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Talking Works - January 2019

January 2019 - Issue 6

I wish you a very warm welcome to our January 2019 edition of Talking Works.  In this issue we look at the recent legislative changes regarding heterosexual civil partners – what is a heterosexual civil partnership and how does it differ from a marriage? 

My family law colleague Matthew Clemence considers the current law regarding cohabitation, and my corporate colleague Daniel Billson considers the benefits of partnership agreements. 

I am grateful to our guest contributors, Susie Law of Fiducia Wealth and Lucy Carrow of Lambert Chapman, who respectively consider pensions and capital gains tax in relationship breakdowns.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Georgina Rayment
Head of Family Team

Contents

Hetrosexual Civil Partnerships

You may have seen in the media towards the end of 2018 that Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan won their legal bid for the right to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage.  They successfully argued that the Civil Partnership Act 2004, ... Read more

Cohabitation Disputes

With more than 50% of couples aged between 18 and 44 now cohabiting rather than marrying, the law dealing with cohabitation disputes is growing.  This especially given that most cohabitees will not have a formal agreement in place which clearly sets out how ... Read more

Partnership Agreements

Many couples owning and running a business together do not see the need for formal documentation, but what happens if the relationship ends and a commercial dispute arises?  A partnership is defined under the Partnership Act 1890 (Act) as “the relation which exists ... Read more

Pensions in divorce

A pension could well be the biggest single asset in the relationship What is likely to be a divorcing couple’s most valuable asset? The family home will spring to most people’s minds first. But the value of a pension could well be the biggest single ... Read more

Capital Gains Tax and separation

Thinking of Taking a Break? Moving Out? Separating? THINK CAREFULLY There are special rules for separating couples in relation to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for the marital home and these have also been impacted by the 2018 Budget. When separating, individuals have until the end of ... Read more

Georgina Rayment

Partner, Head of Family Law and Mediator

e grayment@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298344

Georgie Hall

Partner, Head of Private Client, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator

e ghall@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298233

Matthew Clemence

Senior Associate, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator

e mclemence@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298337

Victoria Mayhew

Associate and Mediator

e vmayhew@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298350

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