A guide to cohabitation agreements

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November 30, 2017 2 comments

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  As Cohabitation Awareness Week continues, Solicitor Shanika Varga-Haynes explains how to draft a cohabitation agreement. As laws relating to the separation of cohabitees are entirely different to those which apply to married couples, it is wise to draw up a cohabitation agreement or contract. There is a commonly held belief that if you live…

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Cohabitation Awareness Week: James’s story

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November 29, 2017 0 comments

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James and Sarah met at University, whilst watching a band in the Student’s Union (neither could remember afterwards who the band were). James was studying for a teaching qualification, and Sarah was doing a business studies course. They hit it off immediately, and soon became ‘an item’. Their relationship blossomed throughout the rest of their…

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Council control could see thousands of refuges closed

November 29, 2017 1 comment

domestic violence

Government plans to give local councils sole control over housing funds could lead to thousands of domestic violence refuges closing, Women’s Aid has claimed. Currently housing benefit provides shelters for female domestic violence (DV) victims with their primary source of income. Like all benefits, it is paid by the government directly to the individual recipient….

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Child maintenance evaders targeted by new bill

November 29, 2017 8 comments

family law

A private member’s bill on child maintenance evasion has received its first reading in the House of Commons. Heidi Allen is the Tory MP for South Cambridgeshire. She introduced the Child Maintenance Income Assessment Bill under the Ten Minute Rule Procedure. It aims to “equalise the assessment and enforcement of child maintenance arrangements of children…

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Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK – that’s one family in five, making this the fastest growing family type. Whilst there may be many reasons couples choose not to marry, most don’t realise they can be leaving themselves in a precarious situation. Many people in such a situation should consider protecting…

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Early advice ‘saves money’

November 27, 2017 3 comments

family law

People who receive early legal advice are more likely to resolve their problems quickly new research suggests. Conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Law Society, the pollsters found a clear link between advice within the first three months of a case and the chances of resolution within a similar time period. A quarter of those…

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