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Category Archives: Family Law

‘I am leaving’ … but only when I can afford to!

Research shows that thousands of people have to live with ex-partners after making the emotional decision to end a relationship. This is in a bid to save money amid soaring housing costs. The research suggests that 235,000 Londoners are choosing to move in with a current partner for mainly financial reasons. A further 128,000 have…
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Legal Aid Update

Today is a sad day at Swain & Co. following the news that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill (LASPO) has been given Royal Assent today. We are concerned that the fundamental principle of Legal Aid, to promote access to justice, has been severely damaged. This will leave a significant number of…
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Family Law: expert witness reform needed

It has been claimed that the safety of some of the country’s most vulnerable children is being put at risk by the expert witnesses that have ‘sprung’ up in the family courts. There are now calls for the NHS and the courts to take a greater responsibility for checking the validity of the work and…
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Legal aid reforms set to become law

Wednesday 25th April 2012 saw the government win its final battle over controversial legal aid reforms in the House of Lords. This means the reforms are set to become law. Peers had inflicted 14 defeats on the government in votes on the proposed amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill (LASPO)…
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Katie Price is getting married again. Should she get a pre-nup?

Former glamour model, singer and business woman, Katie Price, announces plans this week to marry her Argentinian boyfriend, Leandro Penna, should she be thinking about a pre-nup? Price has been married twice already and although they say "third time lucky", she may be tempted to enter into a pre-nup. Love her or hate her, there’s…
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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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Outdated child neglect law fails to protect

Charities are calling for the law on child neglect, written in 1933, to be overhauled to protect children from being badly fed, left alone at home, not educated or belittled and bullied by their parents. The 1933 law requires that a child is physically harmed or injured before charges can be brought, yet child neglect…
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Cuts to legal aid – no funding for divorce

On average, it takes 6 years to qualify as a Solicitor. Three years at University to get a law degree, one year at law college and then two years training on the job. Then you can qualify. Even when newly qualified, not all Solicitors will go to Court straight away and start representing people as…
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Innocent parents are reunited with their child

A High Court judge has lifted restrictions preventing Chana al-Alas and Rohan Wray speaking publically about their battle in the family courts to win their daughter back after cleared of murdering their son. They had been wrongly accused of causing their child non-accidental injuries, i.e. child abuse. Jayden was 4 months old when he died,…
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Children needing adopting face delays

Ofsted have said that the most significant cause of delay for children needing adoption is the length of time taken to complete court proceedings. The Right on Time report has revealed that it takes an average of 14 months to complete care proceedings. These report findings have been based on a survey of 9 local…
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