Child maintenance fiasco – why a name change fails to resolve underlying problem

  By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers The fact that the UK has a backlog of almost £3 billion in uncollected child maintenance payments has been compounded by the news that only a fraction of these arrears will reach … Continue reading

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MPs acknowledge changes in family law are overdue in Commons Lobby Day campaign

Our founder, Peter Jones, has called on Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn and Leeds East MP Richard Burgon – the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor – to introduce far-reaching changes to family law. The call … Continue reading

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Our role in nationwide campaign to change family law features on BBC radio

Jones Myers founder, Peter Jones, has highlighted the significance of a far-reaching campaign calling for no fault divorce law and improved rights for cohabiting couples to thousands of listeners on BBC Radio Leeds. Appearing on ‘Legal Monday’ with popular presenter … Continue reading

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Key steps for cohabiting couples to protect their financial interests

The number of cohabiting couples in the UK has doubled to more than six million over the past 20 years – with newly released ONS figures highlighting that 1 in 8 adults in England and Wales are unmarried and living … Continue reading

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Why failing to make a will spells doom for cohabiting couples

More than one million cohabiting couples will inherit nothing if their partner dies without a will and has dependent children. This stark warning from The Law Society serves as timely reminder of the vulnerability of the 5.9 million couples who … Continue reading

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Revving up for pre-nups – but will they stall on the legal journey?

Following our blog on DIY pre-marital arrangements, so called ‘pre-nups’ have again hit the headlines with some media reporting that they will be enshrined in law. However, is it really ‘green for go’ for pre-nups?

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Cohabitation is on the rise – but why don’t couples know their rights?

Blog by Peter Jones It’s very encouraging to hear that the government is taking the advice of leading think tank The Marriage Foundation to look at ways of keeping families together, particularly as cohabiting heterosexual couples with dependent children account … Continue reading

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Information campaign vital as millions in public funding for mediation lies unspent

The announcement that mediation centres aimed at helping couples to separate without the trauma of going to court are under threat – while the best part of £25 million in public funding to help such couples lies untouched – requires … Continue reading

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Another small step in the right direction for cohabiting couples

We applaud the news that the Joint Committee on Human Rights is urging the Government to extend the same rights to heterosexual couples to enter civil partnerships as has been afforded only to same sex couples. Here at Jones Myers … Continue reading

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Considering cohabitation? Ten key questions to ask yourself

As statistics highlight that cohabitation has soared to a record 6 million people in the UK, many couples planning to live together are unaware that they have few legal rights if the relationship turns sour. Contrary to perception that ‘common … Continue reading

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