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Category Archives: Family Law

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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