新闻 / What are the legal implications surrounding surrogacy?
In recent years, surrogacy has become more prominent, openly talked about and accepted as an opportunity for different family structures to be able to have a child of their own.
新闻 / Dan Crockford appointed as Head of Office for Ince (Bristol)
23-06-2022 / 保险
We are delighted to announce that Dan Crockford has recently been appointed as Head of Office for Ince (Bristol).
新闻 / Adoption and surrogacy – What HR needs to know
Adoption and surrogacy rates in the UK are on the rise – in the year ending March 2020, there were 3,440 adoptions and 413 parental orders following a surrogacy arrangement. Employers and HR, usually equipped with the knowledge and experience to deal with issues around biological maternity and paternity leave and pay, are now increasingly required to know the statutory rights of adoptive parents, surrogate women and intended parents. This includes their respective entitlement to take leave from work, their pay arrangements, and providing wider support through this life-changing time in their lives.
新闻 / Valentine's Day - your legal rights when taking the next step in your relationship
Each year, on 14 February millions of people across the world mark the day by sending cards and gifts to their partners to show their love and affection. With many considering this to be the most romantic day of the year, it may seem an appropriate time to embark on the next step of your relationship. This could mean couples deciding to move in together, or it sometimes provide an opportunity for a marriage proposal. These are very exciting times for couples, when careful consideration of the legal consequence of taking that next step are no doubt far from the happy couple’s minds.
新闻 / Supporting your children through your divorce
新闻 / How to achieve an amicable divorce
The beginning of the year always brings enquiries in relation to relationship breakdowns. The end of the old year is often a period of reflection and the New Year an opportunity for change.
新闻 / How to achieve an amicable divorce – an outline
17-01-2022 / 私人财富
At the beginning of the year, we always see a surge of relationship breakdown enquiries, as couples reflect at the end of an old year and the new year brings an opportunity for change.
新闻 / Divorce myths: debunked
Over the years, our clients have shared some weird and wonderful myths about divorce and separation. Rebecca Aston-Jones from our Family team dispels some common myths and clarifies with the law.
新闻 / ‘Death in Paradise’: debunking adoption and inheritance rights myths in Christmas special
Many viewers will have tuned in to watch the BBC’s Death in Paradise Christmas special. During the episode, a wealthy shipping magnate was found dead at a Christmas party, and as the story progressed, the culprit was confronted and the mystery behind the victim’s death was revealed.
洞察力 / Family Matters podcast series
Welcome to Family Matters, the podcast series which explores the different areas of family law.
新闻 / Supporting employee mental health and wellbeing in the workplace during a relationship breakdown
One in four people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime. This can have a significant impact on a person’s life, including their wellbeing and performance in the workplace. In this article, Susan J Williams, Partner and Head of Family (Cardiff), explores the significant impact mental health can have on relationships, and its role as a cause and consequence of a relationship breakdown.
新闻 / Divorce now or await the change in the law?
There has been much publicity about the long awaited change in the law brought about by the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. This Act becomes effective on April 29 next year and will enable proceedings ending the legal relationship to begin, without waiting for a minimum of two years following separation, or in the absence of separation, apportioning blame to the other party by providing details of the individual’s unreasonable behaviour or adultery.
新闻 / Married, separated or divorced: how does your marital status affect your tax treatment?
The tax implications arising out of a divorce, separation, or even marriage could be diverse and unforeseen. Although tax implications may not be your first priority upon separation, it is always wise to seek advice early on in the process, and be aware of possible tax liabilities depending on the outcome of the proceedings.
洞察力 / Men's Health Week: A focus on domestic abuse
There is a lot of press, almost on a daily basis, on the domestic abuse of women. However, there needs to be an understanding and realisation that men are not always the perpetrators, but instead can be the victims of domestic abuse.
洞察力 / No fault divorce – possible from Spring 2022
From the 6 April 2022, married couples, including those entered into civil partnerships, will be able to divorce without blaming one party or adhering to the current separation period requirements.
洞察力 / Safeguarding your family home with a Life Interest Trust
When the need for care arises, many couples are concerned about funding long-term care and having to sell their property to meet care home fees. Individuals with a capital of more than £23,250 are expected to fund their own care with no contribution from the Local Authorities.
