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Benefits of Mediation for separating families

Jennifer Allen
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Every year Mediation Week 17-21 January 2022, lead by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) helps raise awareness of Family Mediation for those seeking a divorce.

Our aim is to let more people know about the benefits of family mediation and to encourage separating couples to think about family mediation as a way of helping them take control, make decisions together and build a positive future for them and their family. 

Abuse of Power of Attorney

Sophie  Hale
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In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in people making Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) to give decision making powers to trusted individuals (“attorneys”) in the event of loss of mental capacity. The government is now considering updating the paper-based process introduced in 2007, to a more modern, digital method whilst ensuring that appropriate safeguards are in place. A consultation process has taken place to examine the LPA making process. 

Giving Gifts Guide for Powers of Attorney

Sophie  Hale
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When a donor creates Lasting Powers of Attorney for property and financial affairs, they appoint attorneys who are given authority under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to make best interest decisions on behalf of the donor if the donor loses mental capacity to make decisions about their own money or property. 

Many attorneys, often acting on behalf of a family member, will be unaware of the rules regarding making gifts on behalf of the donor generally but especially at Christmas. The Office of the Public Guardian has recently released new guidance on this topic which is summarised below.

What to expect in your first meeting with a family solicitor

Louise Rhys-Thomas
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Many of our clients are understandably apprehensive about their first meeting with a family solicitor to discuss a divorce, relationship breakdown or issues about children. 

We know that talking about your private life, finances and children can be difficult, and we aim to deal with all your concerns and fears sensitively and empathetically. What you discuss with your solicitor is confidential. Rest assured, you will never be judged, whatever your circumstance. I do not think it is possible to shock a family solicitor!

The Myth of Common Law Marriage: Cohabiting Couples

Julie Bennett
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‘Given that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in England, it is surprising that they do not share the same legal rights as others.’

Caroline Nokes, chair of the Women and Equalities Committees. 

A recent inquiry of The Women and Equalities Committee has found that the number of cohabitating partners in England and Wales is rising with over 3.4 million partners currently cohabitating in 2020. This is an increase from 1.5 million in 1996 which makes it a popular family unit in today’s society. 

Divorce: How to embrace a child focused approach

Jennifer Allen
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This week is Good Divorce Week 2021 (29 Nov - 3 Dec). Every year this campaign starts important conversations around divorce and separation. It is organised by Resolution, a community of family justice professionals aiming to resolve separation issues in a constructive way and delivering better outcomes for their clients.

Resolution found that, two thirds of separated parents surveyed ahead of this week’s Good Divorce Week, said they lacked help or advice about how to put children first when they split from their partner.

This year Hughes Paddison and other Resolution members are helping to raise awareness about how parents can embrace a child-focused approach to separation.

Nuisance neighbours and doorbell cameras

Andrew Turner
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With the advent of Wi-Fi enabled home security cameras which are cheap to buy and easy to install our neighbourhoods are more watched than ever. 

But what happens if your cameras can pick up on your neighbours’ movements and record their conversations? Users should be aware that if their video and audio recordings capture their neighbours then there is a risk of being served with Court proceedings by a neighbour fed up with being monitored. 

How is "parental responsibility" obtained and when does it end?

Emma O'Brien
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Emma O’Brien explores how parental responsibility is obtained, who can have it and when it ends. In the recent case of D v E (termination of parental responsibility) [2021] EWFC 37 (referred to below as D v E ) the Court terminated the Parental...

Stamp Duty Land Tax: How much do you have to pay now?

Paul Harris
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Stamp Duty Land Tax (‘SDLT’) is a self-assessment tax paid on property purchases and is payable by everyone purchasing a residential or non-residential property in England and Northern Ireland, including overseas buyers, corporate bodies and...

Disinherited adult children: estranged and left empty-handed?

Victoria Raven
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It is not uncommon for adult children who have been estranged from their parents to be left out of their parents’ Will. However, if that child believes they should have been reasonably provided for, there may be hope by way of a claim brought under the...

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