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In June 2018 the Supreme Court made a ruling that it is discriminatory to restrict the ability to enter into a civil partnership to same-sex couples only and is, in fact, in breach of human rights laws. Following a period of uncertainty after this judgement, the Government have now agreed to amend the law, extending...
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A Supreme Court ruling in August of 2018 put pressure on the Government to change its rules in relation to bereavement benefits. The partner of the applicant, Mrs. McCloughlin who is the mother of 4 children, was refused Widows Parents Allowance on the death of her partner with whom she had cohabited for 23 years. ...
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The Government has recently signaled reform of divorce laws by removing the element of fault. Divorce is a very difficult and stressful situation to have to go through; and can be made worse when the parties involved seek to blame each other for the breakdown of their relationship. Justice Secretary David Gauke confirmed his intention that couples...
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Sir James Munby, retired President of the Family Division, recently highlighted the problems with accessing justice within the Court system. He suggested that members of the public should be asked whether they want to physically attend court or talk to the judge over video link instead. Munby explained how his nearest family court is twenty...
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On 21.07.18 The Home Office announced that £8m will be made available to support children who have been affected by domestic abuse. Domestic abuse ruins the lives of its victims each year.  NSPCC statistics show that as many as one in five children in the UK are witness to or exposed to domestic abuse. This...
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When advising clients about matrimonial assets within divorce proceedings, they often don’t realise Pensions form part of those assets. It can be the case that one person may have a modest pension, or even no pension at all, compared to their former spouse, especially when one person has given up their career or had gaps...
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There were changes to legal aid in recent years which prevented individuals from accessing justice. It would appear that this matter may be reconsidered and MPs are urging for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) to be reviewed. The changes to legal aid impacted on family legal assistance. It is hoped...
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Following a Ministry of Justice announcement on 4 December 2017, the Legal Aid Rules affecting victims of Domestic Abuse will be amended as of January 2018. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will be removing the time limit on evidence that has previously been required by victims of Domestic Abuse, which required them...
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If you wish to apply to court for an order regarding your child or in relation to financial settlement on divorce, you will need to show the court that you have attempted to resolve your case by negotiation and by mediation. You will be required to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting with an independent...
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A two part documentary on BBC2 last month highlighted the struggles addicted parents face in keeping their children in their care. ‘Addicted Parents: Last Chance To Keep My Children’, which aired on BBC2 in July, followed the struggles of addicted parents trying to get clean for the sake of their children. The documentary goes inside...
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