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Valuing a private company or family business in a divorce settlement

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Running your own business can be the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, but it also brings stresses and strains which sometimes contribute to relationship breakdown. It certainly adds complexity when trying to agree a financial settlement after divorce. ...

​Can we finalise our divorce before the house is sold?

Deborah Nicholson
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For the majority of people, their most significant asset is the family home.  So, it is not surprising that when it comes to dealing with the financial consequences surrounding divorce, questions about what will happen to the matrimonial home are...

When a spouse or partner is abusive during lockdown

Deborah Nicholson
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Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic changes to all of our lives, including our family life.  During the lockdown we are all forced to isolate in our homes, and for some this forced time together and the disruption to our normal...

When your partner owns the property and you pay the bills - what rights do you have to your home if you separate?

Deborah Nicholson
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If your partner owned their home when you moved in together, then it is not uncommon to agree to pay all or most of the bills as a way of sharing living costs without the hassle of changing the mortgage paperwork or the legal title. When a relationship has...

Let's be clear about Common Law marriage

Deborah Nicholson
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Millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights if the relationship breaks down. Despite what many believe – and around one in four people living together think they have the same legal protection as married couples...