Treatment of domestic violence victims

Treatment of domestic violence victims

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show reported today (15.05.19) that more than 120 MPs have written to the government asking for an inquiry into how family courts in England and Wales treat victims of domestic violence. They report at least four children have been...
What should I do if I receive a PLO letter?

What should I do if I receive a PLO letter?

What is a PLO letter? PLO stands for ‘Public Law Outline’, a set of rules outlining the duties of the local authority when they are concerned about the welfare of the child and are considering making an application to the Court to request that the Court make an order...
No fault divorce is coming

No fault divorce is coming

The Government have announced today that they will be changing the law to allow no fault divorce.  This comes on the back of years of campaigning by Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of...
My ex-partner won’t leave me alone, what can I do?

My ex-partner won’t leave me alone, what can I do?

First things first, if you think you are at risk of harm, it is important that you inform the Police.  You may also be able to secure long-term protection by way of a Non-Molestation Order. What is a Non-Molestation Order? It is a civil Order which can prohibit a...

Legal aid for family law cases

“There is no legal aid in family cases anymore” – the incorrect myth that makes every family lawyer want to scream from the rooftops. Whilst the guidelines that govern family legal aid were drastically reformed in April 2013 by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment...
Contact rights of grandparents

Contact rights of grandparents

Grandparents Rights: The rights grandparents have for contact with their grandchildren is something that has become a topical issue again recently as it was raised in the Commons this week. The Children and Families Act 2014 inserted a presumption into the Children...
What is Arbitration?

What is Arbitration?

Arbitration offers a different way of resolving disputes. It is a form of dispute resolution where both parties to the dispute agree to arbitrate and the decision of the Arbitrator is contractually binding.  An Arbitrator is in effect a private Judge who can make...
The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019 – Firm of the Year

The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019 – Firm of the Year

Our family team were delighted to be recognised as the Firm of the Year (outside London) for their Private Client work helping families across the North East. Managing Partner Elspeth Thomson and Head of Family Lucy Mead received the award at a prestigious ceremony...
The end of cross-examination by perpetrators

The end of cross-examination by perpetrators

The government published the draft domestic abuse bill on the 21 January 2019. A number of measures are included in the bill including bring “economic abuse” into a statutory definition of domestic abuse and establishing a domestic abuse commissioner. Perhaps the most...
Separating: choosing the right process

Separating: choosing the right process

From 26 to 30 November 2018, Good Divorce Week will focus on how separating and divorcing couples can put their children’s needs first and limit the impact of any conflict. Resolution has timed this week to take place during the period for the government’s divorce law...
Ending the blame game

Ending the blame game

Good Divorce Week 2018- ending the Blame Game and putting children first. It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about children coming from a “broken home.” But when parents separate, if they deal with their separation issues well, children will maintain a strong sense...

Cross-examination by alleged offenders

In the Family Court, alleged offenders of domestic abuse are currently able to directly cross examine their victims. The All Parliamentary Working Group on Domestic Violence highlight that, ‘As well as being a traumatic experience for a survivor of domestic abuse,...