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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Access rights mean my son is missing out on sport. What can I do?

Q:  My son has lived with me since I divorced his father when he was four years old. He is now fourteen. From the beginning the arrangement was that he would stay with his father every other weekend. However, since that arrangement was made his father has moved forty miles away and my son has developed a love for sport. This is causing arguments as my son wants to play in the school teams at weekends and do various other activities with his friends that his father refuses to take him to. His father says he has a right to stick to the access rights agreed in court but I feel my son is missing out on what he enjoys and is good at and wants to do. What should I do?

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Q&A - How can I get my husband to accept the marriage is over and move out?

Q.  I told my husband our marriage was over around a year ago but he is still sleeping in our bed. It isn’t too bad when he is working nights but when he is on days I am forced to sleep on the sofa. What can I do to get him out? He says he owns the house as much as me so he won’t leave.

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Q&A - What is meant by “A Nearest Relative?” in respect of a psychiatric patient?

Q: I was telephoned by a social worker to say my uncle is detained in a psychiatric hospital. I explained that I have had no contact with him for many years, though I was aware he suffers bouts of depression. I suggested I was not the best person to inform but she said this was standard procedure as I am his ‘Nearest Relative’.  What is the implication of this?.

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Q&A - Can Employment Agency withhold wages because manager didn’t sign my timesheet?

Q: I have been temping through an agency since finishing Uni last summer. In the run-up to Christmas the firm I was working at was super busy and I put in a lot of extra hours in the last week. When I asked the manager to sign my timesheet, however, he refused. He said it shouldn’t and couldn’t have taken me as long as I made out it had to do the job and that I was late starting. As a result of this the agency withheld payment of my wages completely. Can they legally do this?

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Q&A - Should I sign a Compromise Agreement offered by my employer?

Q: I started my job in 2012. Last year the boss’s nephew joined the business, doing the same job as me. In fact I trained him up. Next thing was the business wasn’t doing so well. Then when I went back after the Christmas holidays I was called in and told they were going to have to let me go.

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Q&A - Do illegitimate children have a right to claim against deceased father’s estate?

Q: My mother had an affair with my father when she worked for him. When I was born, my father provided for my mother and me, even paying for my private education, on the understanding that my mother agreed not to say anything to his family. I am now two years into six years’ training to become a vet. Two months ago, my father had a sudden heart attack and died aged 56. We have since found out that he had not made any provision for us in his Will, which could mean me having to give up my training. Could I and/or my mother challenge his Will?

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The mentally ill should be in hospital, not in prison, says leading mental health lawyer following inquest on prison suicide

On the day that it was announced a record number of people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016, a leading mental health lawyer declared “the mentally ill should be in hospital, not in prison”.

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Q&A - I want to protect my children’s inheritance, what can I do?

Q: I am in my 70s and have two adult children. My son is happily married, but my daughter has recently separated from her husband and is just beginning divorce proceedings. I want to leave my estate equally to my son and daughter, but am worried about my daughter’s divorce. Will her husband receive half her share and is there anything I can do to avoid it?

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Q&A - If I pay the deposit on our house, can I get a bigger share if we split up?

Q: My girlfriend and I are planning to buy a house together. To raise a substantial deposit I am going to sell the starter home I bought ten years ago. As my girlfriend will contribute equally to the mortgage and household bills, will she have an equal right to the property if we ever split up?

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Q&A - Can I apply for divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour if we are still living together?

Q: When my Mum wanted to divorce my Dad twenty years ago he wouldn’t accept the marriage was over and agree to anything, so Mum had to take out a two year legal separation first. During those two years we all lived in the same house, although Mum and Dad lived separately. After that Mum cited unreasonable behaviour. Sadly I am now in a similar situation with my husband but a friend has told me these days you cannot divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour if you carry on living in the same house. Is this right?

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