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  Watching The Detectives…Going Out Of Fashion  

It is a plot familiar to many movies and novels: a spouse determined to prove their partner’s infidelity hires a private detective to come up with the evidence. Not so long ago, of course, such a turn of events was not merely the stuff of fiction but many a court case in this country. In […]

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  The Surprising Surge of the “Silver Singles”  

In the relatively recent past, to the younger generation, anybody over the age of 50 was considered rather old or, to use one colloquialism, “getting on”. However, whereas they might commonly have been considered to be heading for their dotage, successive studies have shown that they have, in fact, been “getting on” with their lives […]

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  The Consequences of Court Attempts to Defuse Divisive Division Discussions  

One of the fundamental elements of divorce is dividing the assets built up by a couple over the course of a marriage, no matter how long or short it may have been. The realisation that their relationship has failed may be dealt with by many men and women, if not amicably, then almost in a […]

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  Let The Children Speak: Parents, Courts and Child Arrangement Orders  

There is, out of necessity, something very grown-up about the law. The sense of formality is arguably most evident at court, where the language and procedures can seem daunting to adults. Even so, we mustn’t forget that courts across England and Wales deal with thousands of matters each week which impact directly on the lives […]

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  Contact, Conflict and Changes in Court Convention  

The domestic court system has experienced significant changes in recent years aimed at tackling the large number of cases before it and the limited resources to deal with them. One of the most substantial was the introduction of cuts to the Legal Aid budget in April 2013 which ministers reckoned would reduce the amount of […]

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  Public Interest, Private Lives and Broken Marriages  

Glancing across the pages of our national newspapers and lifestyle magazine, it might come as a surprise to learn that the vast majority of divorces are concluded without the kind of fireworks which take up so many column inches. Even so, the process is not without its physical and emotional stresses and strains for spouses, […]

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  News: Female Domestic Violence Convictions Reach Record High  

With the focus of domestic violence usually highlighting female victims and male abusers, recent research has placed male victims in the spotlight, finding that the number of women convicted of domestic violence has trebled within the last decade. This report emphasises the seriousness of domestic violence across the UK, and the need for steps to […]

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  Divorce: The Psychological Toll on Children  

Divorce rates have fallen dramatically over the past 40 years. Many commentators have attributed this to the increase in pre-marriage cohabitation, claiming that it helps couples to strengthen their relationship before going on to tie the knot. Even so, divorce is still common in Britain today, and the psychological toll that it can have on […]

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  Hall Brown appoints three more family law specialists  

We have brought in three more expert solicitors to strengthen our fast-growing team. All three worked alongside us at JMW Solicitors, and as well as specialising in all aspects of family law they each have their own areas of interest within it. Eleanor Aguirre, Senior Associate Solicitor Eleanor has more than five years of experience […]

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