It's so good for women to be recognised

We should always be prepared to stand up and make a difference. That's what I try and do for my clients every day.  I specialises in care proceedings, female genital mutilation orders and probate work. For International Women's Day 2021, Helen spoke to Sacco Mann about the effects of the pandemic upon women.

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Legal Aid the ‘ins and outs’ Explained

In the past, Legal Aid was available for all types of family law matters but this changed in 2013, when new rules were introduced. Legal aid is available in family law matters involving Domestic Abuse, Cases with Social Service involvement, Forced Marriage Protection Orders and Cases involving Child Abduction.

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Banks v Goodfellow - mental capacity when making a will

Banks v Goodfellow is a historic case dating back to 1870 but it is has been used as the basis for modern law: The Mental Capacity Act 2015 which states that a person is considered to have mental capacity when writing a will unless it can be proven otherwise. John Banks had mental health problems and spent time in an asylum for some years. 

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Non Accidental Injury of Children

Anyone with children will know that they can acquire a multitude of cuts, bruises and other injuries very easily through play, rough and tumble. The idea of being accused of harming your child is a nightmare scenario for parents, but for some it can become a painful reality if their child has cuts, bruises or other physical injuries that cannot be explained. In these cases, parents can be accused of inflicting non-accidental injuries.

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Divorce award lost on legal fees due to irresponsible conduct

It is important to make sure that financial affairs are settled quickly and are informed as the High Court divorce case of MB v EB demonstrates. The wife in this case was extremely wealthy and her husband was a struggling artist. There were no children involved. They had a separation agreement in place which provided the husband with £245,000 so that he could purchase a property and a further £35,000 to live on.

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Coronation Street storyline highlights coercion

Viewers of Coronation Street have been shocked at the abuse that Yasmeen has been suffering from Geoff. This is an example of coercive and controlling behaviour, one type of domestic abuse that is increasingly being recognised, and it is striking a chord with victims up and down the country who may not have realised previously that they too were in an abusive relationship.

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Divorce- Ending the ‘Blame Game’

Justice Secretary David Gauke announced 8th April 2019 that the law will be changed to allow couples to divorce on the grounds that the marriage has broken down without having to make accusations of wrongdoing by one party. At present the law is very black and white, leading to a position where, unless there has been a period of separation of at least two years, one party is at blame and the other party is the victim. 

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Unrepresented Parents are they treated differently?

Just last week it was reported that government data revealed that 23,881 parents who applied for child arrangements orders in 2017 had no legal representation, up 134% since 2011. This can be associated with the legal aid cuts of 2013, making litigants in person an everyday occurrence, especially in family law. 

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