family law

UK Child Sex Abuse Trafficking Doubles: Who’s To Blame?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 20, 2014 Law

The National Crime Agency today confirmed that the number of UK-born children thought to have been trafficked for sexual exploitation more than doubled last year. It’s unclear whether they were being taken out of the country or moved within the UK. People were thought to have been trafficked for various reasons, including sexual exploitation and […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses common issues surrounding Surrogacy

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 17, 2014 Law

We have previously explained on this blog the complexities involved in Surrogacy arrangements, and why it is important to obtain legal advice before entering into such arrangements. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has this week issued guidance stressing that such advice is vital for couples considering foreign surrogacy arrangements, due to the increased number […]

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Put a Ring on It (But Only if it’s a Good Ring & You Ask Nicely)

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 6, 2014 Law

The Daily Mail reports that 1 in 5 brides to be are disappointed by the  proposal by their future husbands, be it as a result of a substandard ring, no  ring at all or a lack of ‘romance’ in the proposal. A huge 13% of those surveyed said the proposal had been so  disappointing they […]

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Relocating Your Child/Children to Another Country

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 5, 2014 Law

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that 25% of babies born in England & Wales are to women who were born overseas, with women from Poland being the most common, constituting 20,495 births of the 724,000 in 2011. As we have discussed previously on our blog, there can be legal complications […]

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Rise in Couples Choosing to Divorce after Less Than a Year Together

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 3, 2014 Law

In my experience some couples rush into marriage without considering the  financial consequences that marriage can bring. Couples can get swept away with  the romance of marriage and some turn their focus away from the relationship  towards creating a fairy tale wedding. Having a “perfect” wedding can be  expensive and this can put financial strain […]

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Family Solicitor discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using McKenzie Friends

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 28, 2014 Law

It has been announced that the Legal Services Consumer Panel is to conduct research into McKenzie Friends, who assist people in running their cases, and in particular, those which charge for the service. Over the last few years, the number of McKenzie Friends has increased significantly. There are no qualifications needed to act as a […]

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Can Divorce Be Dare We Ask………Nice?

by Zelick Glimelstein January 23, 2014 Divorce

Not everybody goes for the jugular when filing for divorce. Don’t get us wrong, some do. Some do with a vengeance, but others seem to find a way to Part Company peacefully. Take the recent announcement from Hollywood hunk Orlando Bloom, and his Australian model wife Miranda Kerr. A few short days ago they announced […]

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Couples must consider Mediation before Divorcing

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 22, 2014 Law

Under new laws separating couples will have to attend a mediation appointment called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting from April following reforms included in the Children and Families Bill. This will apply in all disputes about the children or finances and couples will only be exempt in situations where there is evidence of domestic […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses Compulsory Mediation

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 8, 2014 Law

It has been reported in today’s press that new laws are due to be announced that will mean thousands of couples who Separate each year will have to consider mediation before they apply to court. In reforms included in the Children and Families Bill, a parent seeking a court order to resolve a dispute over […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses Contact Orders in relation to Children

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 7, 2014 Law

A piece of research has been released this week by the Nuffield Foundation on the effectiveness of provisions designed to secure compliance with contact orders. The research is the first time that the measures, brought in approximately 5 years ago, have been assessed and their effectiveness analysed. Non-compliance with contact orders is still a significant […]

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