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DIY family law set to increase but beware!


From April 2013 it is anticipated that more people will feel compelled to represent themselves (litigants in person) in family law matters as public funding will no longer be available in the majority of cases. Recent evidence suggests that the number of litigants in person approaching lawyers for help after proceedings that have not produced the hoped for result has and will increase.

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Child custody, contact, residence and parental responsibility - explained !


Some of the most sensitive issues to address upon a relationship breakdown are those relating to children. Many people often refer to ‘custody’, however, this is not a legal term recognised in the courts of England and Wales. Instead the courts refer to Residence (with whom the child should live), Contact (time spent with the non-resident parent) and Parental Responsibility (rights and responsibilities relating to the child).

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The Myth of the Common-Law Spouse


Over recent years an increasing number of people are choosing to live with one another and start a family without getting married. However, many cohabitants are under the misconception that they have rights as a “common-law spouse”. This popular myth has proven difficult to dispel particularly as many insurance companies and the like refer to “common-law spouse” as a relationship status.

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Keeping divorce cases out of Court:


The Family Justice Review has reinforced its implicit suggestion that Lawyers should not take an adversarial approach first by looking to Court action. Rather, such an approach should be reversed: Mediation first – Lawyers and Court second.

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