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Special Guardianship Orders

Posted on 17th March 2020 in Family Law

We are often asked to advise relatives particularly Grandparents about “Special Guardianship Orders” but what are these orders and why would you need one?

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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What happens to our pets on the breakdown of our relationship?

Posted on 02nd March 2020 in Family Law

The breakdown of a relationship can be an emotional time. There can be a lot of uncertainty and a lot of practical issues to resolve. For many people pets are an integral part of family and relationships.

Posted by

Caroline Ryan

Consultant Solicitor

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Protection from Domestic Abuse

Posted on 21st February 2020 in Family Law

According to the Office of National Statistics in the year ending March 2019, 1.6 million women and 786,000 men experienced domestic abuse. The number of women and girls killed in England and Wales had also risen to its highest level in 14 years with a 10% increase having been documented. Between March 2018 and March 2019 there were 241 recorded female victims of murder, manslaughter and infanticide with 48% of those victims being killed in a domestic homicide, and 38% of those victims being killed at the hands of their partner or ex-partner.

Posted by

Sarah Miller

Associate Member of CILEx

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What you need to know about consent orders

Posted on 17th February 2020 in Family Law

A consent order is a legally binding court order approved by a judge in divorce proceedings, filed after both parties have agreed their financial settlement. This is often without the need for either party having to attend at Court.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Do I need a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

Posted on 12th February 2020 in Family Law

We are being asked by our clients more and more frequently about the potential need for a pre-nuptial agreement. While some couples may find it difficult or awkward to approach the subject of a pre-nuptial agreement with their future spouse, a day will come in the not too distant future when it will be considered usual if not essential to discuss the need for a pre-nuptial agreement before the big day.

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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Is it possible to have an amicable separation?

Posted on 29th January 2020 in Family Law

There are many reasons why it is important to try and have an amicable separation. We have highlighted our top three below:

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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What is a Stalking Protection Order?

Posted on 23rd January 2020 in Family Law

On Monday 20 January 2020 Stalking Protection Order’s (SPOs) came into force allowing Police in England and Wales to apply for emergency orders aimed at protecting victims of stalking.

Posted by

Sarah Miller

Associate Member of CILEx

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What To Do If You Change Your Mind About Divorce

Posted on 05th October 2019 in Family Law

You can change your mind about divorce and cancel the proceedings, providing both parties agree. If you reconcile at any stage, even after the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi (the middle stage of the divorce), you can ask the Court to rescind the decree and dismiss the petition. This would give the effect of the petition never having been issued. This does, however, mean if the reconciliation does not work out and you do wish to pursue a divorce, you will need to issue a new petition and start the process from the beginning.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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When can you leave children unattended?

Posted on 01st August 2019 in Family Law

If you’re a parent, you’ll be familiar with how difficult it can sometimes be to get your children to accompany you to the shops or appointments. If only you could safely leave your child on their own and get those daily tasks done quickly. But where does the law stand with this?

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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Meeting a Family Lawyer for the first time – The Expectations

Posted on 31st July 2019 in Family Law

Deciding to take the plunge and meet with a family lawyer for the first time can be a hugely daunting experience.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Divorces set aside by the High Court

Posted on 23rd April 2019 in Family Law

The High Court has again delivered judgments in relation to applications by the Queen’s Proctor to set aside divorce decrees in four different cases on the ground that the petitions breached the 1 year bar. The 1 year bar is set out in section 3 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and states that neither party to a marriage may commence divorce proceedings before the couple have been married for 1 year.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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End to the blame game – Divorce Law reform

Posted on 09th April 2019 in Family Law

The government has today issued a press release announcing its commitment to reforming divorce law as soon as Parliamentary time will allow. The reforms will remove the need for couples to wait 2 years after separating and fault-based petitions.

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor