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Parrish Family Law
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Family Law Solicitors specialising in divorce, children and finance across Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton.
Family Law Solicitors specialising in divorce, children and finance across Milton Keynes, Bedford and Northampton.

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Merry Christmas to you!

We hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing festive break and a healthy, happy 2019. We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our clients, partners, suppliers and friends for your ongoing support – it is much appreciated. We look forward to a dynamic New Year together.

Please note that we are closed from 17:00 on Thursday 20 December, re-opening 9:00 on the 2nd January 2019
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Easter Opening Times

Please do note that the Parrish Family Law office is closed over the Easter period from 29 March to 04 April inclusive.

#Olney #FamilyLaw
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New Blog Post: Grandparent’s rights after Divorce

We are often asked what grandparents rights are when a relationship breaks down and parents’ divorce.

Unfortunately, grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren and it is not against the law for a parent to refuse contact. However, the family courts do recognise that grandparents play a vital role in the upbringing of their grandchildren, and it is very rare that the court would refuse a grandparent access to grandchildren unless there is evidence of abuse or violence.

There are options available for grandparents if they find themselves in this difficult situation. Read more... https://www.parrishfamilylaw.co.uk/news-commentary/73-grandparent-s-rights-after-divorce
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An interesting case which highlights the complexity of financial remedy proceedings and the importance of taking #legal advice as early as possible...
http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed188443
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How to Prepare your Finances for Divorce

The emotional upheaval of a split can affect the financial decisions being made during the #divorce process. Even those that start the process amicably all too often see these good intentions go out the window and finances becoming a major sticking point.


Financial preparation needed for a divorce

If you are about to start divorce proceedings here are our tips to prepare yourself mentally and practically for the financial separation which is to come. We suggest you start, even before you visit a family law solicitor, by:

• Tracking your cash flow and establishing a budget
• Organising your important paperwork

Your solicitor will then need certain information when you instruct them. FYI this is the information we may request, depending on the circumstances, when we take on a client. Read more.... https://www.parrishfamilylaw.co.uk/news-commentary/72-how-to-prepare-your-finances-for-divorce
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Merry Christmas

We hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing festive break and a healthy, happy 2018. We would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all our clients, partners, suppliers and friends for your ongoing support – it is much appreciated. We look forward to a dynamic New Year together.

Please note that we are closed from Friday 22 December 2017, re-opening Tuesday 2 January 2018.
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National awareness week to help cohabiting couples understand their legal rights

This year Resolution, a national group of 3,500 family lawyers who believe in resolving family disputes in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, have focussed their annual awareness week on cohabitation, an area in where little legal progress has been made and we believe that needs to change to better reflect the modern family.

If you and your partner aren't married or in a civil partnership, you have very little legal protection if you break up. It doesn’t matter if you have lived together for years or have children. You are not legally recognised as a couple, making it very difficult to claim a share in the family home or your partner’s finances if you split.

‘Common Law Marriage’ Fallacy

Some people still believe that if they have lived together for a period of time they will be ‘common law husband and wife’. This is a myth. There is no such concept in English Law. This means that former partners are not entitled to maintenance or financial support (unlike with divorce), there is no entitlement for maintenance or financial support when cohabitees separate.
For couples living together it can seem normal for one partner to give up work to care for children or elderly relatives – or for the couple to make a verbal agreement where one pays the mortgage and the other pays the bills. However, without a formal agreement in place, the court cannot make your ex pay maintenance to support you just because it might be fair. https://www.parrishfamilylaw.co.uk/news-commentary/70-national-awareness-week-to-help-cohabiting-couples-understand-their-legal-rights
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Litigant-in-person figures expose family courts crisis... latest government figures highlighting the rising number of private law cases and litigants in person have prompted calls for the government to heed recent warnings about the family justice system.

Ministry of Justice figures show 13,029 new private law applications were made between April an June this year, a 3% increase on the same period last year. Neither the applicant nor respondent were represented in 36% of disposals, compared with 34% in the previous quarter. https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/…/litigant-in-…/5062993.article
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‘Maintenance for Life’ Revisited Supreme Court Appeal

In February 2017, the Court of Appeal’s decision in the Mills v Mills case to increase the ex-wife’s spousal maintenance payments 15 years after the divorce came as a bit of a surprise for family lawyers.

We assumed that ‘maintenance for life’ was on the way out given the increasing emphasis the Courts put on the need for the party receiving maintenance to do so for a short period of time, with an aim to become independent.

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https://www.parrishfamilylaw.co.uk/news-commentary/69-maintenance-for-life-revisited-supreme-court-appeal
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Check out this helpful 'Order of Financial Remedy Proceedings' Flowchart

It gives you an overview of typical order of #FinancialRemedyproceedings in England and Wales. #divorce #familylaw
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