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Pensions are often seen as a bit of a mystery, with many people not realising their true value, but in reality, your pension is probably one of your most valuable assets. It is usually the second largest asset in the marriage after the matrimonial home. During a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership, the value of your pension assets will have to be taken into account as part of the financial settlement process.
A Terrible consequence of the social distancing measures introduced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has been a rise in the number of cases of domestic violence and abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and a 150% increase in visits to their website since the current situation began (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52157620). With the lockdown continuing for the foreseeable future, we sadly expect the number of domestic abuse cases to continue to grow during this time.
Boris Johnson has announced what is, effectively, a three week lockdown of the UK; banning people from leaving their homes or meeting in groups of more than two people to ensure that social distancing measures are enforced, and the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is kept to a minimum.
Does common law marriage exist? The short answer is “no”, however, almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married.
Award winning law firm Banner Jones has further strengthened its Family Law division with the appointment of senior solicitor Shetal Gudgeon and the promotion of Kelly Parks to Director, who takes on the role of Head of Family Law.