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Family Law News
Amid the challenges many have faced this year there are some vast changes in respect of divorce law in the UK. Solicitors may now file divorce and financial remedy applications through the family court online portal. My HMCTS still requires some improvement and it is often not user friendly, but it has unbelievably reduced waiting times...
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A recent article published in the Lancet has raised the concerns about the effect that the Covid19 lockdown has had on children’s mental health.  The study showed that the increase in probable mental health problems reported in adults also affect 5-16 year olds in England.  More than a quarter of children and young people reported...
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In a landmark case, the Court of Appeal heard from lawyers how the Family Court should treat allegations of domestic abuse. The appeal court’s ruling is likely to have far-reaching implications. The Family Justice system were given the opportunity to inform the Court of Appeal as to how people should be treated during the court...
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25% Discount on all family law services for NHS and Key workers throughout January 2021 At Hewitts we recognise the fantastic work which is being done by our NHS and keyworkers throughout the coronavirus pandemic.  As a thank you, we are offering a discount of 25% to all NHS staff and key workers who instruct...
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Divorce is never easy and the financial implications of paying for two households instead of one can often stretch the finances of separating couples.  If there is no property or other assets of the marriage, it is easy to think there is no need to get legal advice or reach a financial settlement with your...
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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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