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Category Archives: Family Law

Get married after 25 to reduce risk of divorce

According to the National Center for Health Statistics in America, around 60% of marriages where couples are between 20 and 25 when they say their vows end in divorce. That is a scary statistic. But, like all statistics, this needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as we reported previously that older couples…
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Domestic violence can cause children to be violent

A NSPCC survey has found a clear link between children witnessing violence at home and a child’s bad behaviour. The survey claims that child that sees violence at home is twice as likely to take drugs, commit crime or seriously hurt someone. Swain & Co.’s specialist family lawyers are not surprised by this statistic. It…
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Divorce is not the end of a relationship

When you think of divorce you think that the choice to file for it is to end a relationship. This is essentially what divorce is, a dissolving of marriage and a legal end to marriage. Divorce can bring an end to a type of relationship between couples, but when children are involved, it becomes more…
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Childcare cases surge by postcode lottery

Children are 10 times more likely to be taken into care in some parts of the country than others a Cafcass study revealed. The report showed that there is a postcode lottery operating in care proceedings. Cafcass examined hundreds of care applications that have been lodged in the years since Baby P’s death in August…
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Portsmouth man sets up support group for grandparents

A Portsmouth man has spoken out about his and his wife’s grief at contact with their grandchild being severed after a family fall out. Ken Ebben has now become a volunteer and has set up a support group through Grandparents’ Association. Swain & Co.’s Family Law solicitors are pleased that Ken has spoken out about…
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Divorce and Separation: 3 year ditch is the new 7 year itch

A recent survey conducted by Netmums has found that couples are more likely to split after 3 years together rather than the after 7, dubbed the 7 year itch. Having children has been stated as putting the greatest strain on relationships (40% of survey answers said). This could be linked to couples entering relationships later…
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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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