Category: Family

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10 Reasons To Use a Solicitor When You Divorce

The Christmas and New Year period are traditionally thought to be a happy time when family and friends reunite, but it can add to the pressures when a marriage is in trouble. Couples who feel their marriage is nearing an end may find themselves putting matters off until the New Year for the benefit of…

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Legislation planned to bring an end to the blame game in divorces

Under the existing legislation, the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, individuals seeking to obtain a divorce have to rely on one of the five available facts to prove that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Two facts that are commonly encountered and relied upon in practice are that of unreasonable behaviour and adultery…

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Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial agreements

A marriage, as much as we all want it to last forever, sometimes it just doesn’t. More couples now are taking the practical approach of preparing for such an unfortunate event by drawing up pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. The nuptial agreements provide clarity, certainty and protection to both parties in relation to their assets and…

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Child Rights For Unmarried Fathers

Parental Responsibility: in England and Wales this is automatically acquired by the father if he is married to the mother of the child, or if he is named as the father on the child’s birth certificate. Parental responsibility is a legal status defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law…

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Can I Get Legal Aid For A Child Arrangements Order Application?

Legal Aid can be available  to pay towards legal costs for advice and representation. There are strict criteria applied to the granting of legal aid There are three main considerations  when the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) assess a legal aid application: Scope: the proceedings must be  within the scope of legal aid, as some legal…

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Forced Marriage Victims Abroad Charged Fee to Return to UK by Foreign Office

An investigation found that 82 victims of forced marriage between 2016 and 2017 had to pay for living costs incurred between making distress calls, returning home and airfare. Other victims received loans from the Foreign Office. In order to receive the loan, victims had to give up passports as a condition- until the debt was…

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Domestic Abuse Best Practice Framework Extended Across England and Wales

Prosecution rates have improved by nearly 10% using techniques developed in pilot projects over the past two years in London, Nottingham and Yorkshire since 2016. The measures set to boost conviction rates will now be adopted nationally by the CPS across England and Wales starting January. The new scheme, known as the domestic abuse best…

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Children Conceived Through Rape and Subjected to Care Proceedings

Rotherham Child Exploitation Scandal Sammy Woodhouse is a survivor of the Rotherham Child Exploitation scandal. Recently she campaigned to the media that Rotherham council, had sought to involve her child’s father. Her child had been conceived by rape. Arshid Hussain was jailed for 35 years in 2016. Arshid Hussain was not on the child’s birth…

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UK Forced Marriage Prosecutions

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 In 2014, legislation was introduced to tackle forced marriage in the UK. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 amended the Forced Marriage Civil Protection Act 2007, and Family Law Act 1996. It became stringent; criminalising those who breach Forced Marriage Protection Orders. Since the new…

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Domestic Abuse: Myths Vs Facts

Common misconceptions surrounding domestic abuse tend to be based on stereotype and myth. Perceptions can be perpetuated by media and society. These myths are unrelated to the reality and extent of domestic abuse, and furthermore harms victims. The myths below tend to blame the victim, rather than holding the perpetrator accountable. This information aims to…