GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Do I have a legal right to see my granddaughters?

Q: Since my son died I have helped with my grand-daughters, regularly collecting them from school and having them in the holidays. Last year my daughter-in-law met someone who lives down south and she is talking about moving down there. I now only see the girls when it suits her. She takes them down south most weekends and the boyfriend and his parents clearly want the girls to break ‘the tie’ they have with me. I am worried that once they move I won’t see them. Do I have any legal right to access?

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Q&A - My ex has been charged with drug offences. Can I stop him seeing our kids?

Q. I recently found out my ex has been found guilty of possession of cannabis. There is a Court order saying he can see our children every other week. Can I stop him from seeing them?

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Q&A - What pitfalls should farmers look out for following the Summer Budget?

Q: On the surface it looks as if the Summer Budget has brought good news for us farmers with regard to some of the inheritance issues that often stop children from wanting to take over a farm. But as I’m a natural cynic I’m wondering whether there are any catches I should be aware of?

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Q&A - How can I go about challenging my mother's will?

Q: My mother and I fell out over my boyfriend, who is now my fiancé. She has not had anything to do with me for more than three years and I have heard she has changed her Will so that my fiancé cannot benefit from her estate.  I am an only child and I hope one day to have her grandchildren, but I am told she wants her estate divided between her next door neighbour, who has looked after her since she had a stroke last year, and the children of a friend whom she refers to as ‘my surrogate grandchildren’. Could I challenge her Will? And how?

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Q&A - Does mediation just sort out divorce issues or are child arrangements decided then too?

Q: I understand that nowadays you can’t apply to the divorce court for a Financial Order unless you have gone through mediation, but what happens about children? Are arrangements for them made during mediation? How are they governed? Do children have to attend the mediation sessions?

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Property Department Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join us here at GHP Legal – a Legal 500 practice.  A vacancy has occurred in our Oswestry branch for a property solicitor, legal executive or licensed conveyancer to join our property team.

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Q&A - Can I charge my ex's new partner rent if he moves into our family home with her?

Q: I am married with a 3-year old son but my wife and I are separated. My wife lives with our son in our property we bought in joint names and I still pay the mortgage as she is not working. Now she has met someone else, who wants to move in with her. I am not happy about this as I am struggling financially. Could I charge my wife’s new partner rent as I own half the house and pay the mortgage?

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Q&A - Does a stepfather have any legal financial responsibility for his stepchildren?

Q:  I love my girlfriend a lot but she has two children by someone who has long since disappeared off the scene and doesn’t have any contact with them or pay any maintenance for them. I am worried that if I marry her and things don’t work out I might have to pay maintenance for her children, yet their father could come back at any time and decide he wants to renew contact. Can you confirm the situation please?

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Q&A - My step-mother inherited everything from my father and then left it to her children. Can I challenge her will?

Q: After my mother died my father married an old family friend who had had a difficult time bringing up four children on her own after a messy divorce from a husband who was a gambler. I know my father was anxious to ensure she was well provided for if anything happened to him but it came as a shock to find when he died in 2012 that he had left absolutely everything to her in his will. Now she has died and has left everything to her own children, including the family home where I was born. Can I challenge my step-mother’s will?

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