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Offering insights into different family law topics and questions, we are proud to offer leading family law advice.

5 things you need to know before signing a postnuptial agreement

What are postnuptial agreements? Postnuptial agreements are written contracts between two parties who are already married. Similar to a prenup, the contract allows you to specify how your financial assets would be divided should you ever get divorced. Even happily married couples think about protecting their assets should life take them down separate paths. In this case, a postnuptial agreement can save bad feelings, time and money. Both spouses MUST sign postnuptial agreements For a postnup to work, you and your partner both need to sign! If one spouse doesn’t agree to the terms of the agreement, then the contract...

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Divorce and pets, what laws apply and who gets the pet? 

The UK treats pets as chattels which is on the same level as a fridge, sofa or table. While there are murmurs of this changing in the future, nothing is set in stone. Spain has a law that makes pets an official family member, perhaps the UK will follow suit. What happens to pets in a divorce?  Using collaborative law, it may be possible to deal with pet disputes quickly and easily. Of course, this amicable resolution isn’t always possible, and we are here to advise where necessary.  If this doesn’t work, though, solicitors can help as mediators. We’re trained...

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What is collaborative law and how does it work?

  Collaborative law is an alternative to mediation. It is a legal process which involves two parties signing a contract to bind each other to work together on a settlement. For example, it allows couples who’ve decided to separate or end their marriage to work with a trained professional to avoid court proceedings.   This voluntary process helps both parties to settle disputes fairly and out of court and can be used to cover a wide range of disputes including between parents. The nature of collaborative law makes it widely associated with use in family settings.   What’s the difference between collaborative...

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Frequently asked family law questions

Family law includes child custody, separation, parental rights, and pre/post-nuptial agreements, the legal advice we offer to families covers these topics and more. We are proud to be a leading Staffordshire family law organisation. Our family and matrimonial law team is experienced in handling a range of issues that can arise from separation or family breakdowns. The team stays up to date with latest family law advances and acts as a beacon of hope during a stressful time. Here, the team share three family law FAQs to help shed some light on the key themes. What do I need to...

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How does a no-fault divorce work? UK divorce law changes explained

Family and Matrimonial Solicitor, Lisa Cogger, of Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors, explains how the recently announced changes to UK divorce law by the Government will work in England and Wales. Why is UK divorce law changing? Existing divorce law in the UK has remained unaltered for nearly 50 years, and increasing demands for change came following the Tini Owens case in 2018. The Supreme Court ruled in July that she could not divorce her husband without her spouse’s consent until they have lived apart for a period of five years. Owens and her husband, Hugh Owens, had been living separate lives...

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What access rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren in the event of a divorce?

Grandparents’ Rights There can be many reasons why family relationships do not run smoothly. As grandparents, exactly what rights do you have if you have been denied access to your grandchildren? Here our Family and Matrimonial specialist, Lisa Cogger, answers your key questions. What legal rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren? Sadly, grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren. However, family courts will recognise the invaluable role which grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives and it is very rare that a court would refuse access unless there is evidence of serious welfare concerns...

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Family & Matrimonial: Child Arrangement Disputes

According to the most recent figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) there has been an increase in court applications involving living arrangement disputes and the time children should spend with the non-resident parent. Here our Family and Matrimonial solicitor, Lisa Cogger, explains the legal process involved. Since the 1980s the courts have applied what they have called a “strong presumption” or an “assumption” that the child’s welfare is best served by remaining involved with both parents following their separation or divorce. It is understandable that the end of a relationship for many parents is difficult....

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Are you living together? Frequently asked questions about cohabitation…

Cohabiting couples often assume that moving in together as a couple creates similar rights and responsibilities as marriage – so-called common law marriage – however this does not have any legal recognition. If you are moving in together you should know how cohabiting affects your legal position and how you can protect yourselves should your relationship end or one of you dies. Our family and matrimonial specialist Lisa Cogger here at Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors explains more and answers your most common questions… YOUR LEGAL STATUS Q. Is it true that if you live with someone for so many years then you have some...

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