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Woman awaits sentencing after clearing ex-partners house of all belongings

According to press reports this morning, a woman from Swindon is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of theft for emptying out her ex-partner’s house of all belongings, including carpets.

According to the report, the woman arranged for a removal company to strip the property bare after discovering that her partner had been using various internet sites to search for other women, behind her back.

The case acts as a warning of how relationship disputes can have serious…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 11, 2014 — Defero Law

'15,000 Kids and Counting' The Challenges of Adoption

The Channel 4 documentary 15,000 Kids and Counting aired last Thursday night and prompted interesting discussion and debate across all sides.

It showed 3 cases of children being placed for adoption after being removed from their parents from the point of view of the parents, the child and the social workers.

An active Twitter stream highlighted the emotive and controversial…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 7, 2014 — Defero Law

Separating Couples with Children Face Challenging Decisions

One of the most challenging decisions for separating couples can be the arrangements for their children following a split.



Many are concerned primarily with the way in which a child’s time will be divided as between their homes, meaning that other aspects of a child’s care and upbringing can be overlooked, until the time they arise.



CAFCASS have for quite some time had a Parenting Plan booklet for use by separated parents, which helps them work through the various issues…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 7, 2014 — Defero Law

Judgement Paves the Way for Disabled Children and Their Families

Maxwell Gillott acted for the successful appellants in the case of WH v Warrington, a case which has major implications for disabled children and children with severe special educational needs.

The case concerned a boy, B, with severe learning difficulties whose parents felt his needs were not being met at the day school where he was placed by the local…

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Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on April 2, 2014 — Defero Law

Rise in Same Sex Couples Using Fertility Treatments

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) issued a report last week on “Trends and Figures” in fertility treatments, which shows a significant increase in the number of same-sex couples starting families using fertility treatments.

The report suggests that the number of female same-sex couples seeking IVF has increased by one third over the year covered by the report, with donor inseminations up by 20%. The report also shows that 2% of all babies born in the UK were…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 1, 2014 — Defero Law

Cohabitation before marriage does not cause Divorce

According to a new scientific survey, cohabitation before marriage does not affect a couple’s prospects of getting Divorced.

The study was carried out by sociologist Arielle Kuperberg from the University of Carolina and involved comparing relationships using the length of time that couples had lived together before marriage, instead of the age when they moved in together. Data collected by the US government’s National Survey of…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on March 11, 2014 — Defero Law

The Trials & Tribulations of Teenager & Parent Disputes

The Metro yesterday featured a US case in which a 19 year old is suing her parents for monthly maintenance and payment of private school fees after leaving home.

The background to the case is that the teenager, described as "spoilt" in Court moved out in a backlash against chores and curfews but cannot fund an independent lifestyle and education, which is why she is asking the Court to make her parents pay.

Her claims were dismissed at an initial hearing, amid fears expressed…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on March 7, 2014 — Defero Law

Thinking of Separating? Why Family Mediation Is Worth Considering

During their recent separation Kris Jenner, mother to Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, said that she and Bruce Jenner were still "best friends.“ The Kardashian matriarch was promoting the ninth season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and Kris had nothing but good things to say about her husband, whom she separated from in October after 22 years of marriage.

“We’re best friends. I mean, we talk all the time," Jenner told host Carson Daly of the US Today programme. "Right now,…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on March 7, 2014 — Defero Law

The Dangers of DIY Surrogacy Arrangements

Many news outlets have reported on the outcome of DIY surrogacy arrangements gone wrong, and warned of the dangers of informal surrogacy.

The couple used the husband's sperm to inseminate a family friend at home, without the assistance of a registered clinic or surrogacy agreement. They then failed to apply for a parental order within the strict time limits and subsequently separated.

The situation left the commissioning mother with no legal or biological link to the child and…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on March 7, 2014 — Defero Law

The Law Commission’s Proposals Herald a Golden Age for Prenuptial Agreements and DIY Divorce. Or Do They?

The last few days have seen a surge in interest in the possibility of pre-nuptial agreements becoming binding and the effect that that might have on the use of divorce lawyers versus DIY divorce solutions.

