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Common law myths – Your rights as an unmarried couple

In today’s society, it’s increasingly common for couples to live together as ‘common law’ spouses or co-habitees rather than getting married. The danger of this is that many co-habitees believe they have the same protection as a common law husband or wife, which simply isn’t true. In reality, you have very little protection as an unmarried couple should the relationship end or if one of you dies. What are your rights if you break up? If your relationship ends, an unmarried partner who has stayed home to care for children…

Child Maintenance – A system for the better?

A new Child Maintenance system came into force on 30 june 2014 according to a Press Release from the Department of Work and Pensions of the same date. The Child Support Agency (CSA) will be closing its cases over the next 3 years and those parties will have the option of agreeing maintenance between themselves or using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). There will also be a new fees for those parties wishing to use the CMS as follows: A one-off application fee of £20.00. This fee is not payable…

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