens next? Now that you can give the Conveyancing Process the green light, it’s time to get serious. Buying...

Does Marriage, Civil Partnership or Cohabitation discriminate?

Jeanette Birch
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You’d imagine not, in this day and age, but some would argue that discrimination does still exist for certain couples in the UK. Marriage Equality Not long ago, it was widely recognised that marriage discriminated against same sex couples ...

Life After Divorce: 7 Top Tips to moving on

Susan Howarth
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As we approach Easter, it’s got me thinking. At this time of year children are getting excited about the Easter Bunny and chocolate egg hunts, and some of the religious among us are preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, of His resurrection...

Why accidents are particularly bad news...

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  …for those without a commercial Lasting Power of Attorney.   “It’ll never happen to me” …and that’s what a lot of us think, but sadly accidents do happen. All the time and often out of the blue....

Mediation: an easy 5-point guide

Victoria Poole
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Mediation is a commonly misunderstood word in the legal world. The biggest misconception being that mediation can help you mend your relationship, a bit like counselling. The simple answer is, it cannot. It’s not a method for reconciliation but one...

Should the head rule the heart this Valentine's Day?

Jeanette Birch
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As we fast approach February 14th, Spring is on the horizon and love is in the air. Along with Christmas and New Year, Valentine’s Day is considered one of the most romantic times to pop the question and, according to the Chillisauce  Marriage...

Tackle the 3 Ds this New Year; Divorce, Dementia & Death

Susan Howarth
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It’s that time of year again. January - the month named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, and a time generally associated with rebirth, renewal and resolutions. And as we reflect on the previous 12 months, our attention turns to how...

The darker side of Christmas...

Victoria Poole
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…financial stress, marital strain & domestic abuse. As wonderful as Christmas is for the vast majority, existing marital problems combined with financial stress and playing happy families together can put some relationships under extreme...

Last Christmas I gave you my heart...

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...this year, I'm giving you my will! OK, so it doesn’t roll off the tongue in the same way as the Wham! classic (at all!) and it might sound a bit gloomy, but take a moment and think about it. It’s the thought that counts That’s...

The secret to successful co-parenting post-divorce

Susan Howarth
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“Brangelina” split throws co-parenting into the spotlight again Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their rainbow family once looked like the picture perfect family, with the world seemingly following every harmonious collaborative move they made. ...

From balmy nights to the brink of divorce in 6 weeks...

Victoria Poole
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  … how can summer stress can push a relationship over the edge? As the sun sets on summertime, September is fast becoming the top month to divorce. Over recent years divorce lawyers and relationship counsellors have noted a surge in...

Divorce: the human touch vs technology

Susan Howarth
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Technology, the internet and online services have revolutionised the world as we know it and transformed the way we live on a daily basis – how we make friends, keep in touch with the world, find love, socialise, entertain ourselves, learn, shop, pay...

Summer scheduling for separated parents: a short guide

Victoria Poole
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Summer lovin’ or summer stress? For many of us, it’s hard to imagine summertime conjuring up anything other than images of long sunny days, fun-packed family outings, lazy afternoons and picnics in the park - the joyful sound of your...

2016: The Year of the Legal Apprenticeship

Susan Howarth
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In years to come, we could be looking back on 2016 as a landmark moment, the year the legal sector’s recruitment landscape changed.   The traditional route to law Historically, if you wanted to become a solicitor, the traditional route...

McKenzie Friends - Friend or Foe?

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Consider this: you need to go to court for custody of your children following the breakdown of your marriage; you aren’t eligible for legal aid but nor can you afford a solicitor …what are your options? Well, you can either represent...

Stamp Duty in March 2016: in like a lion or out like a lamb?

David Williams
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Bold Action After chancellor George Osborne yesterday pledged to continue taking ‘bold action’ on home ownership, The Law Society Gazette asked the question: could conveyancers be in for more stamp duty shocks when the government plans to...

Civil Partnership For All - Yes or No?

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Civil partnership equality, and the question of its relevance and importance, has been all over the news recently. Legal Fight A heterosexual couple have taken their legal fight to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage to the high...

Higher stamp duty charges from April 1st - are you in the know?

David Williams
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Shock announcement In November 2015, the BBC reported on the curve ball that property investors were thrown in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement : Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes will soon have to pay more in stamp duty, the...

Is the new Domestic Abuse Law enough?

Victoria Poole
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The BBC has recently reported on the new domestic violence law that could see perpetrators jailed for up to 5 years . Effective from December 2015, the legislation targets ‘coercive and controlling’ behaviour: The Crown Prosecution Service...

Christmas: a tale of carols, tinsel, turkey...and divorce?

Susan Howarth
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The Festive Pressure Cooker There’s no ‘bah humbug’ about it – it’s a well-known fact that, historically, the Christmas holiday and all its trimmings can create astronomical tension and unease in families. The continuous...

Who has the kids on Christmas Day? Top Tips for separated parents.

Victoria Poole
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Magic or Misery? For many children, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. And, as a parent, there’s nothing more wonderful than soaking up their joy and excitement during the build-up, on the day itself and throughout the festive break. ...

Prenups: a romance killer or common sense?

Susan Howarth
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Divided Opinion In the US of A, where most things are arguably bigger, bolder and better, prenups are often the norm and simply considered to be sensible planning, much like an insurance policy. But across the pond, here in the UK, if we even hear the word...

SPOILER ALERT! Common Law Marriage - the biggest urban myth?

Victoria Poole
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Along with bats being blind, Vikings having had horns on their helmets and you never being more than 6ft away from a rat, the ‘common law marriage’ could arguably be one of the biggest urban myths around. Real or no real? Despite living in an...

The only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes...right?!

Susan Howarth
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So you have your will and that ticks those boxes, yes? But what about ‘change’? In today’s society, the good news is that we’re all living longer and, in doing so, the opportunity for significant ‘change’ in our lives is...

Wife's Payout After 20-year Divorce

Susan Howarth
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It has recently been reported across the media a case which most people may find astonishing to read and accept: http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-31832392 This is a case where an ex-wife could look to receive a financial pay out after...

Unveiling of Mediation Myths

Susan Howarth
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We lawyers and lawyer mediators are notorious for talking in lawyer speak, forgetting the vast majority of people want plain speak. How many know what mediation is? When I started to mediate I found:- Many clients thought I would help them get back...

What is a Settlement/Compromise Agreement?

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Over the past 9 years the economy has struggled and in line with this many businesses have either folded or had to make significant staffing cuts in order to survive. We recently had a case where an employee was being made redundant after 10 years of...

Forced Marriages - The Shame of It

Victoria Poole
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What is a Forced Marriage? A forced marriage is “a marriage that takes place without the full and free consent of both parties”. It is not the same as an arranged marriage where the families take the lead in selecting a marriage partner but the...