OGR Stock Denton appoints leading cohabitation family law specialist

OGR Stock Denton has bolstered its Family law department with the appointment of a new Partner who specialises in cohabitation issues.

Graeme Fraser brings a wealth of experience to OGR Stock Denton, gained over the course of more than two decades specialising in Family law.

The firm hopes his expertise will address the growing social trend of non-traditional family set ups.

As well as his work on cohabitation cases, Graeme has particular expertise in financial settlements relating to divorce, including cases involving complex assets and substantial wealth. Like the other members of the OGR Stock Denton family department he is an accredited specialist of Resolution – the organisation for family law professionals. He is recognised by other family lawyers for his commentary on developments in the law and for his work on developing family law policy on topical issues.

Graeme is chair of Resolution’s Cohabitation Committee, through which he works to improve the legal rights of unmarried parents in England and Wales. He is also the organisation’s national media spokesman on cohabitation matters and is widely published, including as a co-author of Resolution’s Cohabitation Claims (2011) and The Modern Family (2012).

Graeme said: “The firm has recognised the demand for specialist legal advice for cohabitees, who face a variety of distinctive legal challenges as a result of the inadequacy of our existing laws.

“I am delighted to be joining OGR Stock Denton, which is a firm known for its ambition and for doing things a little differently to many other law firms. It has a highly respected family law team and I look forward to being part of it.”

Peter Martin, Head of the Family team, said: “Graeme brings with him an outstanding track record in Family law, especially in an area that is of growing significance but that many lawyers don’t fully understand how to handle.

“His expertise in cohabitation will be welcomed by our clients, with cohabitees being the fastest-growing form of family in England and Wales, but set against a background of widespread misconceptions about the extent of their legal rights. Our Family department is already widely known for providing sensible clear and cost effective advice and Graeme adds a hugely important string to our bow.”

Cohabiting couples have been the fastest growing family type in the UK for a number of years now, growing by almost two million family units in the ten years from 2006 to 2016.

Family law differs between married couples and cohabiting couples, especially in relation to issues involving finances, with the legalities involved in cohabitation separation being far more complex and ambiguous

OGR Stock Denton has a wealth of experience advising on family disputes involving those relating to divorce settlements and children. If you would like further information about our services, please contact Peter Martin or visit our website.

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