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Lancaster: 01524 581 306 

Posts tagged “Marriage”

Solicitors in Lancaster, MG Legal, offer services in the following:- 
According to a recent speech by Andrew Walker QC, the thread that binds the legal process together, the Rule of Law, (The authority and influence of law in society – the main pillar of the Rule of Law being that all members of a society, including the government, police, and any other powers, are considered equally subject to publicly disclosed legal codes and processes), is under threat as a result of cuts being made to legal aid relating to family law and those in need of their nearest solicitors dealing in criminal law. MG Legal’s team of solicitors in Preston, and many other local family law solicitors have noticed that the much of the public are unaware of the cuts, and our solicitors in Lancaster, Lancashire still receive requests for legal aid from clients on a daily basis. 
In many divorce matters, both spouses want matters to be resolved as quickly as possible, and they likely want an outcome of financial matters that suits their situation. However, despite the emotional experience that you may be going through during the divorce, it is important to make the right decisions and to follow the financial process set out by the Court, to ensure that you get the settlement that you are entitled to. 
At the end of June, our Lancaster solicitors team wrote about a Supreme Court Ruling relating to Civil Partnerships and Marriages, whereby a couple, Steinfeld and Keidan, wanted to enter into a Civil Partnership (read our blog, here). 
 
The final ruling made by the Justices was that the appellant’s rights under article 14 and article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights was breached by the continuing legality of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 following the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. 
 
Marriages end for a whole host of reasons, some unsavoury, and some more amicable. However, no matter how friendly you and your spouse want to keep matters, in a society where we are encouraged to deal with legal matters as amicably as ever possible, no fault divorces still DO NOT exist.  
 
Currently there is only one ground for divorce in England and Wales - that the marriage between the two parties has broken down irretrievably. The Petitioner is required to support their petition for divorce with one of five facts. Unfortunately, no matter which ground you choose to base your petition on, the Respondent spouse can choose to defend it and argue that the marriage is not over.  
When you are looking at commencing divorce proceedings, there can be so much conflicting advice forced upon you. Unfortunately, as much as your friends, family, co-workers, etc want to help you, ultimately it may just cause you to be more confused than when you started! So, our Lancaster Solicitors have teamed up to explain what really happens during the divorce process, and what you need to do. 
 
Until the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (MSSCA), same-sex couples only had one option if they wished to formalise their relationship: they could enter into a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA). However, different-sex marriage has been well-established in society in England and Wales for hundreds of years.  
 
Many would argue that before MSSCA was introduced, there was a vast inequality in the law for same-sex couples and their rights. However, as anyone can now enter into a Marriage, it was argued that everyone's rights had reached an equilibrium.  
 
However, for one couple, this was not the case. 
 
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