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What Rights Do Cohabiting Couples Have?

Date: September 23rd, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman discusses the differences between married couples, civil partnerships and cohabitees. Published in The Times. The government’s Justice Minister, Jonathan Djanogly, recently announced that the Law Commission review of cohabitees’ rights had been scrapped. Whilst the topic of cohabitees’ rights seems to be regularly considered by Parliament, the issue is never actually tackled.  This… Read the full article

Courts Prevent Mother From Taking Children Back To Home Country

Date: September 19th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A recent Court of Appeal ruling prevented a Canadian mother from taking her children back to her home country.  Henry Brookman discusses the case and its possible impact on future cases of this type.  Published in Telegraph Online. It might seem that a parent choosing to take their children to another country after divorce is… Read the full article

Understanding Pre-Partnership Agreements

Date: August 12th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman explains pre-partnership agreements for civil partners. Published in My Gay Money. The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK has increased over recent years. Unfortunately however, this increase has been matched by the number of civil partnership dissolutions.  Recent reports suggest that dissolutions rose by 44% in 2010. This trend underlines… Read the full article

Why You Must Be Careful When Collecting Evidence For Your Divorce.

Date: July 4th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman highlights the pitfalls associated with gathering evidence prior to divorce. Published online in Here Is The City. Divorce is an emotionally charged and often very sad time for both sides. In part, it is the divorce solicitor’s job to guide their client through the divorce process with a calm and astute head so… Read the full article

EU set to make divorce more complicated for transnational couples

Date: April 28th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman identifies some of the potential pitfalls in a recent European Commission proposal. Published in Times Online. The European Commission has recently published a proposal relating to EU-wide rules on property rights for married couples. Unfortunately, the proposal appears not to take into consideration the real and practical situations faced by couples in England… Read the full article

Who has the legal right over jewellery purchased as a ‘gift’?

Date: April 9th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman provides the answer to a Financial Times’ ‘Wealth Question’ regarding who ultimately owns jewellery that has been purchased by a spouse for their partner. A brief history Dating back to before the 1870 Married Women’s Property Act, the presumption was that jewellery purchased by the husband had been lent to the wife “for… Read the full article

International Divorce – What Are The Issues?

Date: March 24th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman explains how different countries’ rules vary regarding divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody and financial matters.  Published in The Telegraph Online. When people go to live in another country they are often preoccupied with matters relating to their employment and their living arrangements. However, what they often do not consider is the extent to… Read the full article

Divorce In England And Wales – Your Questions Answered

Date: February 17th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Julius Brookman provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding divorce in England and Wales. Published in Independent Practitioner. Q1: Is there such thing as a ‘quickie divorce’ It is possible for the divorce process to take between four-and-a-half and six months if there are no assets to split. However, it is the… Read the full article

Prenuptial Agreements – Future Changes In The Law?

Date: January 20th, 2011 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Henry Brookman contributes to an article about potential future changes in the law for prenuptial agreements. Published in The Lawyer. It is now being reported that 43 percent of first marriages end in divorce in the UK, which is the highest level it has ever been. Even though this issue affects many people, successive governments… Read the full article

Could Hong Kong Be The Next Divorce Hotspot?

Date: November 22nd, 2010 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Times reports on a recent divorce judgement in Hong Kong that could see future financial settlements in the jurisdiction divided equally. Until last week, divorce settlements in Hong Kong were typically decided on the basis that the wealthier partner would keep any surplus after the weaker partner’s financial needs had been met. This meant… Read the full article

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