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Category Archives: Family Law

Theft from employer because of divorce debt

A manager fell into debt due to his divorce, so helped himself to money from the till at a bank’s staff canteen. Over the course of 18 months Mr Candy stole small amounts of takings which he hoped to pay back as he was left in debt from his divorce 5 years earlier. Candy, from…
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Legal Aid cases reduced

Figures released by the Legal Services Commission have shown that the number of legal aid cases reduced last year. Of particular concern for Swain & Co. solicitors are the reductions on housing, welfare benefits, debt and other civil cases. The concern is centred on the fact that these are the areas of law that people…
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Cruise and Holmes set example for divorce?

Less than two weeks since Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, the couple have stunned the public by reaching an agreement on their settlement. The quick agreement comes after speculation arose that this would be a messy after Holmes filed for sole custody of the couples 6 year old child Suri. Swain &…
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Unmarried couples rights should be greater

A top female Judge has called for unmarried couples rights in England and Wales to mimic those in Scotland. The comments come after Britain’s highest Court, the Supreme Court, ordered a Scottish man to pay his former partner nearly £40,000 in compensation after their relationship ended. Lady Hale noted the disparity between unmarried couples rights…
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Foster first for prospective adoptive parents

The prime minister has unveiled a foster first policy for prospective adoptive parents. The PM wants to see a more stable start for children under 1 by allowing prospective parents to foster first. The aim is to reduce the disruption to a child’s life as medical experts believe that changes between foster homes in an…
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Celeb bitter divorce is rumoured: Cruise to counter sue

In speaking to BBC Radio 1, the lawyer for Tom Cruise has revealed that his client’s split from Katie Holmes is set to end up as a bitter divorce. He revealed that Cruise is set to counter sue his wife which will set the battle for a fiery legal fight. He did not say where…
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Police to extend Domestic Violence Protection Orders in Manchester

New police powers to stop domestic violence abusers from contacting or entering their partner’s home have been extended across Greater Manchester following successful trials. The Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) force an offender to leave the residence and stay away from the victim. More than 180 orders were issued in North and South Manchester, Oldham,…
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Another celebrity bitter divorce?

News has broken that Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise in a New York Court. The rumours of a bitter divorce have already started circulating. Katie Holmes has apparently filed the divorce in a New York Court as they are reluctant to give warring parents joint custody of a child over concerns…
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Coalition heading for quickie divorce? Perhaps use mediation

This week saw the launch of the Coalition Government’s election campaign but may feel that more precisely it indicates the road to a quickie divorce as the parties no longer talk of a centre-right alignment. The marriage is ending; perhaps they could take notice from their own recommendations for divorcing couple and use mediation. Ok,…
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Swain & Co. welcome action on domestic violence

It’s not hard to see why victims of domestic violence withdraw complaints before cases go to court. They may be experiencing conflicting emotions, dependency on the abusive partner, fear of further abuse, pressure from the partner, their family and/or friends. When withdrawing the complaint it is hard for police to press charges without the victims…
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