What happens if we have children but are not married?

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A couple who live together without being married are cohabiting. There are legal provisions in place for the children of cohabiting couples, but without the legal framework of marriage there are no protections for the couple themselves. This means that someone who is cohabiting could be left in financial difficulties if a relationship breaks down. […]

5 tips for first-time buyers

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Buying your first home is exciting, but it can also be daunting. We look at 5 points you can deal with before you start your search. There are lots of things to consider when buying a home and it can seem overwhelming the first time you go through the process. If you take the time […]

How is the money sorted out when getting divorced?

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When you divorce, your financial affairs need to be dealt with as a separate process. If you cannot come to an agreement with your ex, then you can ask a judge to settle the matter. This involves making a financial application to the court. Even if you do both agree on financial provision, the court […]

Helping your children cope with divorce or separation

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For many parents, the hardest part of the divorce process is the effect it has on their children. We look at how you can help them come to terms with a new situation. In 2012 the Office for National Statistics estimated that 42 percent of marriages would end in divorce. With children affected by many […]

Can I draft my own Will?

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It is perfectly legal to draw up your own Will, but unfortunately it is not an easy process. Errors can have far-reaching effects, resulting in family estrangements and lengthy and expensive legal battles. A Will has to be drafted and executed in a specific way in order to be legally valid. It can be difficult […]

Best areas of the UK for affordable upsizing

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A new study by property finance specialists, One77 Mortgages, has identified the places where moving to a bigger home has the smallest cost. The survey looked at Land Registry data to analyse the price increase from a flat to a terraced house, a semi-detached property and a detached home respectively. Moving from a flat to […]

Why you need a will and how to start one

What are the benefits of having a will? A will settles future arguments Bereavement is a stressful time for people and when it comes to what to do with your effects, you will want to reduce the number of decisions that your beneficiaries would need to make. If you know that certain items, such as […]

The Governments NewBuy or Help to Buy scheme

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What is it? The NewBuy Guarantee scheme aims to help buyers who have a deposit of at least 5% to buy a new-build home. This is a smaller deposit than is normally required. This Help to Buy scheme comes in two parts: The first part which is a Help to Buy Equity Loan, available now, […]

Woman wins right to remain in former partner’s home

On May 3rd 2013, Pauline Greaves won the right to remain in her deceased partner’s home (Leslie Stolkin) despite a legal challenge from his son. The case involved Leslie Stolkin, a wealthy property developer, and Pauline Greaves, who were not married but had lived together for 12 years. Leslie died in September 2009 after having […]