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Domestic Abuse Bill – A Bill Eagerly but Cautiously Anticipated (5 July 2019)

On 21 January 2019 the government published its draft Domestic Abuse Bill. A bill which was part of the Conservative Party’s 2017 manifesto. A bill eagerly but cautiously anticipated by professionals with the hope that it will offer the opportunity to get it right for victims replacing the existing piecemeal and fragmented legislation.   Read more...

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How will Brexit affect Divorce? (12 June 2019)

Brexit is looming whether we like it or not. The interaction between the United Kingdom and the rest of the EU will change in many areas and family law is no exception.  Read more...

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No-Fault Divorce – the end of mudslinging? (5 June 2019)

We live in a society where 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce. Under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 in England and Wales, couples seeking a divorce must show their marriage has “broken down irretrievably”.  Read more...

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Divorce Law – reform set to end ‘blame game’ between couples and introduce no-fault divorces (9 April 2019)

Divorce Law in England and Wales is to be overhauled so that couples will no longer have to apportion blame for the breakdown of their marriage or else wait for at least two years of separation to take place before they can divorce.   Read more...

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Mother of three year old girl becomes the first person convicted of FGM in the UK (6 February 2019)

This month, the mother of a three year old girl became the first person to be convicted of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK. The landmark ruling has been welcomed by campaigners who hope it will encourage other victims to come forward and report the crime.  Read more...

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The Domestic Abuse Draft Bill Offers Wider Protection to Victims of Abuse (30 January 2019)

On the 21 January 2019, the Government released a Domestic Abuse Draft Bill containing proposed changes to the way domestic abuse is categorised and dealt with in the UK. The draft bill aims to offer greater protection to those who suffer domestic abuse.   Read more...

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Thinking about Surrogacy? (25 January 2019)

Following a recent surrogacy case which has prompted a change in surrogacy law, we discuss surrogacy and everything you need to know about The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 which came into force on 3 January. It is important to understand how the law can protect both surrogates and those looking to go down the surrogate route to have their children. We can help you answer the questions you may have before, during and after the baby is born.   Read more...

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‘Divorce Day’– why do so many couples start legal proceedings in January? (7 January 2019)

Many of us may have a case of the January blues this week as the festivities fade. It is also a significant period in the calendar for some as today, the first working Monday of January, is the most popular day of the year to begin legal proceedings for divorce in the UK, therefore dubbed ‘Divorce Day’.   Read more...

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Should I get a Prenuptial Agreement? (8 November 2018)

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a prenuptial agreement, and although drawing up arrangements to separate is likely to be the last thing an engaged couple wants to do, the ever-increasing UK divorce rate may be incentive enough to consider getting a prenuptial agreement. Below, we answer some of the most common questions related to prenuptial agreements.   Read more...

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Parental Alienation (15 October 2018)

Parental alienation, in relation to family court cases, is difficult to define due to the fact that the degree of impact parental alienation has on a child remains under debate. Broadly speaking, parental alienation occurs when a child begins rejecting one parent largely due to the influence and/or manipulation of the other.   Read more...

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Owens v Owens: five year separation upheld in no-fault divorce (26 July 2018)

Tini Owens and Hugh Owens, 68 and 86 respectively, have been married for 50 years and have two adult children. When Mrs Owens petitioned for a divorce claiming she endured a “loveless marriage”, her husband refused, leaving her no choice but to seek help from the courts. Their verdict: ‘Mrs Owens must remain married to Mr Owens for the time being’ until they have been separated for 5 years.  Read more...

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Domestic Abuse Survivors and Children found Sleeping Rough (19 July 2018)

Survivors of domestic abuse and their children were found to be sleeping rough after being unable to find safe accommodation says charity Women’s Aid. Women’s Aid stated that the survey of some of the most vulnerable women who have sought out help from the charity were unable to access refuge immediately, with 12% of women forced to sleep rough before making contact, including pregnant women and women with children.  Read more...

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Sapphire Stait Offers Free Legal Advice to Women at the Birmingham Freedom Project (10 July 2018)

Childcare and Family Solicitor Sapphire Stait has set up a free legal advice clinic at the Birmingham Freedom Project in Kings Heath, Birmingham, providing legal advice on family and childcare matters to those women who have been affected by domestic abuse.   Read more...

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Call for Cross-Examination Reform: Family Courts failing to protect victims of domestic abuse (27 June 2018)

Women’s Aid and Queen Mary University of London have conducted a study into domestic abuse, human rights and childcare proceedings in the family courts, finding that 24% of women surveyed had been cross-examined by their abusers in court. This comes a year after the government promised to stop this practice in family courts, pointing out that it would not be allowed in criminal courts since it exposes victims to undue trauma and distress.   Read more...

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Harsh Reality of Legal Aid Cuts: Rape victim forced to represent herself in court (18 June 2018)

In this recent case, care proceedings had been brought to decide whether the father should have contact with his daughter after the mother had accused him of sexual assault.   Read more...

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Mother Found Guilty of Forcing Her Teenage Daughter To Marry (7 June 2018)

A mother, who forced her daughter to marry a relative almost twice the age of her daughter, was found guilty of the first successful prosecution for a forced marriage in England.   Read more...

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The Government announce £6 million funding for children of alcoholics (24 April 2018)

The government have pledged to fund £6 million towards support for children with parents who are alcoholics and has planned to create programs to offer that support and advice for children whose parents suffer from alcoholism by including fast access to mental health service and offering treatment programs to help parents overcome their addictions.  Read more...

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Proposals for Domestic Abuse Perpetrators to be Electronically Tagged (17 April 2018)

There have been calls for tighter restrictions from the Home Office for domestic abusers to prevent them from causing further abuse by electronically monitoring perpetrators and banning consumption of alcohol.   Read more...

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