新闻 / To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: What happens if parents cannot agree on the vaccination of their children against Covid-19?
In the last week, it has been widely reported that the USA has authorised the use of a Covid-19 vaccine to be administered to children over 12 years of age. Although the UK is currently assessing the data, it is anticipated that they will also approve the use of a Covid-19 vaccine for children. The question that then arises is what happens if parents cannot agree on whether their child should be given a Covid-19 vaccine.
洞察力 / The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 - could this be a turning point for violence against women?
On 29 April 2021, after years of parliamentary consideration, the Domestic Abuse Bill finally became law, representing a long-awaited change to our legislation.
洞察力 / Divorce, relocation and Covid-19
Since March 2020, many articles have reported on the perceived increase in divorce rates during the Covid pandemic. Only time will tell if this proves to be correct and if the record-breaking 2019 figure of 108,421 divorces for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples in the UK is surpassed.
新闻 / Providing HR support for employees with relationship difficulties: a family law perspective
When a relationship comes to an end - whether a couple is going through divorce proceedings or ending a period of co-habitation - it is well recognised that this can have a huge impact on a member of staff’s work life.
洞察力 / Ince Bristol's Private Client team expansion with new solicitor and trainee legal executive appointed
Thriving international law firm Ince adds to its Bristol Private Client team with the appointment of a new associate solicitor and trainee legal executive.
新闻 / Ince develops Private Wealth advisory practice with appointment of new Head
Ince is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Rucker as Partner and Head of its Private Wealth advisory practice.
新闻 / Insight into family issues for expats living in Dubai
At the heart of the UAE, Dubai is a vibrant country, which offers amazing work opportunities for lots of British people looking to enhance their career, to work in a unique and exciting country, and to experience a different culture and meet with people from all over the world.
洞察力 / What is a “bad divorce”? Things to avoid and look out for
From the 30 November to 4 December 2020, Resolution is running its annual “Good Divorce Week” campaign. In conjunction with their campaign, Resolution have produced a “tool kit” for professionals working in family law to consider when dealing with a divorcing couple to enable the process to be dealt with in a way that reduces conflict.
洞察力 / How to have a "good divorce" - top tips for couples and professionals
Recent data from The Office of National Statistics showed that during 2019, there was an increase in the number of divorces for both heterosexual and same-sex couples. In fact, it is the largest increase in divorce rates in the last five years.
新闻 / Relationships in 'Lockdown: Part Two'
On the 29 October 2020, The Times ran an article titled “Can your relationship survive the second wave”. As Wales comes out of a “Firebreak” lockdown on 9 November 2020, and England starts a month-long lockdown from 5 November 2020 - this is a very timely question to ask.
洞察力 / Preventing a domestic violence pandemic
Since March, we have all had to adjust to the new reality in the face of Coronavirus. Now with the second national lockdown on the horizon in England, a ‘fire breaker’ lockdown underway in Wales and tiered restrictions being imposed in Scotland, we will all again retreat to our homes in order to protect ourselves, the vulnerable and our NHS.
洞察力 / Sending my child to school… The dilemma for parents co-parenting during Covid-19
As children attend school for the autumn term, for the first time since March 2020, schools across the UK are adopting measures to try and reduce the spread of coronavirus whilst allowing the return of all children to the school environment.
洞察力 / The portrayal of a marital affair in a BBC drama: A family lawyer's perspective
BBC’s latest drama, ‘7:39’, covers an extra marital affair between two London commuters played by David Morrissey and Sheridan Smith, and without giving any spoilers, the consequences of this on any existing families and relationships.
洞察力 / Family law Q&A surrounding coronavirus
Rebecca Aston-Jones, Senior Associate at Ince Metcalfes, answers some of the most frequently asked family law questions raised by her clients in these uncertain times and is interviewed about her experiences in the short video below.
洞察力 / What is a "no-fault" divorce?
The Bill which proposes to introduce “no-fault” divorces in England and Wales was backed by MPs earlier this week and it is possible that it will receive Royal assent within the next week.
