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Aimee Aspinall

Posted 2 August 2017
by Aimee Aspinall

Child Maintenance Application Fees and Domestic Abuse

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has updated guidance on deciding if a victim of domestic violence or abuse is exempt from the Child Maintenance Service application fee. The guidance now includes witnessing child abuse within its definition of…

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Caroline Ryan

Posted 1 August 2017
by Caroline Ryan

Divorce and Pensions

On divorce, the parties are required to provide full financial disclosure which includes information regarding any pension provision.

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Aimee Aspinall

Posted 21 July 2017
by Aimee Aspinall

Domestic Abuse

Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill announced The government has announced a commitment to bring forward new laws to protect victims of domestic violence and abuse. The provisions will include setting up a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner. In addition,…

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Sarah Miller

Posted 20 July 2017
by Sarah Miller

Domestic Violence and Child Arrangements

Sharing the care of children inevitably presents emotionally-charged challenges to the courts. But how do the courts deal with cases where there is a proven record of domestic abuse, but where the child has not been the subject of it?

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Tracy Lambert

Posted 20 July 2017
by Tracy Lambert

Divorce and Finances

Consultation to de-link financial applications from divorce The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to the rules surrounding applications for financial remedy.

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Aimee Aspinall

Posted 18 July 2017
by Aimee Aspinall

Law Society review criticises Legal Aid amendments

In a report published this week, the Law Society has concluded that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) which came into force in April 2017 and which slashed civil and family legal aid, has denied…

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Mark Williams

Posted 14 July 2017
by Mark Williams

Do grandparents have legal rights to see their grandchildren?

Grandparents do not have any automatic legal rights in respect of their grandchildren but they can seek the court’s permission to make an application for a Child Arrangements Order (“contact”). Before they do this it is highly recommended that grandparents…

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