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Category Archives: Family Law

Domestic Violence Horror

A woman has been left blind after her boyfriend gouged her eyes in an attack. Her attacker has admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will be sentenced next month. The woman had been a victim of domestic violence previously and has said in the news this week that her advice to women in…
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Should Pitt and Jolie get a pre-nup?

Hollywood SuperStars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have announced their engagement this week, but should they be thinking about a pre-nup? Both Pitt and Jolie are wealthy in their own right, having successful careers. The couple have 6 children, three of whom are adopted. By having a pre-nup, although not technically legally binding, they have…
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London is venue of choice for divorce of super-rich

A sixth of cases before the courts in London are for marriage break ups involving foreign nationals. This has led to London being branded the global divorce capital and the venue of choice for divorces of the international super-rich, or divorce tourists. This has also led to worries that the gap is widening in terms…
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Rise in child care applications in England

Local council applications to take children into care have exceeded 10,000 this year, the first time in data history. The rise in the child care applications is said to be linked to the high publicity case of the death of Baby Peter in Haringey in 2007, which showed that the local authority officials could have…
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Legal Aid cuts could lead to DIY litigants

Many people with civil, commercial or family disputes cannot afford a lawyer. There has already been an increase of people bringing their own cases to court and with the proposed cuts to legal aid, this is set to soar. Graeme Swain of Swain & Co. solicitors says, “Legal Aid’s purpose is to promote access to…
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Legal Aid Reforms Challenged

Legal Aid reforms challenged The government has suffered two further defeats over its planned legal aid reforms.   Peers have voted in favour of amendments to retain funding for children and young people. Samantha Lee, a Partner and specialist Family and Childcare lawyer at Swain & Co said, “I welcome this development as it is…
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Urge for Divorce Law Reform

At the annual conference of Resolution, Sir Nicholas Wall, the president of the High Court Family Division said that he saw no good arguments against no-fault divorce, believing that this need to ascertain blame is out-dated in today’s society. Samantha Lee, specialist Family lawyer for Swain & Co. says “In the past it has been…
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New Emergency domestic violence service in the Portsmouth area.

(as seen in the Portsmouth News 23/03/2012) A new service to help those suffering from domestic abuse has been launched. Local solicitors, Swain & Co, have launched a new 24/7 emergency helpline and offer a specialist service for the people of Portsmouth, Havant and the surrounding area. Based in Havant, Nicola Whitley, specialist Family Solicitor…
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Grandparents’ Rights

When parents separate, grandparents' contact with their grandchildren is often forgotten about. As new arrangements are made and new family set-ups established, grandparents often fall by the wayside. Contact with grandchildren Contact can be lost when a parent moves away or if the parents' breakup was particularly bitter. This denies both the grandparent the joy…
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