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UK surrogacy is on the rise

The number of parents having a baby using a surrogate in England and Wales has almost quadrupled in the last 10 years and with celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Tom Daley and the Kardashians all starting families by way of surrogacy this figure is set to rise. Whilst surrogacy has historically been linked to…

What happens if parents disagree over the vaccination of their children?

As Covid vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds are set to start in weeks’ across UK,  it is likely that some children who are offered the vaccine may be faced with parental opposition who do not wish their children to be vaccinated. So, what happens when there is a disagreement on whether a child should be…

Protect your business with a pre-nup.

Entrepreneurs are typically driven, ambitious people who have plans in place to protect their business against the risks associated with bad luck, competition or the economy. But how many plan to minimise the emotional and financial costs of divorce upon their business? Contributions of homemaking and growing a business are considered of equal importance in…

Couples must wait for a ‘no fault’ divorce as new law is delayed

  The government announcement this week that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, will be delayed by at least six months will disappoint many separated couples seeking to divorce in the most amicable way, with the least impact on their children. The Act, which was due to come into force in October 2021, will…

The Parents Promise

Recently, I came across The Parents Promise and was staggered to read that 280,000 children (a similar number to the size of the population of Newcastle!) experience a family separation each year. There is no doubt that a family separation has an impact on children. They can have feelings of loss and there can be…

What will happens to my pension if I divorce?

Pensions are often the most valuable asset to be considered on divorce, particularly if one or both of the parties are members of a final salary/defined benefits pension scheme. There are several different types of pension and often they include complicated investment schemes which can led to an increased risk of under-settling if expert advice…

Appointing a guardian – What rights does the surviving parent have?

  Often becoming a parent makes many of us think about the future and the security of our family. For peace of mind many parents make a Will or update their Will and appoint a guardian to look after a child in the event of their death. No one wants to think about not being…

The importance of financial planning for divorce

Financial planning is important to help us all achieve our desired future lifestyle. However, when faced with relationship breakdown or divorce, the inevitable changing circumstances mean that the need to reassess your financial situation is crucial in order to allow you to begin the next chapter of your life. A family solicitor will be able…

Children’s Mental Health Week

Last week marked Children’s Mental Health Week and as we approach a year since Covid-19 restrictions first came into effect this could not have come at a better time. If the events of the last 12 months have taught us anything, it is the importance of safeguarding our mental health. With many children currently not…

What is a Common Law Marriage?

The number of people choosing to live together (cohabiting) rather than get married is becoming more popular. As of November 2019, there were 3.5 million* cohabiting couples in the UK and given the recent spike in lockdown enforced or accelerated cohabitation as a result of COVID-19 this number is only going to rise. Family Solicitor,…