An introduction to the Lasting Power of Attorney

Discussing what should happen in the event that we lose capacity to make or communicate decisions is an uncomfortable prospect, However, avoiding the conversation could result in huge difficulty and upset for our family and friends. Many assume that if you were to lose mental capacity then your partner or your children would automatically step

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As the UK embarks on its fifth week of lockdown, reports of domestic violence soar

As the UK embarks on its fifth week of lockdown, the metropolitan police report that it has made close to 100 arrests every day in London for domestic abuse offences during the isolation period. These figures were released shortly after Karen Ingala-Smith, the founder of ‘Counting Dead Women’ made the announcement that a total of

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A worrying trend emerges in the wake of the self-isolation period – But help is at hand!

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the world has been presented with a number of unexpected challenges and arguably, one of the most surprising effects has been the impact on our relationships. The country has come together and rallied behind the NHS, with rainbows in our windows and pots and pans in our hands

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Are the wheels of justice still turning during the pandemic?

A look at how the Courts are coping during Covid-19 and what changes have they been forced to make. On Monday the 30th of March the majority of courts across England and Wales faced unprecedented times as they were forced to close their doors to the public in order to minimise the risk to staff and

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Resolving conflict in quarantine

Guidance for couples on how best to survive the isolation period.  In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, divorce rates in China have already risen as couples who were forced to isolate together for weeks found that the quarantine period placed too great of a strain on their relationship. This is a worrying trend as

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Guide to using legal aid eligibility calculator

Eligibility for Legal Aid is no longer simply dependent upon financial circumstances (save for mediation), you usually have to either be: – The victim of domestic abuse from the other party, or Social services are involved with your family. If you satisfy the above requirements you them may be eligible for Legal Aid for private

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The Most Searched for Divorce & Family Law Advice in 2019

We have lots of legal advice covering different aspects of both divorce and family law on our website and 1000’s of people every month visit our site to read this content. Below are the most common searches people have made in 2019 regarding divorce and family law advice together with the advice we give on

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Steps to take for an amicable divorce

Amicable divorces don’t make the headlines and unless you are close to someone going through one, you are unlikely to hear about any of the details. However, most divorces are amicable and a very far cry from the rich celebs warring over their millions as they trade insults in the tabloids. An amicable divorce is

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Resources for those in abusive relationships over Christmas

For many people, Christmas is not a time of joy, but one of fear. Each year there is a dramatic increase in reported instances of domestic violence and abuse over the Christmas period. Most people are aware of what a violent relationship looks like, but coercive control and emotional abuse is harder to spot, for

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Tips For Divorcing Over Christmas

Christmas can be a wonderful time, but if you are experiencing difficulties, it can also be a very upsetting time. If you are going through a divorce over Christmas, you may be worried about how it will work, especially if you have children. But the good news is that you can still experience some seasonal

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How to initiate a divorce when you are “at fault”

As the divorce law in England and Wales currently stands, unless you are prepared to wait 2 years, someone in the marriage has to be “at fault” for the other person to divorce them. This is not an ideal situation and hopefully change is on the horizon, but for now it can leave couples whose

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How to prepare a smooth Christmas as a single parent

Even though Christmas is at the same time each year and the shops give us months of warning, when life is difficult it can come round surprisingly quickly and leave us unprepared. If you are a single parent, then you should prepare early to ensure Christmas runs smoothly for your children and you also have

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What happens when you separate without divorcing?

When marriages break down, not all couples choose to divorce straight away. Some couples separate emotionally, physically and practically, but not legally. Occasionally some couples stay like this for many years and either don’t divorce or put it off for a surprisingly long time. The upside of this is not having to go through the

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What happens when you get caught cheating

When you are married, getting caught cheating is one of the worst things that can happen for you and your spouse. People cheat on their spouses for a myriad of different reasons. At one end of the spectrum, the marriage may be on its last legs and someone meets someone with whom they will share

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When your spouse leaves you for a same sex relationship

When someone’s spouse leaves them for someone else, it is always heart breaking. The abandoned spouse is left feeling angry, betrayed and left questioning their entire marriage. Often their self-esteem takes a huge knock. However, when your spouse leaves to embark on a same sex relationship, there is another whole level of emotions. If from

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Coping after a divorce check list

Going through a divorce is an intense process. Often all the paperwork and admin can take up so much time and energy that there is no space left to deal with the emotional impact. All the emotions can then suddenly hit after the divorce, leaving the divorcee feeling lost and empty. If this is you,

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What to do when all your relationships are a disaster

Some people breeze through life floating from one satisfying relationship to another, before settling with a wonderful partner ‘til death do them part. For others it is one disaster after another, often with the same plot line being played out in each relationship. The person often doesn’t have any noticeable character flaws and can have

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How to cope when your kids are with your ex

If you are newly divorced and sharing the care of your children for the first time, you will be introduced to a whole new selection of worries and anxieties. While your children are young and you are in the throws of parenting, the thought of a couple of days away from them can seem like

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