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Category Archives: Family Law

Most common Grounds for Divorce – ‘we’re not surprised’

The most common grounds for divorce is unreasonable behaviour. Samantha Lee explains why she is not surprised: “There is no such thing as no fault divorce. There has been talk of bringing in no fault divorce for many years, a move which we support. But as yet it remains the same. To get a divorce,…
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Want free family law advice?

You need family law advice. Don’t know where to start or who to talk to? Would it helpful to have free family law advice? From an expert lawyer? Yes – but you don’t have time to call someone? Don’t want to talk over the phone? Would it be helpful if that free family law advice…
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Unmarried couples – Three Things you must do

Unmarried couples have little legal protection. There is no such thing as common law wife or husband. We often hear people say, “We’ve been living together for ages and have children together, so I am protected by law.” That is a dangerous assumption to make. In a previous post, Samantha Lee, Director and Head of Family…
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Childcare: Parental Responsibility Order for former same sex partner

A High Court Judge has granted a parental responsibility order for the former same sex partner in the relationship. The couple were in a same sex relationship when the birth mother became pregnant through intrauterine insemination. The couple were together for the first three years of the child’s life. During the first two years following…
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Theresa May to oversee new domestic abuse law

The government has said that the Prime Minister will directly oversee the creation of new domestic abuse law in England and Wales. It said that the current law lacks clarity and it is unacceptable that some areas worked harder than others in tackling domestic abuse. The aim of the new act would be to address…
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Domestic abuse victims left waiting for compensation

Government statistics have revealed that domestic abuse victims are left waiting for nearly 2 years to receive compensation for their suffering. Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that it took an average of 612 days (approximately 20 months) for victims of domestic abuse to receive compensation payouts from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).…
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Call for divorce law reforms: Owens v Owens

Divorce law experts are predicting that divorce law reforms will be called for following the unusual case of Owens v Owens. Mr and Mrs Owens were in the Court of Appeal the week of the 13th February 2017 and their case highlights the rigidness of the antiquated divorce laws. A family court ruled last year…
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Ban GP fees for domestic violence letters

Calls are being made for Jeremy Hunt to ban GPs from charging domestic violence victims up to £175 for a medical letter as proof. A letter signed by 16 Police and Crime Commissioners informs Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, that some GPs are charging fees for letters that allows victims of domestic violence to access legal…
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Win for rights of unmarried couples

The Supreme Court decision on rights of unmarried couples could pave way for more legal protection. Denise Brewster, from Northern Ireland, was refused payments from her former partner’s pension when he died. They were together for 10 years and became engaged on Christmas Eve of 2009. But, he died unexpectedly on Boxing Day morning. On…
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Unsafe to talk, still contact the police and do this

What do you do if you need to contact the police but it is unsafe for you to talk? Police have released a reminder to advise people what to do if you find that youdial 999 but cannot let the operator know that you need help. Silent Solutions is a protocol which decides whether to…
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