Scaiff LLP celebrate VE Day with Children’s Creative Competition
Scaiff LLP have launched a competition inviting children to get creative and celebrate VE Day, with a chance to win a £40 Hobbycraft voucher!
With children off school at the moment and with VE celebrations cancelled due to social distancing and lockdown, Scaiff wanted to offer something to bring families together and educate children on this momentous historical occasion and mark the 75th anniversary.
Government announces new Divorce Law to end the Blame Game
On 9 April 2019 the government announced the long awaited changes to divorce law. For too long, divorcing couples have had to blame the other’s behaviour, or adultery, if they did not want to wait two years with consent, or five years without.
The highly publicised case of Owens highlighted the difficulties couples faced. She had petitioned for divorce after 40 years of marriage on the grounds of her husband’s behaviour which she found unacceptable. The husband defended and the case went to the Supreme Court where her appeal was rejected because of the current law. This meant that she would have to wait until they have been separated for 5 years.
The most senior Judge in the UK, Baroness Hale, was involved in the case and called for the laws to be overhauled as they were unjust. A public consultation resulted and new legislation will now be introduced to Parliament updating our 50 year old divorce law.
The current regime has been shown to increase conflict in an already difficult and emotionally turbulent period. This can adversely impact any children. Justice Secretary David Gauke said:
“While we will always uphold the institution of marriage it cannot be right that our outdated law created or increases conflict between divorcing couples”
The new proposals include:
- Replacement of the need to provide evidence of ‘fact’ of behaviour or adultery with a statement of irretrievable breakdown being the sole ground for divorce
- Retention of the two stages of decree nisi and decree absolute and the minimum 6 weeks and 1 day between
- Introduction of a period of reflection with a 6 month time frame (20 weeks) from divorce petition to finalisation
- The option of a joint application for divorce
- Removal of defended divorce
Currently there are over 100,000 divorces in England and Wales each year (ONS2018) with behaviour being the most common fact. Statistics show that children are adversely affected. The impact is often felt in the wider family with children losing contact with the family of the parent they don’t live with. These changes hope to minimise that conflict and help families move forward in the most positive way possible.
Janice Leyland is a highly experienced family lawyer and a member of Resolution. Resolution members are committed to reducing conflict and agreeing to work in a non-confrontational way that puts the interests of children first.
If you are considering divorce, take specialist legal advice on your particular issues. As well as the divorce, there are arrangements for the children to be considered, and agreed where possible, and financial matters to be resolved. This can be complex and lengthy, and early advice is vital to protect your interests and ensure a fair outcome.
To discuss how we can help resolve your particular issues, please telephone for an appointment on 01905 727700 or email email@example.com.
We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for the Worcestershire Law Society Awards 2020.
The shortlisted nominees are Elizabeth Rimell for Solicitor of the year, Dawn Hodgkins for Administrator of the year and Georgia Watkins, Paralegal of the Year. The winner will be announced at the forthcoming Legal Awards dinner on the 7th May.
Fingers crossed and well done to all of those shortlisted!