January 5th, 2018
One in ten divorcees feel the right help could have saved their marriage
Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.
More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.
But the stress of Christmas and the January blues isn’t the only factor affecting the timing of divorces. Financial pressures figure increasingly in such decisions.
One in ten divorcees said the right help could have saved their relationship, according to research by Relate. If you feel there are problems in your relationship, or if you’ve already decided to get divorced, it’s useful to know what help and support is out there.
Get the facts and learn about sources of advice:
November 30th, 2017
There are 3 million EU nationals living in the UK. About 1.2 million UK nationals live abroad in other EU countries.
In June 2016, more British people voted to leave the EU than to remain part of it. This has become known as Brexit.
The expected leaving date is 29 March 2019, but the process to leave has already begun. At present the UK is still part of the EU.
Three things you should know if you’re an EU citizen living in the UK
1. EU laws are in force in the UK for as long as it’s part of the EU.
2. New laws have not come into force yet. Until they do, you have the same right to live, work and get benefits in the UK.
3. Changes to the law are unlikely to happen straight away. You should be told about changes in advance.
After the UK leaves
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill aims to make EU law into UK law. So EU law will still apply after the UK leaves the EU. In the future, these laws may be changed or removed.
You can apply for settled status if you’ve legally lived in the UK for five years, under the current proposals. If you get settled status, you can still live, work and claim benefits after the UK leaves the EU.
Need legal advice?
This may be a worrying time for you. You can get help. For legal advice about your right to stay in the UK, you can see:
• an immigration adviser
• a solicitor
• a barrister
• a chartered legal executive or CILEx immigration practitioner
Find out more about other types of lawyers.
July 24th, 2017
April was National Pet Month – a chance to celebrate life with pets.
Most pet owners will do anything for their pets, whatever the time of year. Some even leave millions behind for their animal friends.
Sadly, other pet owners fail to meet even the basic needs of their pets required by law.
Three ways owning a pet could bring you into contact with the law
1. Leaving a gift for your pet in your will
You can leave something for your pet in your will. You may also want to leave money for the person who will look after your pet when you’re not around. A will writer could help you with this.
2. Pet pre-nup
You can get a pet pre-nup. A pet pre-nup (or ‘pet-nup’) legally documents who will have your pet if you and your partner split up. A family lawyer could help you write a pet-nup.
3. Breaking the law
From micro-chipping to buying a pet, there are many laws that apply to pets and pet owners. For example, as a dog owner, you need to make sure your dog is under control. If your dog bites and injures someone, you could be fined and sent to prison for up to six months.
If you want legal advice about your pet, see our types of lawyers section.
You can also find out about the court process, if you need to go to court.
Over to you!
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