I have recently got married and now have two step-children from my husband’s former marriage. I have formed a close bond with them and want to officially adopt t... read more

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Adoption is a lengthy process and, importantly, involves obtaining the consent of the child’s parents (in this case the mother) before adoption ca... read more

Since my divorce, I have had to apply for state benefits. Does this mean I have to use the CSA to get money out of my ex?

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The CSA makes the distinction between parents with care who are receiving benefits, and parents with care who do not. If you are receiving a stat... read more

My 7-year old granddaughter has been taken into care and I’ve heard that a children’s guardian has been appointed. However, I’ve been named as her guardian in he... read more

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A Children’s Guardian (CG) is not the same as the legal guardian who will look after a child on someone’s death. The CG is an independent person ... read more

My ex-partner and I have two children and we are arguing on fundamental aspects of our children’s upbringing. A friend suggested I could apply to the court for a... read more

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There isn’t a legal definition of ‘parental responsibility’ but it relates to the duties, obligations and rights in relation to children. Your ex... read more

My husband and I have split up but we don’t want to drag ourselves through the court. We’ve heard of a new procedure called Collaborative Law. What is this and ... read more

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Collaborative Law is quite a new process which is used to sort out family disputes away from the courts. Basically, you would each appoint your o... read more

My partner and I are getting married next year. I have a successful business and have put a huge amount of my own capital into it. But I’m concerned I could los... read more

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Yes, but you must both take independent legal advice and you must be aware that they are not yet legally enforceable in the courts. However, if y... read more

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