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Residence – the new nine tenths of the law?

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On 7th January 2016

The proposal by the government to introduce a residence test to determine whether individuals qualify for civil legal aid is back on the agenda after a recent ruling in the Court of Appeal. In order to satisfy the test, an individual would have to prove the following;

They are lawfully resident (expressly defined as meaning those who require leave to enter or remain must have it) on the day the application for civil legal service is made;
In the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory;
Have resided for a period of 12 months at any time in the past from the date of the application (excluding absences of up to 30 days)

The exceptions to this are if the individual is less than 12 months old or within the armed forces…

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After celebrations, divorce may follow!

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On 5th January 2016

January is notoriously a busy time for divorce lawyers as the Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations come to an end. Spending time with loved ones can sharpen our focus that actually you no longer want to be with the person you were in love with, all those years ago…

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