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What should I do, I have received a letter from social services in respect of my children?

Posted on 17th April 2020 in Family Law

It is likely to be extremely worrying if you receive a letter from children’s social services headed “Letter before Proceedings”.

Posted by

Mark Williams

Partner and Solicitor

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Care during COVID-19

Posted on 14th April 2020 in Family Law, Coronavirus Pandemic

My colleagues specialising in domestic abuse have noted a marked increase in the number of enquiries since the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown.

Posted by

Mark Williams

Partner and Solicitor

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Domestic Abuse calls up by 25%

Posted on 07th April 2020 in Family Law, Coronavirus Pandemic

The Charity Refuge has confirmed that The National Centre for Domestic Violence has already seen a 25% increase in calls and online enquiries to their service.

Posted by

Chloë Harvey

Chartered Legal Executive

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I am a victim of domestic abuse, can I still get help?

Posted on 02nd April 2020 in Family Law, Coronavirus Pandemic

The recent measures being implemented across the country to tackle Coronavirus (COVID-19) have the potential to cause increased anxiety for those currently suffering or at risk of suffering domestic abuse.

Posted by

Sarah Miller

Associate Member of CILEx

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Divorce and Coronavirus

Posted on 01st April 2020 in Family Law, Coronavirus Pandemic

As we all find ourselves in lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19 and navigating the ‘new normal’, many couples are facing the reality of a relationship breakdown. But what steps can you take at this particularly difficult time to protect your future?

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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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