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Category Archives: Family Law

Mental and physical abuse from your husband, what can you do?

Mental and physical abuse from your husband, what can you do? Domestic abuse is not just physical. It has a broad definition. It includes emotional abuse, threats, controlling and coercive behaviour and financial abuse. Any form of abuse is a crime. The law has strict measures in place to protect victims of domestic abuse. A…
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2 Things to consider taking children abroad post separation

2 Things to consider taking children abroad post separation  If you are planning to take your children abroad this summer without the child’s other parent, you should be aware of any potential problems. 1.       Consent Everyone with parental responsibility must be aware and give consent to the child travelling abroad. If you do not do…
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What impact does domestic abuse have on a child?

What impact does domestic abuse have on a child? This is often a question asked by victims of domestic abuse. Sometimes is it hard as a parent to put yourself first? So you look to the children you wish to protect. You try to see the damage that is being done to them. It’s natural…
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Is there a rise in prenups?

Is there a rise in prenups? | Family Law Legal Advice There are no real statistics in the UK relating to numbers of prenups, but they are on the rise. Over the pond, in the US, the New York Times reports that prenups are on the rise among Millennials. And we know we often follow…
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Nearly a year to get a divorce

Ministry of Justice statistics reveal on average it takes nearly a year to get a divorce. This is despite the introduction of online applications and more centralised working. It is taking 26.7 weeks for couples to be granted a decree nisi. Then a further 24.6 weeks to reach decree absolute to finalise the divorce. That…
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Divorce law needs ‘urgent change’ in light of Owens vs Owens

Divorce law needs ‘urgent change’ in light of Owens vs Owens With the rare ruling in the divorce of Owens vs Owens, Samantha Lee provides her opinion on the case: “There has been so much incorrect reporting of this case. The Supreme Court had to apply the law as it currently stands. Mrs Owens started…
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How can I help someone going through domestic violence?

How can I help someone going through domestic violence? You know someone going through domestic violence or abuse? Feel helpless? Don’t know what to do? It can be hard to know what is the right thing to do. Your gut instinct is to protect your friend or loved one. BUT, intervening can be dangerous for…
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Representing yourself in family proceedings

Representing yourself in family proceedings The most recent Family Court statistics released in March 2018 show that 37% of all parties involved in cases before the court were unrepresented; the highest number ever. It takes Solicitors a minimum of 6 years to qualify and the first time attending court, even after years of training, is…
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Are you enjoying the world cup?

Are you enjoying the world cup? Excitement is mounting as England start their world cup journey. Our television channels, radio and newspapers are full of discussions about whether England can go all the way this year or if there will be disappointment when we crash out in the early stages. There is however a large…
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Common Divorce Myths

If you are contemplating divorce, it may surprise you to realise that some decisions you are making are based on misconceptions. MYTH: I’m entitled to half of my husband’s/wife’s assets. The split of assets depends on a variety of factors. These include: Length of the marriage The ages of the married couple The earning capacities…
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