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Warning over ‘Misuse’ of Domestic Violence Defence

Amendments made by the Government to criminalise coercive and controlling patterns of behaviour and psychological abuse in relationships have been welcomed by domestic violence charity, Women’s Aid. However, the charity has warned that the defence included in the offence could too easily be manipulated by perpetrators.

Raising Awareness of Child Abduction

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recently come together with charity Reunite to help raise awareness of the issue of international parental child abduction.

Season's Greetings from Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors

Season’s Greetings and our very best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year from everyone at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors.If you require any legal representation over the festive period, please contact us through our online contact form. We are open throughout Christmas and New Year and will be on hand to provide legal advice online, or by calling 01483 610 766

Converting Civil Partnership into Marriage

A change in the law came into force on 10th December, giving couples in a civil partnership the right to convert this into a marriage.

Family Carers Discriminated Against

A new survey by charity Grandparents Plus has found that many kinship carers and the children they look after are discriminated against by public officials and other parents.

Financial Troubles Can Follow a Relationship Split

Britons are turning to credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans following a relationship break-up, according to the findings of a new survey.

Criminalising Parental Child Abduction by Retention

UK charity reunite International Child Abduction Centre has welcomed a recommendation by the Law Commission that parental child abduction by retention should be criminalised.

Charity Calls On Politicians for Domestic Violence Commitment

Domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has called on all politicians to commit to answering the charity’s SOS campaign call for specialist refuges.

“Myth Busting” Guide on Adoption Published

Over the past few years there has a rise in adoption to record levels, with an increase of 63% in just three years, charity Adoption UK has said. This means thousands more children have found permanent and loving homes through a faster adoption system.

More Separating Couples to Receive Free Mediation

Free mediation is to be made available to more couples who are going through a separation, the Government has announced.

Supporting Separating Couples and Parents

A new package of support aimed at helping people in the family and civil justice system has been announced by the Government.

Children's Relationship with Separated Parents

A new law came into force on 22nd October that reinforces the importance of children having relationships with each parent following family breakdown.

Concerns over Rise in Special Guardianship Orders

Fostering and adoption charity TACT has expressed concern over a sharp rise in the use of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) in England.

New National Standards for Family Court Experts

New national standards designed to raise the quality of expert witness evidence in family court cases and speed up proceedings became law on 1st October 2014.

Survey Reveals Shocking Extent of Domestic Violence

A recent survey conducted by YouGov has revealed that as many as one in three women in Britain have been the victim of domestic violence.

Lack of Support for Children Returning Home from Care

The Government is spending £300 million a year as a result of the breakdown of children's return home from care, according to new research commissioned by the NSPCC.

Divorce Settlement Case to go to Supreme Court

A woman who is attempting to have her divorce settlement set aside on the grounds of dishonesty has won the right to take her case to the Supreme Court, reports the Daily Mail.

Charity Campaigns over Loss of Domestic Violence Refuges

Domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has launched an SOS campaign, calling on the Government to commit to a national funding solution for specialist refuges for women survivors of domestic violence.

Government Action to Tackle Family Breakdown

The Prime Minister David Cameron has set out a number of new measures to help families, including helping new parents, supporting couples to stay together and addressing the underlying causes of family breakdown. 

Child Maintenance System Fees Come into Effect

New enforcement fees for people using the Child Maintenance Service Collect and Pay system came into effect on 11th August this year.

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