As a follow up to a series of blogs published last year by Oliver Price, we have been keeping up to date with the latest General Data Protection Regulation (679/2016/EU) (GDPR) developments.
Matthew Roberts, a solicitor at Wansbroughs Solicitors in Melksham, discusses child arrangements following a separation. Unfortunately it is not always possible for parents to agree the care arrangements for their children following separation. In those circumstances the Court can be called upon to determine what arrangements are in the best interests of those children. These arrangements can be set out in a Child Arrangements Order specifying, amongst other things, with whom the child is to live and spend time with.
This month, a Supreme Court ruling means that civil partnerships will now be available to heterosexual as well as homosexual couples. But it’s not just couples who are after this alternative to marriage; Catherine and Ginda Utley, sisters who live together, have recently made headlines when calling out for civil partnerships to be made available to siblings too.
In August 2018 Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died without leaving a Will. Her four sons are now undertaking the necessary steps to request that their mother’s $80 million estate be divided equally between them. Their lives could have been made simpler, and Aretha’s specific wishes followed, if she had left a valid Will.
Do you have a life policy or pension, either of which might pay out a lump sum to your surviving spouse on your death? If so, depending on the size of the joint estate, you may wish to consider ways of sheltering the lump sum from the survivor’s estate so it does not suffer the 40% inheritance tax (IHT) on their death.
Divorce is often the focus of separating couples following marital breakdown. It is a far from perfect process which takes many months to conclude. It is therefore understandable that many couples are eager to move on with their lives following the award of Decree Absolute, the final stage of the divorce process which will finalise their legal separation. This has however led to a significant number of divorcing couples never addressing the potential financial claims that follow divorce.