You need to be married for at least one year before you can apply to court for a divorce. If you are separated but have been married for less than one year please still speak to our divorce solicitor about ways in which you can protect your position.
The law governing the distribution of property and other assets after divorce is a complex and changing area of law. There is no prescribed method for working out how to reach a settlement in these cases.
Rucklidge’s understand that resolving any issues concerning your children or grandchildren are of the utmost importance to you. When and how often a child has contact with their parents or grandparents, where or with whom your child lives, their schooling, religion or name may constitute major issues for you at this time in your life.
The police and the courts do provide protection for those who have suffered abuse. This abuse includes bullying and harassment; physical force is not required before the police or courts will act.
The landmark case Radmacher v Granatino in 2010 saw the courts place more importance on the mutual agreement of parties to regulate their own financial affairs, during and following a breakdown of their marriage.
There is presently no specific law regulating the legal relationship of co-habiting couples; the term ‘common law spouse’ is not a legally recognised term and upon breakdown of their relationship, all too often, parties are left with land and trust law to resolve property issues; usually this is all too little, a little too late.
You need to be in a civil partnership for at least one year before you can apply to court for a dissolution. If you are separated but have been in a civil partnership for less than one year please still speak to our dissolution solicitor about the ways in which you can protect your position.
“Common law spouse is a myth, the laws applying to those married couples or those in a civil partnership do not apply co-habitees”