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What You Need You Need to Know about the Government’s Proposed Domestic Violence Bill

Stop Abuse

While the Government’s plans for Brexit was the focus of most of the attention following the bills proposed in the Queen’s Speech, what gained less publicity were the proposed laws intended to support and protect victims of domestic violence and abuse, both from the perpetrators of this abuse and within the justice system itself. At… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Ten facts about the divorce process

Divorce on card

If you are considering separating from your husband or wife there may be a number of questions that you require answers to and this blog aims to address some of the most common queries. Who can instigate divorce proceedings? Anyone who has been married for a year or more can start divorce proceedings so long… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How to approach divorce to keep the peace?

Dictionary definition of divorce

Client’s often ask what they can do to keep the peace during their divorce, particularly if their spouse does not really want the marriage to come to an end. Here are some top tips of what may help you through your separation… Separation – Ensure you understand the separation options available to you. Divorce is… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Why should I bother with Mediation when I can just apply for a Court Order?

pen writes mediation on paper.

This is a question I am commonly asked by clients as a Solicitor. Being a Mediator as well, I am conscious that Mediation can offer separating couples a platform to ‘iron out’ their differences in a straight forward and direct way, with the assistance of an independent third party (the Mediator).  There is no need… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Do you know your parental “rights”?

parents arguing

What is Parental Responsibility? Parental Responsibility is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority by law which a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property”. Who has Parental Responsibility? A mother automatically has parental responsibility for a child. If a father is married or has been… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

What “rights” do I have as a grandparent in relation to spending time with my grandchildren?

Grandparents In Park With Granddaughter

It is recognised by the Courts in England and Wales that Grandparents play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren and that this can be at risk when families separate. Unfortunately, under the laws of England and Wales, Grandparents do not have automatic rights to spend time with their grandchildren and unless an… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Ilott v Mitson: the Supreme Court decision – what does this mean for claims by adult children under the Inheritance Act 1975?

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Now that the Supreme Court have handed down their judgment on this case, and the matter has been reviewed by many contentious probate practitioners, we can look at what the judgment says and what effect it will have for other adult childen who wish to make a claim against their parent’s Estate. The case of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Parental Alienation – A Hot Topic.

Dad and Child

Parental Alienation has been in the headlines recently following the Chief Executive of CAFCASS, Anthony Douglas warning against the dangers of behaviour known as “parental alienation”. – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/12/divorced-parents-pit-children-against-former-partners-guilty/ . The topic has also been debated recently in Parliament – https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-03-15/debates/1920253C-C972-40A3-9A63-714220EDE50D/ParentalAlienation “Parental Alienation Syndrome” is not recognised by the World Health Organisation and it is not… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How Will Brexit Affect Divorce In The UK?

EU

Brexit is often termed the UK’s divorce from the European Union, but with Article 50 due to be triggered this week, a Report just released by the House of Commons Justice Committee has highlighted that some of our own divorce laws may be affected upon leaving the EU. It has called upon the Government to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Maternity claims

Justice

We all make mistakes (of varying degrees of severity) because we are only human – but when we do, we can learn something from it, if we allow ourselves the opportunity to reflect on why the mistake was made and how we can do better next time. Organisations are also adopting the same learning culture… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)