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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…

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Forced Marriage Recognised as Modern Slavery: Changes in Policy?

NGO Charities warn that thousands of victims across the UK live in conditions matching modern slavery. Under the freedom of information act, figures collected by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation revealed 3,546 reports between 2014 and 2016. In 2017, another NGO charity, Karma Nirvana took approximately 9,000 calls on the forced marriage helpline,…

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What Does The Law Say About Leaving Kids Home Alone During Summer Holidays?

By Law, are parents allowed to leave kids home alone during the holidays? The six week summer holiday has rolled around for our children once again. For many families this is a carefree joyous period, no different than any other part of the year. Whilst for others, this time will be difficult to manage. Juggling…

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Legal Aid in Family Law Cases

In the past, Legal Aid was available for all types of family law matters. This changed in 2013, when new rules were introduced. We often receive enquiries which ask if Legal Aid can be obtained for a particular issue, and so here Gillian Colquhoun, a Solicitor in our Family Legal Aid department, takes a look…

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Treated with Contempt: A Warning from the Family Court

A recent case which has seen an 83 year old man sent to prison for contempt of court offers a stark warning to litigants who may be tempted to treat proceedings less seriously than they ought. John Hart had been ordered to transfer his shares in a property development company to his ex-wife. Though he…

Divorve Solicitors in Leeds

Divorce and Dissolution: Ways to an End

The terms “divorce” and “dissolution” are often used interchangeably. No matter what the semantics, the end result is that the marriage or civil partnership comes to an end. In order to obtain a divorce or dissolution, you must have been married or in the civil partnership for at least 12 months before the issue of…

Divorve Solicitors in Leeds

The Myth of the ‘Quickie Divorce’

The press love to reference a “quickie divorce,” usually when writing about the latest celebrity marriage to come to an end. Often, the reporting gives a misleading impression – that by virtue of your fame, the path to a divorce is faster and smoother. Here, I look at why this is inaccurate and how effectively…

Immediate Changes to Legal Aid rules for victims of Domestic Abuse

Immediate Changes to Legal Aid rules for victims of Domestic Abuse

There is welcome news this week with significant amendments to the rules governing Legal Aid in family cases, which in the words of the Vice President of the Law Society ‘make it easier for victims to qualify for legal aid and access essential help and support.’ Tim Burt is a Solicitor in our Family law…

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From Cohabitation to Pre-Nups: Legal Considerations Pre-Marriage

For 21st century couples, it’s not just hearts and flowers. They may take a pragmatic approach, considering ways to legally safeguard their positions in a way that their parents’ generation would not. Cohabitation Agreement A Cohabitation Agreement formalises financial arrangements when couples aren’t married and merely choose to live together. It protects assets and how…