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Category Archives: Family Law

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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Government rejects recommendation to scrap divorce fee rise

On 21 March 2016 the fee to petition for a divorce rose to £550 from £410.  The fee increase was strongly opposed by family lawyers who were concerned that this rise would make petitioning for a divorce prohibitively expensive for some clients.  What made the increase even more concerning was the fact that it was…
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President of Family Division warns of Court crisis over care cases

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division has warned that the Court faces a “clear and imminent crisis” due to the sharp increase in the number of care cases they are handling. His concern comes following figures released by Cafcass which shows a significant rise in the number of care cases in the Family…
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