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It’s the hit show that everyone is binging while being locked down for so long. MAFS Australia has certainly done its bit to reduce the Covid boredom and keep people inside, but while the show itself exerts all the glamour and drama of show business, there is plenty of legal work that goes on behind the scenes unnoticed. While everyone loves a good wedding, we all know that sadly divorces are just as regular.

Each participant will be wary of the legalities before going on the show, or at least they should be if they soon find themselves looking for a way out.

Here we take a look at those aspects of marrying at first sight, and what options are available to couples after the cameras switch off and reality hits hard. More...

Since the coronavirus pandemic’s first lockdown in March 2020, there has been disappointment for many betrothed couples who have had to postpone and rearrange their weddings on multiple occasions. Some have gone ahead, where possible, but restrictions have forced them to dramatically change their original plans.

With both the marriage act and the Government’s decisions forcing big changes to weddings in 2020 – with some only allowed 15 guests – many people are now pondering whether the marriage act is still fit for purpose.

For example, to be legal, wedding ceremonies must be held in a registered venue and strict restrictions mean you cannot get married outdoors – limiting numbers for a covid wedding. Adding a further complication, you must give notice of intent to marry in person. You cannot contact a registrar via phone, post or email – something which has not been possible for many throughout lockdown.

Marriage reform is now being proposed, as a result. More...

Last month, Sheffield Heeley MP, Louise Haigh, introduced a new bill to parliament which calls upon the government and courts of law to improve the safety of women and children.

If passed, the proposed Parental Rights (Rapists) and Family Courts Bill will stop fathers of children conceived through rape from being able to obtain custody. It could see further restrictions made upon male domestic abusers. More...

However long you have been married, sometimes a relationship simply doesn’t work anymore, and divorce becomes a very real option. However, after decades together, it can be scary to go it alone.

Here our divorce solicitors discuss marriage statistics, such as the percentage of divorces after 30 years of marriage and provide tips on how to handle a separation after so long as a couple. More...

The UK government is currently consulting on changes to the way couples divorce in England and Wales following a proposal to introduce ‘no-fault divorces’. This has resulted in a few people asking whether they should delay their divorce proceedings until a verdict is found.

Here I explain what has been proposed, what this means for the law, and what Howells Solicitors recommends you doing in this situation. More...

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