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A pre-nuptial agreement (commonly known as a ‘pre-nup’) is made prior to marriage and indicates what is to happen to your assets should your relationship break down. There is a misconception that pre-nuptial agreements are only for the rich and famous. However, anyone can enter into a pre-nuptial agreement if they wish and it is...
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The pandemic has given rise to a whole new world of conflict when it comes to child contact arrangements between separated parents.  So what are your options and how can we help?  What is the position when you already have a child arrangements court order in place? Child arrangements court orders must be complied with...
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It has been reported that the number of care proceedings being issued by Local Authority’s has increased since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is believed that this is a combination of lockdown leading to families spending more time together in a confined space, increased drinking by some parents and money worries which is...
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As the Courts re-open after the closures caused by the pandemic, it has been accepted that domestic abuse complainants should be allowed to enter the Courts from a separate entrance so they do not have to occupy the same areas as their alleged abuser.  This is part of an overhaul of the Family Courts that...
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A national law firm has recently published data confirming their divorce enquiries have increased by 42 per cent since the commencements of the lockdown in comparison to the same period in 2019. It is anticipated that this surge in enquiries is as a result of the added pressure lockdown has placed upon many couples, especially...
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The recent Coronation Street storyline in relation to domestic abuse has raised awareness for types of abuse not widely recognised by most people. The majority of people will recognise physical abuse as a form of domestic violence. However, Coronation Street are now raising awareness for Coercive Control. This form of abuse is more mental than...
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The courts and tribunals service has issued advice to parents with children who are subject to a Child Arrangements Order (CAO) made by the Family Court. Government guidance states that despite current Stay at Homes rules in place in the UK, “where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between...
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Some of the family team at Hewitts Solicitors attended the annual Family Justice Board event on the 30th January 2020. This was a fabulous event organised by Dere Street Chambers. The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane gave a wonderful speech about family work in our area, how we work in a professional,...
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A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian. It is a private law order and is intended for children who cannot live with their birth parents. Whilst this is a private law order, it is regularly used in care proceedings when a child is placed...
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A recent case involving a dispute between separated parents about child arrangements has demonstrated how seriously the Court views the issue of parental alienation and the fact that the Court will not be afraid to make major decisions altering where a child lives if they have been subject to parental alienation. In this case, initially...
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