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35% increase in divorce enquiries – but is lockdown the real cause?

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Lockdown measures put in place by the Government during the coronavirus pandemic have meant many families, across the world, have spent significantly more time together than they usually would. This will, understandably, put a strain on many relationships during this difficult and unusual time.

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Legal aid means testing for victims of domestic abuse desperately needs reform

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With a victim of domestic abuse bringing her case to the High Court to demand a judicial review of legal aid criteria, Zoe Robinson explains why change is needed.

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Domestic Abuse during coronavirus lockdown: what help is available?

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Recently there has been a notable rise in levels of domestic abuse. MPs across the political parties have demanded that an action plan aimed at tackling these increased levels is implemented urgently, warning that without intervention, society will be dealing with the consequences for a generation.

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What The Coronavirus Act 2020 means for society’s most vulnerable

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The Coronavirus bill introduces a wide variety of emergency powers that are set to have a huge impact on support for disabled people, their carers, and their families.

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Domestic abuse during Coronavirus lockdown – legal support and guidance is here

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Contributing authors: Katherine Lauder

As social distancing and self-isolation rapidly become the new normal, we are very mindful that not everybody is able to retreat to the safety of their home. Adjusting to confinement is proving challenging for all of us but lockdown can have dramatic consequences for individuals in abusive relationships, who suddenly find themselves confined with their abuser, often without respite.

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Coronavirus and co-parenting – helpful advice from Family lawyers

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Contributing authors: Clizia Motterle and Katherine Lauder

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As social distancing measures become embedded into our daily lives, what do you do if you are co-parenting and wish to maintain shared contact? Our team of specialist Children lawyers have put together this simple guide to help parents understand a little more about how they can effectively manage the situation.

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Co-parenting and how to cope during Coronavirus

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Last night the Government announced further and more stringent measures in the fight against the virus. We have no doubt this caused immediate concern for those among us co-parenting children when separated.

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Online Divorce – a step in the right direction

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HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has recently rolled out a scheme, initially piloted by a few firms, on a national level, allowing solicitors access to the online divorce service previously only available to individuals. So what are the advantages of divorcing online, and why should you get a solicitor to do what you can do yourself?

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The Domestic Abuse Bill – will it bring change?

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Domestic Abuse has been a constant in the headlines recently, from questions over whether Brexit will affect the Domestic Abuse Bill to considering what domestic abuse actually means, to its link with Mental Health and wellbeing.

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Parental alienation: how is it treated in court and what can be done to spot it?

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Parental alienation is undoubtedly a hot topic. At the recent Oxford Local Family Justice Board conference, a large portion of the day was dedicated to the psychological perspective on this controversial issue, as well as recent case law relating to how it is treated by the judiciary.

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Domestic Abuse: there is no age limit

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This article first appeared in Buckinghamshire Life magazine, November 2019.

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Why is the Government letting abusers bully their partners in court?

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The Office for National Statistics reported in 2018 that some two million people are victim to domestic abuse, with the large majority of incidents directed at women.

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