Are Pre-Nuptial Agreements Legal in England and Wales?

Pre-nuptial agreements, or pre-nups, are growing in popularity. They are often a feature of high profile, celebrity or high net worth divorces and discussed in the media. However, in England and Wales they are not legally binding. This can come as a surprise to divorcing couples who have signed a pre-nup. Should you still get

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How to maintain contact with grandchildren after the parents’ divorce

Divorce doesn’t just affect the couple, but also the children and extended family. Any grandparents who have had reduced contact with grandchildren after the parents have divorced will know this keenly. However, the law is on the side of grandparents and recognises the rights of children to have relationships with their grandparents, even if contact

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Should children decide who to live with after a divorce?

No one gets married and has children expecting to divorce and knowing how to divide the family so the children are impacted in the least possible way is not easy and there is no one answer. Presuming that there has been no domestic abuse and neither parent is going to be either a physical or

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Situations when you may need a family lawyer after a divorce

Once your divorce is completed it is time to move forward with your life to better things and to wave good bye to your divorce lawyer and the family law courts. However, there are times when you may need to seek legal advice again after your divorce, as situations change and your children grow. Change

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Can a biological father claim parental responsibility after the mother’s death?

There are many different family set ups throughout England and Wales and many different legal aspects to consider. Family law covers a wide variety of situations and many of our queries are about children and confusion over parental responsibility of the biological father. Parental Responsibility All mothers automatically have parental responsibility of their children. Fathers

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How to avoid divorce day

Across the Western World January sees more divorces than any other month. One day in particular sees a sharp rise in people deciding they are going to divorce. This is known as ‘divorce day.’ The extra strain that Christmas puts on couples and families leads to an increased number of couples splitting as soon as

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When is divorce day and why does is happen?

Throughout the year many couples take the decision to divorce for a huge variety of reasons. However, there is one day in particular when divorce lawyers are inundated with requests for representation and that day is known as divorce day. When is divorce day? Divorce day is generally on the first Monday in January. However,

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How and why cohabiting couples should protect themselves

It is by no means uncommon for couples to cohabit rather than marry. In fact, the majority of couples now choose to cohabit before marrying and many go on to have kids and buy a house, postponing the expensive and seemingly pointless wedding while life takes over. All the time everything is going well, this

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What silver divorcees need to consider

Gone are the times when people retire, draw their pension and sit in their arm chair, smoking a pipe and waiting for inevitable decline. With advances in modern medicine, increase in life expectancy and dramatic change in attitudes, hitting retirement no longer means an end, it means a beginning. The rise in ‘silver divorcees’ is

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How to parent when your partner leaves and never comes back

There is much emphasis in the media on one parent forbidding the other parent any access at all to their children. However, it is much harder for people to accept that sometimes a parent will simply walk out of a marriage and choose to rarely or never see their children again, despite the main parent

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Divorce advice not to listen to

If you are going through a divorce then undoubtedly friends, family and people you barely know will be gathering around with ‘helpful advice.’ Although most of it will be well-meaning, a lot of it may be wrong or misleading. Here are some common things that people will say to you that you really should consider

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How to ease your partner into step-parenting

If you have children from a previous marriage and you have recently got together with your significant other, then you have an exciting and complicated journey ahead of you. Especially if your other half isn’t a parent. The road ahead may not be smooth as your partner forms a relationship with your children, as well

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Grant Stephens Family Law Have Been Shortlisted For Another Award

  We are delighted to announce that Grant Stephens Family Law have recently been nominated for another award. We have been shortlisted for Modern Law Awards 2016 Private Client Team of the Year. It is a great honour to be selected and we would like to thank all our clients and associates for their support.

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We’ve been nominated! Family Law Awards 2016

We’re delighted to announce that Grant Stephens Family Law have been nominated for the Family Law Awards 2016. These are the 6th Annual Family Law Awards and the ceremony is taking place in London on 23rd November 2016. The judging panel is made up of the heads of the Association of Lawyers for Children, Chartered

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How to prepare yourself for your divorce

No matter your circumstances, divorce is a difficult time and unlike anything that you will have experienced before. No amount of preparation will help you to breeze through it, however, taking practical steps before the process begins will make life smoother during the coming months. Paperwork Although it is unpleasant to reduce a huge emotional

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Common emotions when your ex remarries

It doesn’t matter how much time it takes after your divorce for your ex to remarry, you will experience some confusing emotions that may take you by surprise. You may be hit with some strong emotions even though you considered yourself fully over the relationship, or it may be the trigger that means you finally

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Unexpected Pitfalls of Step-Parenting

Nowadays it is not uncommon to see a happy family consisting of children, a parent and a step parent. They can make it look so easy and effortless. However, if you are child-free and your new significant other does have children, the road to blissful family life is likely to be quite bumpy. Getting step-parenting

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Why keeping calm can save thousands during your divorce

Anyone who is going through a divorce will quite rightly experience a range of emotions, from anger to rage and back again. You should allow yourself to have these emotions, but only in a controlled setting. Remaining calm during the processes of the divorce can save you thousands. Although it makes great TV, a court

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