Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims – has there been a material difference to creditors?
The pre-action protocol for debt claims came into force on 1 October 2017. The pre-action protocol was put in place to try and encourage parties to settle matters early and avoid the need for court proceedings. Whilst there was pre 2017 a pre-action conduct for claims for debt, it was more relaxed and allowed creditors […]
Clean break orders – protecting your finances after divorce
Did you know that a Decree Absolute may not be the end of your financial obligations to your ex-partner? Without a Consent Order, otherwise known as a ‘clean break order’, in place your ex-spouse is able to make a claim over your finances at any time. A Clean Break Order is a mutually agreed financial […]
Opposite-Sex Civil Partnerships
The 31st December 2019 marked the first day that opposite-sex couples could form civil partnerships. The Civil Partnership (Opposite-Sex Couples) Regulations 2019 changed the definition of civil partnership provided in section 1(1) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, so as to remove the words “of the same sex”. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan began their […]
No Fault Divorce
The Government’s Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill proposes changes to the divorce process to remove the concept of fault. Blame Game Currently the law requires that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and this must be proved by reliance on one of the following facts: Adultery Unreasonable behaviour Desertion 2 years separation, to which the […]