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Category Archives: Family Law

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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Queen’s Speech: Government avoid issue of elderly care

Today’s Queen Speech has delivered some welcome news for crime, children and families. However, Swain & Co. solicitors are all too aware that what is equally important to what is mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, is what is not mentioned! Our specialist community care team are disappointed that the care of the elderly has been…
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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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‘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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