Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Law Commission: Bringing clarity to financial provision

The Law Commission has announced a targeted review of two key aspects of the law that enable married couples and civil partners to claim financial provision from one another on divorce or dissolution of their partnership. Disputes over finances and property between separating spouses or civil partners can lead to misery and expense. Although many… Read more »

Equal rights for parents

There has been considerable publicity over the years regarding the issue of equal rights for parents. The publicity has sometimes been comical – with fancy dress characters in strange places but despite the amusing nature of some of the stunts, the issue itself is one of the utmost seriousness. The issue of legal rights, or… Read more »

Married or not. Does it matter?

Rumours in the media are that Angelina Jolie is pregnant again – if true this would be a fourth biological child for her and Brad Pitt and a seventh child into their family. The reports vary as to whether the couple are married or not. But does that matter as they have lived together for… Read more »

Child support – where next?

The government has recently attempted to bring in changes to the Child Support System whereby parents would have to pay a fee to use the services of the Child Support Agency (CSA) to recover maintenance outstanding for children. Until now, this has been free but it has to be said that the CSA has had… Read more »

Lucky man – a much younger partner and a marriage abroad

You may have seen recently that Bryan Ferry has married for the second time – to a much younger lady some 36 years his junior. Lucky man, you may say? However, whilst Mr Ferry has a history of successful relationships with younger partners (another of his partners was 35 years younger), many others do not…. Read more »

Plan now to save up to 40% more of death benefits

If you have death in service benefits through your employment or death benefits through your pension, you will probably have completed a nomination form to direct the money to your spouse or partner. These funds will be paid directly to the nominated beneficiary and are therefore never part of your estate and so not liable… Read more »

Help is at hand for January break ups – mend it or end it?

It’s well known fact that the second Monday after Christmas is usually the busiest day of the year for divorce solicitors as they are contacted for new appointments. The reasons for break-ups are varied and not just because of personal problems – economic pressures that build during the year are compounded by the excesses of… Read more »

Government encourages bequests to charities

From April 2012, where an individual leaves at least 10% of their net estate to charitable bodies then the inheritance tax rate will be reduced from 40% to 36%. Deciding to include such a bequest to charities means that you will be able to assist charities with their work and less inheritance tax would be… Read more »