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Category Archives: Family Law

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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Changing how we think about domestic abuse

We need to change how society thinks about domestic abuse. Will the government’s proposed changes help? Key points of the draft Domestic Abuse Bill: A new definition for Economic Abuse This will include victims being denied access to jobs and/or money. It will also include being forced to take a loan. Proposed Domestic Abuse Protection…
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Changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims

Monday 8th January 2018 saw changes in requirements for legal aid for domestic abuse victims come into force. Our article in early December highlights the Ministry of Justice’s plans. And we are pleased to see that the changes are now in force. So, what does it mean for victims of domestic abuse? Most importantly, it means more…
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Breakthrough in legal aid for victims of domestic violence

***UPDATE 08/01/2018 Changes for legal aid for victims of domestic violence come into effect *** It is so pleasing to hear the breakthrough in legal aid for victims of domestic violence. Samantha Lee, Director and head of Family Law explains, “Really good news - The Ministry of Justice have announced that they will be expanding…
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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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