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Domestic abuse is a large-scale problem in the UK, with an estimated 2.4 million adults aged sixteen to seventy-four years experiencing domestic abuse in the previous year. The extent of this issue is of particular concern as these statistics are likely to be under-reported and therefore not a true reflection of the severity of the...
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There have been recent storylines in Coronation Street and Eastenders featuring domestic abuse. This has given viewers a glimpse into how abusive relationships can go on for months, sometimes years. Domestic abuse is not just violence, it includes many forms such as emotional and financial abuse. These forms of abuse can be very subtle and...
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When the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were imposed in March it was really important to everyone working in the Family Justice System to ensure that Family Court hearings were managed and progressed.  As early as the 23rd March 2020 the President of the Family Division had released guidance about how the Remote Family Court should operate....
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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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