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Challenges to Legal Aid in Domestic Abuse Cases

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In September of this year, the High Court made a decision to allow a challenge to the rules on legal aid for domestic abuse victims. The original government ruling, passed in April 2013, required domestic violence victims to provide a prescribed form of evidence if they were to receive legal aid. The changes were made by the government in alignment with the cuts to England and Wales’ annual legal aid bill, which aimed to reduce the bill by £350m from £2bn a year. The campaign group Rights of Women feel that the cuts prevent domestic abuse victims from getting the proper…

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Child Custody: Essential Information

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If a couple feels that their marriage has broken down irreparably, then divorce is often the next step that they take in order to legally and formally dissolve the marriage. The length of the divorce process varies with each couple – some can be resolved quickly with minimal fuss, while others can become very protracted as each party tries to claim what they feel they are entitled to in the divorce.   However, there are some people who don’t get a say in what happens in a divorce, who are often left confused, upset and scared about what is happening –…

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Your Guide to Prenuptial Agreements

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With the seemingly relentless media coverage that surrounds any celebrity wedding and, in turn, any celebrity divorce, we hear a lot about prenuptial agreements and what they consist of, usually containing eye-watering sums of money. But what exactly is a prenuptial agreement and how do they work if you aren’t lucky enough to have a multi-million pound fortune?   Who can enter a prenuptial agreement? Prenuptial agreements are available to any couple w ho are considering entering into a marriage or a civil partnership. The right to a prenuptial agreement is entirely the same whether it is a marriage between a…

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The Difference Between Judical Separations & Divorce

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Before applying for a judicial separation, it is important that the differences between it and divorce are fully understood. There are a number of variations between the two processes, and this article will examine them in order to help you get a better understanding of the proceedings. The Legalities In a Judicial Separation, the result is different from a divorce in that the marriage is not legally deemed to be over. The parties involved may have accepted an end to the relationship, but they are not permitted to remarry unless they obtain a divorce. Similarly, if the marriage has not irrevocably…

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Increase in Divorce Following The Christmas Period

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Although it may seem like a time for happiness, joy and love, the festive period can provide stumbling blocks for married couples that can often result in divorce. There are a number of factors that can lead to this unfortunate result, and as the festive season approaches, figures show a spike in the number of divorces and divorce inquiries. Financial Strain For many families, Christmas is a time of huge expense, as buying gifts for friends and family seems to be a never-ending task. Financial strain is one of the leading causes of divorce, as struggling to make ends meet can…

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What to Look for In a Family Law Practice

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When you’re choosing a family law practice to help you resolve any disputes you may have, there are a number of factors that you need to consider to ensure you get the best possible results. From accreditations to the amount of experience they have, everything is important when it comes to family legal matters. This article will inform you of some of the aspects you need to look for in your family law practice. Accreditations It is incredibly important that any family law practice you choose has the correct accreditation or accreditations for the area of law that you need it…

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Making An Inheritance Act Claim In 2014

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If a person dies without having set out the division of assets in their Will, then there is a large scope for the courts to decide how any assets are distributed amongst relatives. If a party feels that the deceased has not given them reasonable financial provision under their Will, then an Inheritance Act claim can be made.  There is no set way that the courts decide the division of assets, as each case is unique and there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account when arranging the distribution of assets. When somebody dies, their estate…

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Splitting Up – What’s Yours and What’s Mine

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When a marriage ends, there can often be confusion as to the dividing up of possessions between the couple. Belongings need to be divided up as fairly as possible, but there are a few mitigating factors that must be considered where the division of possessions is concerned. Every separation is different, and there are different ways to define the ownership of certain possessions. This article will elaborate on how belongings are divided up. Shared Property When a couple separates, if the property they live in is owned under both their names, then it can be divided by half. However, in some…

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Parental Responsibility Agreements Explained

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A Parental Responsibility Agreement was once a rare occurrence, with child custody rulings being commonplace in divorces involving children. Parental responsibility is automatically given to t he biological mother of the child, but not always given to the biological father. If the biological father was married to the biological mother at the time of the child’s birth, then he will have it. However if the mother agrees, then both parents can sign a Parental Responsibility Agreement. The agreement consists of the legal duties that a parent has to their child. If a parent does not apply for the agreement, then there…

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International Divorce – What Are The Options?

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Divorce is never an easy process to go through. It takes a lot of work, stress and negotiations to complete and can be very challenging for the people involved. When the divorce involves two people in two different countries, the challenges and difficulties are multiplied.  Different countries have different stipulations regarding divorce, and that can make negotiations very tricky. If you are going through an international divorce, one of the most important elements to your process is speed. This will enable you to check that the courts of your partner’s country can adequately deal with the case. Co-operation between you and…

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