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I’m not married but am splitting up with my partner-what happens to our property?

It often comes as a surprise to cohabiting individuals that in the unfortunate event of a relationship break down they do not have the same rights to make property claims against each other as they would have if they were married or civil partners. There is often a misunderstanding that couples may have some protection…

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Taking the lid off unlawful behaviour in the workplace

Calls for misuse of Non-Disclosure Agreements to be prohibited The Women and Equalities Committee has recently published a report examining misuse of Non-Disclosure Agreements in situations of unlawful treatment, which followed their inquiry at the end of 2018. This follows a series of incidents, including the high-profile alleged use of Non-Disclosure Agreements to stop employees…

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PARENTING PLAN – WHAT IS THE RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL?

Often, one of the most contentious issues following a separation regards children and specifically what time each party can spend with them moving forward. As you might expect, discussions between parents to decide what is in the children’s best interests can be tricky and emotional.  As part of any separation parents must learn to co-parent in…

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I’M THINKING OF BUYING A HOUSE……

Decided to buy a house? It’s an exciting time, but buying a house or flat can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are a first-time buyer. As with many things, preparation can make the process much smoother. The tips below will hopefully come in useful, whether buying a first home, a larger family property…

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How to handle Mother’s Day following a separation

by Joanne Lofthouse I was at home recently channel surfing, trying to find something to escape into for a couple of hours, when I came across the film Mother’s Day produced by Garry Marshall. The film itself struck a chord with me in how it expertly navigated its way through blended families, tackling interfaith marriages,…

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Looking to Sell? Make sure you’re ready!

If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, making sure that both the house and the associated paperwork are in good order, can go a long way towards helping ensure a smooth sale. Here are our top tips to consider if you are thinking of selling your home: * Any estate agent…

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How to help keep your divorce legal costs to a minimum

Claire Hunter, Raworths Solicitor looks at how to keep the lid on legal costs during the divorce process. January, sadly, is a month that statistically sees a rise in the number of divorcing couples. For most it’s a time of great stress and uncertainty and will certainly change most people’s circumstances regarding property and finances….

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WHO GETS TO KEEP THE RING?

With the festive season being the most popular time for proposals, Jo Lofthouse considers what happens to the ring if things fall through. As has been widely reported on social media this week, Paris Hilton and her fiancé Chris Zylka have separated. The pair however, almost 12 months ago had announced their engagement with a…

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Universal Credit – what separating spouses need to know

As the controversy around universal credit continues, Jo Lofthouse looks at the contentious policy and explains what divorcing couples need to be aware of. As many of you will know universal credit is the benefit payment that was introduced in 2012 with a phased roll out. It was introduced in Harrogate during 2016 and was…

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End of the Blame Game?

Could a new consultation be the beginning of the end for fault based divorces? Fault based divorce has been around for a long time and for those who have been through a divorce they will be familiar with the aggravating nature of being involved in a process that insists on attributing blame-even if there isn’t…

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Under Surveillance – Secret recordings in family cases – acceptable or an absolute no no?

  In this age of technology that we live in, research has shown that our smart phones and tablets are never usually more than a meter away from us at any one time. I have to say this is true for me and that on occasion my smart phone has practically had to be surgically…

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Myth-busting Child Maintenance

When two people with children make the decision to separate, they are entering unknown territory. Child maintenance is one area that can cause a tremendous amount of confusion and parents often come to me with various preconceptions about it. If you’re not sure what the facts are, then hopefully the next top ten myth busting…

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Online divorce – a new digital era

Carmelita Ardren is head of family, children and divorce at Raworths Solicitors Recently a new online divorce system has been rolled out across England and Wales and following a testing phase last year, online divorce is now an option for many people who can choose to make their applications from home. So, what does this…

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An insight into the thoughts of one of England’s most senior family Judges

Is there a bias against husbands in relation to spousal support? Should there be a time limit on spousal support? Is divorce law outdated? Should co-habiting couples be given the same rights as married couples? Can you have a “fault free” divorce? In the latest family law guest blog for Harrogate Mumbler, Raworths Family Law…

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Is it time to detox your relationship with a Reconciliation Contract?

Although the media would have everyone believe there are a glut of enquiries about starting a divorce in January, this is largely a media myth. Whilst there can be a slight increase in January, the peak tends to come at a different time of year. That said, many people will assess their relationship, health and…

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Caring or controlling? How to know when a relationship crosses the line

This month, women in the UK have been celebrating 100 years since they gained the right to vote. For many young women living in the UK today, it’s almost incomprehensible to think they didn’t have the same rights as men back then. Even though legislation now treats both men and women equally, respecting everyone’s rights,…

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The Common Law Marriage Myth…..put a ring on it!!

    Carmelita Ardren is the head of the family department at Raworths Solicitors   Last week was Cohabitation Awareness Week a campaign run by Resolution, the umbrella organisation of family lawyers, to raise public awareness about the lack of legal protection for couples who choose to live together without getting married.   Cohabiting couples…

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Who gets the Dog?

The case for pets during a separation by Joanna Lofthouse, Senior Associate in the Family team at Raworths This is a question I’m asked surprisingly often when advising clients following a separation, and it’s a question that can be tremendously difficult to answer. It might seem like a strange question but for many people who go…

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What happens to my digital footprint when I’m gone?

Article written by Kate Maybury, Senior Associate in Trusts, Wills and Estates at Raworths Family Law It’s not something many of us will have thought about but the rapid growth of social media has meant that many of us, upon death, with have a legacy that traditional Wills don’t cater for. You might have prepared…

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Is your home safe from fraud?

