Families

Continuing the call for certainty for unmarried cohabiting couples

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The cohabiting family is the second largest family type in the UK, representing 3.3 million families, and growing. But this popular form of family type suffers from a legislative gap in the UK, we look in more detail. More …

Can I change my child's surname?

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There are many reasons why a parent might want to change their child's surname, including due to parental separation, divorce or re-marriage. In every case, a child's surname is an integral part of who they are and seeking to change their surname can be a very emotive issue. More …

Have the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act gone far enough?

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Senior Solicitor Ben Coulson discusses whether the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act have gone far enough. More …

How do you solve a problem like Civil Partnerships?

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The Prime Minister today has announced that the government will legislate to extend Civil Partnerships to heterosexual couples. So what does this mean? More …

Reducing family conflict – wherever possible

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As members of Resolution, the Family team at Blake Morgan strive to reduce conflict as far as possible in all cases that are dealt with. This is often made challenging by the current law in respect of divorce. More …

Death Benefits – a positive development on the rights of cohabitees and 'common-law spouses'

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In the recent Supreme Court decision in the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48, the UK's highest court took a big step in the right direction to strengthen the rights of cohabitees. More …

Successful Inheritance Act claim for perceived "lodger"

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Testamentary freedom, or a person's freedom to dispose of their property upon death as they see fit, is a fundamental principle of English and Welsh law. More …

The benefits and pitfalls of new build properties

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UK Finance has announced that first time buyers accounted for over 50% of all new residential mortgages in the first quarter of 2018. Recent government led initiatives have resulted in first time buyers becoming a significant proportion of the buyer market, particularly within the new build sector. For those taking their first steps on the property ladder we take a look at the benefits and pitfalls of new build properties and how to minimise the risk. More …

Supreme Court rules on who can decide to withdraw life-sustaining treatment

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A hugely important decision was handed down by the Supreme Court this week, affecting what families can do when a loved one is on life support. It was ruled that families and doctors can agree amongst themselves to end life sustaining care – without having to make a time-consuming and expensive application to Court. More …