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Our family law specialists regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01616 966 229.

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How can I stop my ex-partner making continuous applications to the family court?

Emma Roberts
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The court often sees parents make repeated applications in relation to their children, not because they believe that those applications are in the child’s interest, but because they use the repeated applications as a continuous form of control,...

What is a section 20 agreement?

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A section 20 agreement is not a court order. It relates to the local authority requesting your consent for your child or children to reside elsewhere, often in foster care, but occasionally with family or friends as well. Under section 20 of the...

Dealing with arrangements for your children at Christmas

Nicola Horrocks
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The law does not contain any specific provision for Christmas arrangements. The court would recommend that separated parents try to reach an agreement between themselves about who a child should spend Christmas with. The court system should only be used as...

What is shaken baby syndrome?

Nicola Clayton
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At Stephensons we have extensive experience in our family law department of dealing with cases where the local authority have become involved due to allegations of physical abuse to children. One key area that can be complex is that commonly known as...

When can social services remove a child from the care of their parents?

Nicola Horrocks
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Social services, also known as the local authority, will usually only take a child away from their parents if they believe that the child is at risk of significant harm suffering harm or neglect in their current circumstances. They are obliged to...

Crisis in the family court system

Victoria Gethin
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The Law Society has reported that tens of thousands of children are being left in limbo by a crisis in the family court system as a result of care proceedings and parental separation cases taking more than a year to resolve with data from the Children...

Pets and divorce - a guide to who keeps the family pet when separating

Emma Roberts
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For many people a pet is another member of their family unit. As a result, it can be a very emotional and difficult decision as to how the future care of any pet shall be determined when couples separate.  With pet ownership increasing during...

New capital gains tax legislation for divorcing couples

Emma Roberts
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6th April 2023 marked new CGT legislation that enables those going through divorce or civil partnership dissolution significant assistance in separating their assets as tax efficiently as possible.   Capital gains tax (CGT) can arise on the...

How should you respond to the initial letter from your estranged spouse/partner?

Emma Roberts
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The first letter anyone receives from a solicitor is so important – and without a doubt this cannot be more truthful than when a relationship is ending. It brings with it through your letter box, all the emotion and realisation that you are actually...

Moving to a new country with your child after separation

Rachel Benett
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As the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, opportunities to relocate overseas are becoming a reality again. For some, the opportunity could arise from a transfer through work, others may have always had dreams of moving abroad, and others may wish to...

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