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What is an occupation order?

Beth Goodall

Posted by Beth Goodall | Paralegal
On 13th June 2018

You can obtain an occupation order under the Family Law Act 1996. It confers, declares, restricts or regulates rights of occupation in the family home.

There are five different sections under which an application for an occupation order can be made…

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What are Grandparents legal rights to see grandchildren?

Remyhs Baker

Posted by Remyhs Baker | Solicitor
On 4th June 2018

Sometimes breakdown in relationships can result in children missing out on seeing grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family members. This can have a detrimental impact on children who have a close bond with their family members, especially grandparents.

As family law solicitors we often get approached by grandparents asking what their rights are when it comes to seeing their grandchildren. It is important to point out that the current law does not give grandparents an automatic legal right to see their grandchildren. But, this does not mean there are no options. Grandparent can ask the court for permission (leave) to apply for a child arrangements order giving them time with their grandchildren.

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Why outdated divorce law need to change?

Teena Dhanota-Jones

Posted by Teena Dhanota-Jones | Partner
On 18th May 2018

Yesterday, the matter of Owen v Owen [2017] EWCA Civ 182 was heard before the Supreme Court.

Mrs Owen issued a divorce petition citing that the marriage had irretrievably broken down on the ground “that the respondent has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent”. The current procedure for divorce, includes a section entitled “statement of case”. In this section the party issuing the petition must detail why he/she cannot live with their spouse. Mrs Owen detailed the following:

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Why a Divorce can be the same as a bereavement and the importance of listening to your solicitor

Teena Dhanota-Jones

Posted by Teena Dhanota-Jones | Partner
On 11th May 2018

When you go through a divorce it is commonly acknowledged that the stages can mirror that of a bereavement. People can go through similar stages which such as: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Unsurprisingly, when a long-term relationship deteriorates and breaks down, those affected experience similar emotions. The issue which I commonly see is that unfortunately, it’s rare for both parties to reach the same stage of grief at the same time. One might be at ‘anger’, while the other has ‘accepted’ the relationship has ended. This can make it very difficult for them both to engage in constructive negotiations.

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