Schools are getting ready to close for the summer break. Travelling with children can be tricky at the best of times but for those parents who are travelling with a child with a different surname, it can be even more complicated.
We advise unmarried couples to ensure they protect their interests and reduce the chances of any disputes occurring in the unfortunate event that their relationship breaks down.
Unmarried cohabiting families are the fastest growing household type in the UK. We would always recommend to cohabiting couples that the appropriate documentation is prepared such as a Cohabitation Agreement. This will regulate how the parties will conduct their financial affairs during their cohabiting relationship. The terms of such agreements dramatically reduce the chances of dispute in the event of a relationship breakdown.
Are you purchasing a property with your cohabitee? We work with our colleagues in the property team to arrange for contractually binding property documents to be drawn up which set out how a property is to be owned between cohabiting couples. Again, the terms of such agreements dramatically reduce the chances of dispute in the event of a relationship breakdown.
At the other end of the spectrum, if your cohabiting relationship has broken down, and you cannot agree with your former partner how property is to be divided, we can help you. We can work with you to either seek a higher share of a property or by defending a claim from your partner that they should have a higher share of a property than the legal documents suggest. As mentioned above, these types of dispute can result in court proceedings and can get very expensive. In light of this, we can help you to try to get a cost-effective solution while avoiding the pitfalls of court proceedings.
You may need to make a financial claim, against your former partner to assist you with financially supporting your child(ren). We can help you to negotiate an agreement and obtain a court Order incorporating the terms, or represent you in court proceedings to get a Final Order on the most favorable terms possible for you in the circumstances. The lawyers in the team carry out the majority of their own advocacy which means that you will be represented in the court room, by lawyers that know your case inside out, and back-to-front.
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A regular enquiry that we receive relates to the co-ownership of property. This is an update to the options available.
Despite some of the legal and ethical complexities that exist around it, surrogacy is on the rise, both in Britain and internationally. Demand is strong - and growing fast. While many countries don’t formally record the number of children born via …
As a family lawyer over the years I have helped a number of grandparents who have questioned their rights and for various reasons have been stopped from seeing their much-loved grandchildren.
Every couple in England and Wales will, in future, be able to choose between a civil partnership and a marriage if they choose to formalise their relationship, the Prime Minster has recently announced.
The 'ideal' divorce may be one where the divorce financial settlement is agreed quickly and easily.
While children will be looking forward to the summer holidays, for a separated parent the run up to the holidays can be a stressful time. Usually, the normal term time parenting plan agreement is suspended giving parents free rein to reach an arrangement…
There are many different forms of families in the UK today, and cohabiting couples remain the fastest growing family type.
Many people will not consider the legal implications of surrogacy but at Clarion we would always advise commissioning parents and surrogates to take specialist surrogacy legal advice before the conception of any child.
The president of the family division and the head of the family justice system , Mr Justice Munby, has rejected a single parent’s application for a Parental Order.
The most up to date statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK, with a 29.7% increase between 2004 and 2014.
Is there a time limit after divorce for applying to court for a financial order?
I read recently an article on the BBC Future website that questioned whether moving house was one of the most stressful events ever.
For most women, Valentine’s Day is an important day of the year. Not particularly because they need a day to show their love to their partners or vice versa but more because of peer pressure.
A high proportion of the work we do in the Family Team relates to the division of a couples’ finances upon separation or divorce.
The new regulations regarding converting a civil partnership formally come into force on 10 December, which is when the first conversions can take place.
This is not straightforward. The first point to establish is whether you are seeking to enforce a maintenance order in a European Member State or in what EU regulators call “third states.”
As a matrimonial lawyer, we often hear spouses complaining that once the children are grown up and have left home, the marriage is at an end, as they soon realise that they have nothing in common with their partner.
The case of O v P was published in July 2014 and is a really interesting case concerning matters of jurisdiction.
I read, with interest, some research undertaken by Serenta Flowers. They surveyed 2,000 women and asked them to describe what makes a “gentleman”.
Head of Clarion’s Family Team, Justine Osmotherley, has been included in the 2019 Spear’s 500 – Europe’s most respected guide to the top private client advisors, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for high net wort…
Family lawyer Jane Ingleby has joined Clarion’s family law team as a legal director. Jane is returning to Leeds after working in Manchester. Jane has significant experience across all aspects of family law including divorce, finances, nuptial agre…
The private client team at Clarion is continuing to grow with family lawyer Stephanie Douthwaite who is the latest to join the 18 strong team. Ms Douthwaite joins as an associate solicitor having spent six years with Blacks Solic…