15th January 2021
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If you and your former partner are thinking of separating and/or getting a divorce, it is likely that you will need to make arrangements and agreements for the future. Family mediation can assist with this by ensuring that any issues that arise on separation are resolved in an amicable and constructive manner, avoiding the need…
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Family Mediation Week will be taking place from 18 to 22 January 2021 in order to raise awareness of family mediation and how it can help separating families to manage their issues both collaboratively and productively. The campaign is organised by the Family Mediation Council, which is a not-for-profit organisation that maintains a professional register…
13th January 2021
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If the seller dies between exchange of contracts and completion of the transaction, the contract remains valid and the benefit and burden will pass to the seller’s Personal Representatives (Executors if the seller made a Will or Administrators if the seller died intestate i.e. without a Will). The practical situation for dealing with completion varies…
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Yes, stalking is increasingly being recognised as a form of domestic abuse within the criminal justice system and most stalking offences are committed by former partners. In 2019 to 2020, 2,288 charges were brought for stalking, more than double the number of charges brought five years ago. This is because stalking is increasingly recognised as…
11th January 2021
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What is child maintenance? Child maintenance payments meet a child’s day-to-day living expenses, one-off expenses and housing costs following parental separation. Child maintenance is regular payments made by the parent with whom the child does not live (commonly referred to as the non-resident parent) to the person or parent with care (often referred to as…
21st December 2020
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If you are too ill, mentally, or physically, to manage your finances or make key decisions, the tool that lets your family step in and help is the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). This doesn’t mean they can take over your life – they can make decisions for you only when you can’t do that…
15th December 2020
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You may be tempted to use an online Will template and save the cost of going to a solicitor. The problem with that is, that there is a good chance you will cost your family much, much more than you save in solicitor’s fees. A recent survey shows that 38,000 families a year suffer because…
14th December 2020
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What is parental alienation? While there is no single definition, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) recognise parental alienation as “when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent”. It is one of a number of reasons…
11th December 2020
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If you can’t make decisions about your own medical treatment because you are too ill, mentally or physically, only a Lasting Power of Attorney lets your family step in and speak up for you. Some of our new clients have told us that since March they have found it difficult to get things done elsewhere….
8th December 2020
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Christmas is a special time of year for families, especially children. This year will be unlike any other due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting national restrictions. As people want to be with their friends and family over Christmas, particularly after such a difficult year, the Government has changed some social contact restrictions for…