The Law Commission’s Proposals

First came the Law Commission’s recommendation on 27 February that ‘qualifying nuptial…

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Added by Chris McIntosh on March 5, 2014 — Defero Law

Family Law Solicitor discusses common issues surrounding Surrogacy

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 of potential complications…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on February 14, 2014 — Defero Law

Jailed for contempt! - Child Abduction – withhold information as to the child’s whereabouts and a custodial sentence awaits you!

I have recently been dealing with children cases involving contempt of Court, which as many people know is more often than not dealt with by the Courts by imposing a custodial sentence.

Contempt of Court is an interference with the administration of justice. This may take several forms but each of them will result in justice itself not being properly carried out. It is for this reason that contempt of Court is seen as such a serious offence and which can result in a custodial…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on February 11, 2014 — Defero Law

Relocating Your Child/Children to Another Country

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 if either parent wishes to return to their country of origin and take the child with them, and it's probably no co-incidence that in recent years, Poland has also…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on February 5, 2014 — Defero Law

Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd & Ors 2013 - The Veil of Incorporation

For over 100 years it has been a fundamental principle of corporate law that a company is a separate legal entity, distinct and separate from its shareholders. As a separate legal entity, a company is treated like any other person with its own property, rights and liabilities. This principle is colloquially known as the “veil of incorporation”. The courts have often been asked to consider the situations in which the veil of incorporation can be disregarded or “pierced”. Typically these cases…

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Added by Lanyon Bowdler on January 31, 2014 — Defero Law

DIY Paternity Tests - Do You Know The Facts?

The Sun featured an article yesterday on the increase in people using DIY DNA-test kits at home and research questioning their accuracy and use for various purposes.

One of the main uses of such kits, which can cost up to £350 is to establish paternity. Many people do not realise however the importance of ensuring that the test is done in accordance with a strict procedure to minimise the chances of mistakes happening. In addition, people can be caught out paying for these tests, only…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 29, 2014 — Defero Law

Good News For Wives Seeking a Fair Settlement in Divorce

Finally some good news this week for wives seeking a fair settlement in Divorce. In a case known as R v R, the Court were dealing with an application for a freezing order.

The injunction included a clause which restrained the husband from directly or indirectly engaging in any business that competed with the family company or soliciting customers from or attempting to sell or provide similar…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 29, 2014 — Defero Law

Why is Legal Aid for Mediation Not Taking Off?

The government is really pushing mediation into the limelight by announcing they are funnelling more funds into the initiative. Despite this, mediation is not the hot option that they anticipated. Couples are clogging up the courts and running away from mediation regardless of legal aid being provided for this option. So, why is mediation not taking off?

What Do The Figures Show?

The number of couples taking advantage of state funded mediation fell by a third in 2012 and…

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Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on January 29, 2014 — Defero Law

Why is Legal Aid for Mediation Not Taking Off?

The government is really pushing mediation into the limelight by announcing they are funnelling more funds into the initiative. Despite this, mediation is not the hot option that they anticipated. Couples are clogging up the courts and running away from mediation regardless of legal aid being provided for this option. So, why is mediation not taking off?

What Do The Figures Show?

The number of couples taking advantage of state funded mediation fell by a third in 2012 and…

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Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on January 29, 2014 — Defero Law

Family Solicitor discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using McKenzie Friends

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 McKenzie Friend and no form of vetting or regulation. Whilst some offer an extremely useful service, there have been increasing concerns that some use…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 28, 2014 — Defero Law

Family Law Solicitor comments on a couple’s turbulent Divorce proceedings

A divorcing couple have been strongly urged by a High Court Judge to end their legal dispute before their legal fees reach an even more eye watering level.

The couple have already spent £1 million in legal fees despite the court proceedings having only just commenced.

Nicholas Francis QC, who was hearing the matter, had dealt with a preliminary issue to determine whether the parties’ shares in the family business were held on trust for their son, and his advice to the parties…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 27, 2014 — Defero Law

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