Sally Robinson is Head of Residential Property and Senior Associate at Raworths. An English man’s home is his castle, or is it? Our homes are often our most valuable assets but do we do all we can to protect them? Identity theft is not new but fraudsters get increasingly sophisticated and daring.  Last year a…

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Credit where credit is due.

One year on from the introduction of Universal Credit in Harrogate, so where are we now? What is Universal Credit? Universal Credit is a payment system that was introduced in 2012 and has gradually been phased in across the UK with it being introduced in Harrogate during 2016. Universal Credit is a new single benefit…

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Pre-Nuptial Bliss

Jo Lofthouse considers the increasing popularity of Pre-Nuptial Agreements. Wedding season is fast approaching and as blossom falls from the trees like confetti, one of the many items on the ‘to do list’ for twenty first century brides and grooms is to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement before their big day. In the words of…

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Going back to work? Know your rights following maternity leave

This month we welcome a guest blog by Liz Pollock, a solicitor in our Employment Team. Being on maternity leave is a special time for a mother and her baby and many happy days are spent watching this little person grow and develop. But it also involves sleepless nights, explosive nappies and teething troubles. So…

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A Grandparents Guide: Guest Blog by Raworths Family Law

  A grandparent’s role is a precious one. Most grandparents idolise their grandchildren and in return their grandchildren thrive from this special bond. Grandparents have a wealth of experience in bringing up children, they often have more time and patience than parents have, and can provide children with a sense of family history. Prior to…

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Avoiding the Blame Game

Joanna Broadhead examines the case for the introduction of no fault divorce in England and Wales. It’s a fair assumption that many married couples who separate hope to resolve matters as quickly and amicably as possible. They often come along to their initial legal appointment to seek advice upon divorce having seen and heard that…

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Financial Future Proofing – A Cohabitees Guide

January is a difficult month for many people, the aftermath of the Christmas festivities leaves many people feeling deflated and at a low ebb and for those experiencing marital difficulties it’s a very common time for those issues to come to the fore. Talk often turns to divorce in January for married couples but what…

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The End of the Rainbow: What is a “good” divorce and how do you get one?

The end of a relationship is an unspeakably difficult time for all concerned. This is not just about the breakdown of your relationship, but the impact that it has on the children, stepchildren and the wider family when plunged into a period of upset and uncertainty. It is often hard to remember what normal life…

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A quick divorce based on irreconcilable differences

Sounds good doesn’t it. A quick divorce. Once you’ve made the decision you want it to happen. We see many married couples who do wish to separate and resolve matters as quickly and as amicably as possible. So many will consult with their legal advisor having seen and heard in the media that the latest…

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A good start when it comes to the end…..

  There are so many things to worry about when you become a parent. You know where I’m coming from. The list is a mile long. Some of us let the worries become obsessions. And then we ask ourselves, our parents, our NCT friends, our neighbours. Anyone. Are our kids are reaching all their developmental…

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You don’t own me!

As I was driving home from school a couple of days ago, I heard a new cover of an old song on the radio “You don’t own me” by Grace. The Dirty Dancing aficionados will know (of course) that this is one of the songs from the movie soundtrack, but the song got me thinking……

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The Name Game!

What is in a name? Our names are integral to who we are and often how we are viewed by those around us. Believe me, as a “Carmelita”, I know all about the implications of an unusual name (and don’t even get me started on the problems I have with “Ardren”)! I often wondered why…

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A ‘Moving’ Christmas!

There is so much emotion tied up with moving home. Whether you are buying your first property, moving your family into your “forever” home or moving on after a separation, it is a rare person who manages to go through the process of packing all their worldly goods into a packing crate marked “kitchen –…

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Trick or Treat? Avoiding scary outcomes this Halloween

Halloween is nearly upon us and it got the Raworths’ Family Law team thinking about the aspects of family cases which need not be frightening or scary with the right help. Whilst there is a general fear of lawyers in some circumstances, we are really not scary and can, in many situations, help to ensure…

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Getting Social –Technology and Social Media in a relationship and during separation

Technology and social media have turned our world upside down many studies have been undertaken which have revealed that in some cases it can harm marriages, relationships and families. One recent study found that at least one is seven adults’ contemplated divorce or separation as a result of a spouse or partners use of social…

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So…how was it for you?

As the holidays draw to a close and the prospect of a new school year is imminent, how was the summer break for you? These summer holidays have been the longest that I can remember, a whole seven weeks to entertain, organise and manage the children or patch together childcare – not to mention paying…

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“We’re all going on a summer holiday…….”

The holiday season upon us! You may be counting down the days to that dream holiday in the sun. But wait! If you are separated from your child’s other parent, and they have Parental Responsibility, did you know you should obtain your ex partner’s consent to take the child on any holiday abroad? So what…

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Co-Parenting – Two heads are better than one!

As parents we all want our children to be happy and to enjoy their childhood. It seems like only yesterday they were babies and before you know it they will be flying the nest. So it is all the more important that the few very short years of childhood are as good as they can…

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Can your relationship survive a trip to Ikea?

Carmelita Ardren, Head of  Family Law at Raworths explores the intricacies of a family trip to the Swedish giant! Let’s face it – we’ve all been there haven’t we? Ikea. Saturday afternoon. Arrive, park the car and join the shuffling queue that starts at the entrance and ends at the till. En route you marvel…

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