Sir Paul Coleridge backs newspaper campaign for family law reform

January 3, 2018 0 comments

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Former High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge has backed a newspaper campaign for family law reform. Writing in The Times this week, the Marriage Foundation chair described the Family Matters campaign as “both timely and courageous” and expressed his full support. The aims of Family Matters include the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, automatic recognition…

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Stowe Family Law explains prenups to huge US audience

December 1, 2017 0 comments

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Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead has been quoted in popular US magazine US Weekly, discussing the possibility that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might sign a prenuptial agreement before their forthcoming wedding. US Weekly is a celebrity and entertainment-focused publication with a circulation comfortably exceeding two million. Writing for the many fans of…

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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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Senior judiciary urge divorce law reform

November 17, 2017 2 comments

family law

Senior judicial figures have called for major reforms to the family law system. The legal grandees include former Family Division President Baroness Butler-Sloss, retired High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, and legal academic Baroness Deech. Sir Paul is the founder of campaign group the Marriage Foundation. He said: “We must urgently do something about the…

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Australian parents demand their children get prenups

September 12, 2017 0 comments

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Australian parents are increasingly asking their adult children to get prenuptial agreements before they agree to help them financially. The ‘baby boomer’ generation has “unprecedented levels of wealth” and many want to assist their children in getting a home in an increasingly expensive job market, Business Insider reports. Baby Boomers are generally classed as those…

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Ex-wife of property mogul challenges prenup

June 15, 2017 5 comments

family law

The former wife of an Australian property developer has challenged the prenuptial agreement which limited her divorce settlement. Her ex-husband was worth between $18 million (£10.7 million) and $24 million (£14.3 million) before his death in 2014. They met online in 2006 while she still lived in an undisclosed country in the Middle East. She…

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Housing and the bank of Mum and Dad

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May 4, 2017 4 comments

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Housing is notoriously expensive in the UK and for one very simple reason: there just isn’t enough to go round. Efforts to build new homes have been sluggish and patchy for decades and the inevitable result has been a relentless climb in prices, thanks to the iron law of supply and demand: great for those…

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Supreme Court Justice considers prenups

March 22, 2017 2 comments

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Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson of Culworth raised questions about the legal validity of prenuptial agreements at an event this week. Speaking to law students at the University of Bristol, the 71 year-old Deputy President of the Supreme Court asked whether: “We have now reached the stage in which, if acting with appropriate care and…

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Prenuptial agreements & postnups: an essential guide

March 16, 2017 2 comments

family law

A prenuptial agreement is a contract between a couple intending to marry or to enter into a civil partnership to regulate their affairs in the event of the relationship coming to an end. Prenuptial agreements usually focus on the financial arrangements that would apply on divorce or dissolution of the civil partnership, but can also…

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