Sorting Out Separation Web App

The Sorting Out Separation web app that cost the DoWP around £417,500 has proven to be something of a failure. It was intended to be a key source of information for separated and separating parents, providing external sources of information to help make the process easier. Unfortunately, a recent report has revealed that in 14

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New EU Law on Domestic Violence

EU Regulation on Mutual Recognition of Protection Measures in Civil Matters The EU has introduced a new law to protect victims of domestic violence and those who need protective measures. The law will come into force from January 2015. It is the result of years of work in the Daphne Project. The law is aimed

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Children Suffer When Parents Represent Themselves In Court

A recent survey amongst nearly 500 magistrates across the country has found that court hearings are not being conducted fairly as more and more people represent themselves in court due to cuts in legal aid. The latest figures suggest that 46% of those being seen in a private family court are representing themselves. A person

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Same Sex Relationships More Likely To Involve Domestic Abuse

A charity has found that LGBT (lesbian. gay, bisexual and transgender) people in relationships with partners of the same sex are more than twice as likely to have suffered domestic abuse in the last year as compared to those in opposite sex relationships. The charity Broken Rainbow reports that nearly half (45 per cent) of gay

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Is Divorce Available To Everybody Who Needs It?

Nobody really relishes the prospect of going through divorce proceedings, even if they know a happier and more secure life awaits on the other side. Divorces are traditionally made somewhat difficult to obtain, and there are laws designed to make the process take longer than it strictly needs to. This is presumably done with the

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Poker Player Wins Child Support Case

An unemployed man who makes most of his money from playing poker has won the right not to pay child support. The Court of Appeals ruled yesterday (28 April 2014) that Tony Hakki has no obligation to pay child support to the mother of his child, as his gambling does not meet the requirements for

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Single Parents And Step Parents Have No Effect On Child Happiness

It’s often thought that staying together ‘for the children’ is the correct course of action when a couple with children find their partnership begin to strain. But new data seems to show that children raised by a single parent, or by a step parent, are not significantly more or less happy than children raised in

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7 Long-Lasting Celebrity Marriages

When we think of celebrity marriages, we don’t necessarily think of stability and longevity. There are many reasons why we tend to regard celebrity marriages as brief affairs – among them, that the press loves to report on the slightest apparent problem in a relationship, but also due to what some regard as the shallowness

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What Needs To Be Considered In The Event Of A Divorce

When a couple decides to divorce, everything changes. Two people who had previously built their lives around each other will need to readjust to a life apart, with separate careers, separate finances and separate social lives. Some of these changes are clearly advantageous in the eyes of the parties involved, hence the reasons for the

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What Can Be Done When Parents Disagree?

It’s not at all uncommon for parents to have at least some disagreements over the way their child should be raised. Even for two people who normally think alike on the big issues – politics, faith and so on – there are bound to be some principles on which they differ, and at least a

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Welsh MP Proposes Tougher Domestic Violence Laws

Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd has this week presented a bill in the Commons that would recognise domestic violence as a distinct offence in England and Wales. Mr Llwyd’s bill, which has attracted support from, is sponsored by trade union Napo and by the Justice Unions Parliamentary Group.

What Changes With The Introduction Of Same-Sex Marriages?

On the 29th March 2014, the first same-sex marriages will take place across England and Wales. The legalisation of gay marriage will be seen as a landmark event in the history of Britain, and comes with widespread support from the public and lawmakers alike. At this stage, we can’t be quite certain of exactly what

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How To Be Sure Of Your Cohabiting Partner's Inheritance Rights

It’s one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to ensure your loved ones receive everything they should be entitled to – and yet, fewer than half of adults in the UK ever get around to making a will. Under English and Welsh law, there is no such thing as a ‘common law’ marriage. That is, a

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements May Be Given Legal Backing

Couples preparing to enter into marriage have long been able to draw up a pre-nuptial agreement, or pre-nup, to establish how assets should be shared in the event of a divorce. While many people’s only knowledge of these agreements will come from American celebrity couples, such as Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the practice of

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Should You Need Judges In Order To Divorce?

Divorce courts often have their tied up in complex and bitter divorce cases. Whether they are negotiating custody agreements or judging the merits of a petition, the job of handling other people’s divorce proceedings is a hard one. Not every divorce is like this. In fact, in France at least, around 54% of divorce cases

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Who Gets Custody Of Pets In Divorce Agreements?

Many people who divorce find it extremely difficult to adjust to a lifestyle in which everything has changed. Both halves of the couple usually experience a greatly reduced level of emotional and financial stability. And as if that wasn’t enough, discussions over child custody and the division of material possessions creates yet another source of

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Couple ‘Must Dissolve’ Civil Partnership To Get Married

A gay couple in a civil partnership have found that legal hurdles are preventing them from marrying as quickly as they wished. Paul and Michael Atwal-Brice, from Thurnscoe, near Barnsley, have been told that they must dissolve their partnership before being permitted to marry – or else wait an indeterminate amount of time for new legal

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Norway says date nights and counselling is the cure to flagging marriages

The Norwegian government has made a stand against increasing divorce rates in Norway by intervening in failing marriages and promoting ‘date nights’ and state funded couple counselling as a cure. The Guardian has reported that Norway’s Populist ruling party are concerned that Divorce rates in Norway are at 40%. Solveig Horne, the new minister for

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