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Category Archives: Domestic Violence

Sperm donor is not a secondary father

This was the outcome of a hearing at the Court of Appeal, the decision from which was published on 13th June 2012. The ruling stated that where a child is conceived by a mother and father resulting from an agreement between them that the child be brought up and cared for by the mother and…
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Beauty shoot glamorising domestic violence?

The woman’s hair is perfect, her make up immaculate and a black eye to shock readers. A controversial beauty shoot is the basis of a marketing campaign in a Bulgarian magazine entitled ‘Victim of Beauty’, and the images get more shocking. One shows a model with her throat cut, others with a badly bruised faces…
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Domestic violence can cause children to be violent

A NSPCC survey has found a clear link between children witnessing violence at home and a child’s bad behaviour. The survey claims that child that sees violence at home is twice as likely to take drugs, commit crime or seriously hurt someone. Swain & Co.’s specialist family lawyers are not surprised by this statistic. It…
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Why Mediation Service is a winning formula

Swain & Co Solicitors Mediation Service has helped couples to avoid court and expensive disputes by working together to sort out children and financial matters. Samantha Lee of Swain & Co says, “As a Mediator I do not take sides and provide a neutral environment for couple to discuss and reach agreements without the additional…
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Necessity is no defence in child abduction

Necessity is no defence to criminal child abduction cases. This was the result of a hearing in the Court of Appeal that was published 8th May 2012. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal by an appellant, who is known as CS, against her criminal conviction at Portsmouth Crown Court in July 2011 for removing…
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Swain & Co. keeping up tradition

We were pleased to read a brief history about South Street in Havant, where some of our offices are based, and discover that solicitors have been in South Street since the mid 1750’s. The piece in PO9 Newspaper looked back 100 years when South Street was the main route to Langstone before the A27 was…
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Domestic Violence laws to extend to 16 and 17 year olds

The authorities are waking up to the issue of domestic violence in teenage relationships. The adverts on the TV formed part of the 2010 government campaign to target 13-18 year olds urging them not to use violence in their relationship. There are now calls for the domestic violence laws and protection to extend to 16…
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