洞察力 / Covid-19 and the implications regarding Childcare Arrangements
In recent weeks family practitioners have had to deal with scenarios and situations which we hadn’t previously envisaged or had to consider. One parent stuck in lockdown on their own in one part of the country and the other with the children miles away, and grandparents and grandchildren not being able to see one another and share that special bond that exists. These are a few examples of the difficulties which separating families are having to endure.
新闻 / Covid-19 and Financial Settlements – The consequences are known to be extreme
We are living in the most unprecedented times. The world has been turned upside down, global stock markets have taken an incredible hit, many have found themselves either unemployed or on reduced salaries or with assets which as Richard Branson has told us have significantly reduced in value. All this is without a foreseeable end in sight.
新闻 / Q&A: Why should you consider a co-habitation agreement?
According to a statistic from STEP, more than three million couples in the UK choose to co-habit, rather than marry or enter a civil partnership. However, unmarried couples who live together have far fewer legal rights than couples who are married or in civil partnerships. The concept of the ‘common law’ spouse is just a myth and not recognised in the law. As a result, co-habiting couples who are in the process of separating cannot access the financial orders as separating spouse.
洞察力 / Child contact arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak
The ongoing difficulties and concerns following the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic have been constantly presenting themselves over the last few months.
洞察力 / Six tips for working at home with your partner during the coronavirus outbreak
In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the virus presents all of us with a number of challenges beyond the security of our health and wellbeing.
新闻 / Managing Child Arrangements Amid COVID-19
We are now having to face challenges nationally and globally which we never expected, and we are having to adapt very quickly to the significant impact of COVID-19 upon our daily lives. In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, it is normal to have worries about how to manage your household and your family arrangements, to abide by the government guidance whilst maintaining some degree of normality. As Cafcass (Court Welfare Advisory Service) have advised, in this climate of uncertainty it has never been more important to instill a sense of routine and normality for children in order to make them feel safe and secure.
新闻 / Domestic Abuse
It has been reported in the media that Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, hosted an event on Wednesday to highlight the invaluable work that the organization 'SafeLives' undertakes to support victims of Domestic Abuse.
洞察力 / The legal implications of “popping the question”
With romance in the air, Valentine’s Day is a popular time for “popping the question”. It is an exciting time filled with celebrations and if this is you, congratulations on your engagement!
新闻 / The history of marriage
It is widely agreed that the origin of marriage dates well before recorded history, but the earliest recorded evidence of marriage ceremonies uniting one woman and one man dates from about 2350 B.C. in the Far East. Over the next several hundred years, marriage evolved into a widespread institution embraced by various cultures.
新闻 / The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, the “evolution” of the legal process
The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill that brings in “no fault” applications to end married and registered civil partnership relationships comes before the House of Commons today for its second reading.
新闻 / Celebrating St Dwynwen’s Day: Then & Now
25th January is St Dwynwen’s Day; which is celebrated in Wales in the same way as St Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, through the exchange of flowers and cards, romantic meals and special time spent by the couple together.
洞察力 / Civil partnerships: an alternative to marriage for all couples
It is estimated that around two thirds of cohabiting couples incorrectly believe they have the same rights as married couples or couples in a civil partnership. New legislation in this area provides all couples with an alternative to marriage to ensure they are granted with stability and legal protection.
洞察力 / Pre-nuptial agreements - not just for the rich and famous
With the wedding season almost upon us, couples are often considering whether to enter into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement. Julian McCarthy, Senior Family Solicitor provides an informative guide to engaged couples wishing to protect their assets prior to getting married.
洞察力 / Demystifying Wills
Many people do not realise the importance of making a Will. Some think it’s self-prophesying and others simply aren’t aware of the impact dying without a Will can have on their family.
洞察力 / Visiting a Family Solicitor for the First Time
It is going to be a daunting experience regardless of attempts to “sugar coat” it.
洞察力 / Meet the lawyer - Kerry Graham, Family Solicitor
Kerry is a senior family solicitor at Ince, a law firm dating back to 1829 which provides legal services for individuals and businesses.
洞察力 / What happens when it’s too late to make a Lasting Power of Attorney?
If a friend or relative is finding it difficult to make decisions about their finances or property, someone may need to be appointed to make these decisions on their behalf. But what happens when it’s too late for them to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney?