A few weeks ago, the Court of
Appeal ruled that Islamic faith marriages are invalid under English law. We
take a closer look at the case and discuss what this could mean for couples
married in Islamic wedding ceremonies.The background explainedNasreen
Akhter and Mohammed Shabaz Khan married
in an Islamic wedding ceremony in London in 1998. No civil ceremony took place
at any point...
After three extensions, two changes in
prime minister, two general elections, and numerous protests on both sides of
the schism the United Kingdom (UK) has now left the European Union (EU).What has actually happened?At 11.00pm Greenwich Mean Time on 31st January 2020, the UK left the
EU. The UK originally joined the EU in 1973 and is the first (and so far only) full
We’ve all visited a website where a chat bot has popped up and asked us if we have any questions or would like any help making our purchase. In recent years, the customer service chat bot has become commonplace among online retailers. But while many believe that artificial intelligence (AI) may eventually replace lots of low-paid and unskilled jobs like customer service representatives, could...
It’s the sad reality of life that
domestic abuse takes place in homes across the world every day. According to
the Office for National Statistics, an estimated 2.4 million adults in England and Wales
(5.7% of the population) experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March
2019.What constitutes domestic
abuse?Charity Women’s Aid define domestic abuse as, “an incident or pattern of...
There’s no hiding from the fact that getting a divorce can be
tough – both emotionally and financially. Attempting to reach an agreement with
your spouse about everything from how you’ll split your assets to who the
children will live with and how often they will see the other parent can be
difficult.If you’re struggling to agree on child arrangements, could
mediation be the...
For many couples, the idea of entering into a prenuptial or postnuptial
agreement can feel far from romantic. When you’re putting the finishing touches
to your wedding plans or living in wedded bliss, the possibility of divorce is,
understandably, not something you want to think about.Are prenuptial agreements something we should all be talking more
about? Or do they ruin the romance? We...
With the number of cohabiting-couple families continuing to grow faster
than married couple and lone-parent families (an increase of over 25% over the
last decade according to the ONS), it seems that living
with a partner either before, or instead of, marriage, is becoming more and
more popular.What is cohabitation?When a couple live together but are not married, this is known as...
The run-up to Christmas can be one
of the most stressful times of year for divorced or separated parents. With the
festivities only just under a month away, working out the logistics of where
the children are going to spend the holidays can be tough, even for parents who
are on the best of terms. Our advice is that you start thinking about
arrangements now, if you haven’t already done so....
Grayfords’ Practice Manager ‘Highly Commended’ at Excellence Awards CeremonyLast week, the most prestigious annual legal awards ceremony in the country returned to the glittering ballroom of Grosvenor House, Mayfair. The Excellence Awards, beginning in 2006 and hosted by the Law Society, commends and celebrates the hard work and achievements of the best legal teams across England and...
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 extended to same sex
couples the rights, responsibilities and protections that were available
through marriage. At the time same sex
couples were prevented from entering into marriage.The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
subsequently enabled same sex couples to enter into marriage. It also enabled civil partners to convert