Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

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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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Divorcing couples spared stamp duty rise

November 23, 2017 1 comment

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Divorcing couples should no longer run the risk of inflated stamp duties when buying property, following this week budget. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to close a loophole which had seen couples going through a divorce frequently penalised by a three per cent surcharge on second homes, a measure which had been intended to rein…

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Ex-wife fails in bid to increase £3.5m divorce settlement

September 1, 2017 4 comments

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The former wife of a wealthy property tycoon has failed in her bid to have her divorce settlement increased. She was originally awarded £3.5 million out of a £9.4 million fortune back in 2015 following the couple’s divorce. Her now 82 year-old ex-husband unsuccessfully tried to appeal against that amount last year. However, the 61…

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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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