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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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Did you know – the way the Courts deal with financial matters on divorce is changing? For many years now, the Courts have had specialist Judges that deal with complex children matters.  By contrast, financial matters on Divorce, which can involve very complex legal and financial issues have simply been allocated to the first Judge...
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Clare’s Law is a scheme introduced in 2014 however many people are still unaware that the scheme exists. It allows people to ask ‘Am I at risk?’ and can play a major part in someone being able to escape a potentially abusive relationship before domestic abuse takes place. What is it? Clare’s law allows anyone...
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Boris Johnson has responded recently to Women’s groups and confirmed that the Government will reconsider the reintroduction of the domestic abuse legislation. This was first considered by Parliament in July 2019. Mr Johnson announced on the 12th September 2019: ‘Domestic abuse shatters lives and tears families apart. We are fully committed to tackling this horrific...
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Following recent case law, the issue of Special Guardianship Orders and placement before making of an order has been in the forefront of most decisions, particularly in respect of timetabling care proceedings. Following on from recent case law, there has been Guidance handed down by the Family Justice Council, and approved by the President of...
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