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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Son says father mistreats him when he has access. Can I refuse contact?

Q.  I separated from my husband last year and he has got a court order to see our son every week. My son has recently told me that his father is very often mean to him and if he does not do as he is told his father smacks him and locks him in his room. Can I stop the contact or will I be punished for breaching the Order?

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Q&A - Is it too late to make a claim on ex-husbands pension?

Q:  My ex-husband and I divorced amicably over ten years ago after twenty eight years of marriage. Our children had grown up and neither of us has ever remarried. When we divorced my husband said he would see me alright out of his pension if I was on my own when we got old, but there was no formal arrangement.

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Q&A - What rights does the Nearest Relative of a mental health detainee have?

Q: My son has been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act. I have been informed that I am his ‘Nearest Relative’. I disagree with his detention but don’t know if I have any rights to do anything about it. What do you advise?

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Q&A - Can I stop my cheating husband from losing his assets if I make him wait for a divorce?

Q: My husband has left me for another woman. I am so hurt and angry that I intend to make him wait the mandatory five years without consent to get a divorce. However, a friend has suggested that I may be doing myself a disservice as during those five years he could dispose of his assets and I would miss out in the financial settlement.

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Q&A - Can the doctors section me if I am a voluntary mental health patient?

Q:   My GP admitted me to hospital following depression after my son’s birth. I am receiving treatment but the doctors aren’t sure what my diagnosis is. I am currently an informal patient on the ward. I believe I am a lot better now but the doctors say they might section me because they’re worried about my health and safety. They think I am going to hurt myself. Can they section me?

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Q&A - Can I evict tenant if I am not registered as Landlord with Rent Smart Wales?

Q: I am a local landlord and recently gave notice to my tenant to vacate my property after 2 months as I believed I was entitled to do so. The notice has since expired but my tenant refuses to leave and says he has been told by the Council it is an invalid notice as I am not registered as a landlord with Rent Smart Wales. Is this correct?

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Q&A - If Local Authority writes to you about your children, see a solicitor immediately!

Q:  I have been given a letter from the Local Authority about my children. The letter says that I should ‘take this to a Solicitor’ and that there is an upcoming meeting. As I haven’t had much involvement with my children I cannot really understand why or how a meeting about them would involve me, although the letter does say there are concerns that the children aren’t attending at school. I’m worried because clearly I should be taking this to a solicitor, but I simply can’t afford the cost. Could you please point me in the right direction of someone who might be able to help?

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Q&A - Could employers sack me for claiming compensation for injury at work?

Q: I have had my job thirteen years. Six months ago, on my way to the warehouse toilets, a stack of heavy cardboard rolls leaning against a wall fell on me as I was squeezing past. I broke my elbow in two places. The fractures haven’t healed as anticipated and I am still in great pain and I’ve had to pay for private physio since the free NHS physio sessions stopped. I always got on with the bosses but they’ve kept a cool distance since my accident, probably because they are worried I will try and claim injury compensation. If I did make a claim, could they sack me?

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Q&A - Should I sign settlement agreement instead of taking employer to tribunal?

Q: I complained about my boss to his line manager because I felt he was bullying me. I was told to put my complaint in writing, which I did along with witness statements from colleagues who saw what had been happening. The boss said he would move me to a different department so it wouldn’t happen again but I said I didn’t want to do a different job, I just wanted no more bullying. When the line manager refused to take steps to reprimand my boss I threatened to take them to a tribunal. Now he’s trying to make me sign a settlement agreement and buy me off instead. What should I do?

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Q&A - Can I get a restrictive covenant removed from agricultural land?

Q: I would like to develop part of my smallholding for housing and in fact have had a couple of builders knocking on my door suggesting a joint venture with them. The problem is that there is a restrictive covenant on the land. Is it possible to get it removed and how would I go about it?

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