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Domestic abuse on the rise Domestic abuse is on the rise according to Refuge, the largest single provider of specialist domestic abuse services in the UK. The charity, which has been supporting women and children escaping domestic violence since 1971, has recorded an unprecedented increase in demand for its services. Domestic violence is a serious problem in the UK, with almost 1 in 4 women experiencing it during their lifetime, and 2 women being killed every week by their current or former partner. Since lockdown...

North Devon family lawyers, Slee Blackwell, are preparing for 'no-fault' divorce     Slee Blackwell Solicitors are leading North Devon family lawyers, dealing with divorce, separation and childcare law. Call our free legal helpline on 0808 139 1606 or send an email to us at [email protected]     Game changing 'no-fault' divorce is set to be introduced next year. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has already been passed by the House of Commons and looks set to become law in the autumn of 2021. The move to...

Barnstaple divorce solicitor, Paul Jordan, explains what is involved when you get divorced   If you are looking for an experienced Barnstaple divorce solicitor with an excellent track record then call Paul Jordan for a chat on 01271 372128, or email [email protected]   What is divorce? Starting with the basics, divorce is the legal process which ends a marriage, replacing your marriage certificate with a Decree Absolute. The legal process is started by the issue of a divorce Petition at your nearest regional processing centre. Do I...

What is the impact of coronavirus on divorce likely to be? Why rushing into a settlement during the pandemic could damage your financial health. One of the most common questions our family law team are being asked at the moment is, 'If I enter into a divorce settlement now, will I lose out?' The simple answer is that you might, according to Slee Blackwell’s divorce finance specialist solicitor, Paul Jordan. These are unprecedented times and any decisions which could effect your long-term financial security...

Family lawyer, Cathy O’Grady, looks at the latest news on child access as lockdown eases. We specialise in child access issues throughout Devon and Somerset. Call our legal helpline for free initial guidance and details of Legal Aid availability on 0808 139 1606 One of the many ways in which the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on our daily lives is in relation to childcare arrangements for separated parents. The crisis has prevented some parents meeting their legal obligations. Others have been unable to...

Family solicitor, Jen Law, looks at separation during Covid-19. Here is Jen's 'Lockdown Separation Survival Guide' COVID-19: unprecedented, worrying, financially and emotionally debilitating; and on top of that your relationship has come to an end. What can you do? The breakdown of a relationship is one of the most stressful and heart-breaking events we can experience.  But when it happens in a time when people are unable to visit friends and family for support, a cry or a hug, it's not surprising that...

Child arrangements during Coronavirus. We look at the impact of COVID-19 on child arrangements and access and consider whether they can be varied during the crisis. We are continuing to take on new cases, so if you require legal advice about child arrangements during Coronavirus then we are here to help. Call freephone 0808 139 1606 or email [email protected] We are all facing an unprecedented crisis at the moment which is impacting on everyone in so many different ways. One major worry for...

One of the most frequent questions family law specialist Cathy O'Grady is asked is, 'Can I get legal Aid?' In this article she looks at the circumstances where Legal Aid is available for those in need of family law advice in Barnstaple and North Devon.   Full Legal Aid funding Access to Legal Aid funding for family law has been restricted by the government in recent years. It is no longer sufficient to show that you have limited finances in order to qualify. The Legal Aid...

'Family Law on Demand' is a new, cost effective funding option in Family and Divorce cases. What is Family Law on Demand? For many people today the internet is their first port of call for advice and assistance, even in legal matters, including divorce. A quick Google (other search engines are available) will produce any number of sites telling you how to do your own divorce. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. They’re certainly cheap, but if they go wrong they will undoubtedly...

Our team of children law solicitors are often asked, 'Can I take my child abroad?' If you are planning to relocate to another country with a child, our specialist 'children law' solicitors are able to provide a personal, cost-effective service throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.  Our team of lawyers is highly experienced in this area of law and we are accredited members of the Law Society’s Children Panel. We represent parents who are planning to move abroad with their children for a range...