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Category Archives: Family Law

Sperm donor is not a secondary father

This was the outcome of a hearing at the Court of Appeal, the decision from which was published on 13th June 2012. The ruling stated that where a child is conceived by a mother and father resulting from an agreement between them that the child be brought up and cared for by the mother and…
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Grandparents stop work to care for grandchildren

More than 60,000 grandparents are reported to have been forced to give up work to care for their grandchildren and prevent them going into care. Many give up well-paid jobs only to find that there is no financial support for grandparents that become carers as there is no official recognition from the Government, yet they…
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Beauty shoot glamorising domestic violence?

The woman’s hair is perfect, her make up immaculate and a black eye to shock readers. A controversial beauty shoot is the basis of a marketing campaign in a Bulgarian magazine entitled ‘Victim of Beauty’, and the images get more shocking. One shows a model with her throat cut, others with a badly bruised faces…
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Social media and divorce

With high profile couples relationship breakdowns comes publicity, and more couples using social media to air their private affairs, as seen in the impending divorce of Ben Goldsmith and Kate Rothschild. Many may think that this is just part of being in the public eye, yet lawyers in America are seeing that in more and…
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Mediation: A different method of divorce

Sadly, around 40% of marriages end in divorce, and choosing to legally end a marriage is a difficult and highly emotional time. The actual process of divorce and separation is relatively straight forward and some couples are now opting to complete the legal dissolution of their marriage with little help from divorce solicitors, some using…
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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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