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Step forward, cohabitants

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This week we’ve seen the law make a significant move towards better recognition of the modern family. The Supreme Court has recognised the right of someone who shared a home and life with a worker to claim a pension after their partner’s death on the same terms as if they had been married. You can click here for the full judgment. The claimant, Denise Brewster, lived with her partner William McMullan for ten years. On Christmas Eve 2009, they became engaged, but tragically William died just two days later. At the time of his death, William had been working for…

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Separating well

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In the early stages of a separation, you can feel like you’re in a vortex: everything is swirling around, uncertain, and it’s difficult to find anything to grab on to and steady yourself. Here are 10 things that our experience has taught us can help. Put children first. If you have children, their needs should be the guiding factor while you are going through the separation. The research is clear: it’s not separation or divorce as such that can harm children, it’s being exposed to conflict. The very best thing you can do is not to argue in front of…

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Domestic abuse and coercive control

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The Crown Prosecution Service has just released details of the first known conviction under new laws relating to domestic abuse that were brought in at the end of last year.   This seems to be a good time for a recap on what the law says about control, abuse and violence in close personal relationships. The new cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is : “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The…

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When and how should I introduce my new partner to my kids?

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One of the most difficult things about separating from a partner is the knowledge that at some point they are likely to start a relationship with someone new. It tends to be equally tough whether it was your decision to break up, or theirs, or a mutual parting. For some people it’s tricky enough to contemplate an ex with a new girlfriend or boyfriend when you’re young, free and childless, but when the relationship that the two of you had together lasted a long time and managed to produce children, there is a whole new set of issues to be…

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