What you need to know about the relationship choices available to mixed-sex couples in 2020
For mixed-sex couples wishing to put their relationship on a more legal footing, 2020 is the first year that they are able to enter into a civil partnership instead of a marriage in England. Introduced in 2005, previously the law only allowed same-sex couples to become civil partners.
Family law expert, Andy Stout looks at the options now available to cohabiting couples who may wish to protect any property or business assets, and make provision for their children or dependents.
Andy Stout, an experienced family law solicitor at Tallents Solicitors in Newark has called upon the government to commit to supporting reforms to the family justice system, including the introduction of no-fault divorce.
The call is part of a countrywide campaign by Resolution, the national family justice body, whose members work to help families to resolve their disputes constructively, keeping the best interests of any children involved at the forefront.
Fairness for Families
After vital legislation on divorce reform and protection for victims of domestic abuse fell by the wayside due to the General Election, Resolution, which represents 6,500 family justice professionals in England and Wales, called on candidates to pledge to support their urgent re-introduction in the new Parliament. They are also calling for legal protection for unmarried couples, and funding for early legal advice, as part of their ‘Fairness for Families’ manifesto.
In this article, she answers some of the common family law questions she is most frequently asked by her clients.
Andrew Stout, an experienced family law solicitor at Tallents Solicitors in Newark welcomes the government’s plans to introduce divorce law reforms through new legislation for no-fault divorces. He writes that the new legislation, which the government will be introducing as soon as Parliamentary time allows, will end the blame-game between divorcing couples as it will remove the need to prove that one of the partners is at fault.