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Articles from our specialist family law lawyers who provide legal assistance to families requiring help with care proceedings, residency and contact issues concerning children, civil partnership and cohabitation disputes, divorce, domestic violence, immigration and other areas of family law.
'Focus On The Child's Best Interest': The Polish Parliament's Conference

19 October 2016 | Agata Osinska

How can social services and the Polish Embassy support Polish families? Agata Osinska, a family law solicitor at Simpson Millar, comments.

Should British Courts Be Able To Grant Islamic Divorces?

6 October 2016 | Jenine Abdo

A family and divorce law solicitor at Simpson Millar explores why UK courts should be able to grant Muslim couples Islamic divorces

Domestic Violence Prosecutions Fall By Over A Third In Some Regions

26 September 2016 | Emma Pearmaine

New figures from 31 Police forces across England and Wales show a fall in domestic violence prosecutions, but a specialist lawyer warns of the cause.

Lawyer Calls On Tougher Sanctions For Cash-hiding Hubbies

22 September 2016 | Victoria Walker

A six year old divorce ruling has enabled spouses to hide money from their partners during divorce proceedings.

A 24-Year-Old Man Is The First Person To Be Jailed For Coercive Control

16 September 2016 | Emma Pearmaine

A 24-year-old man is the first person to be jailed for 21 months for coercive control since it became an unlawful criminal offence in 2015.

Legal First As Family Law Judgement Is Given In Plain English

16 September 2016 | Paul Foster

Paul Foster discusses a recent case where Mr Justice Peter Jackson gave his decision in plain English, and what it means for Family law cases in the future

Could The Brexit Affect Your Family?

9 September 2016 | Agata Osinska

Agata Osinska explores the impact Brexit may have on EU nationals and their families in the UK. Call Simpson Millar on 0808 129 2230 for Family Law advice.

Former Spouses Returning To Claim Accrued Wealth In Post-DIY Divorce Fall-Out

5 September 2016 | Victoria Walker

Couples who divorced without legal representation to save money during the recession are now paying the price of failing to agree financial terms.

Police And Victims Urged To Use New Coercive Control Laws

31 August 2016 | Emma Pearmaine

Latest figures from Police forces in England and Wales highlight a worryingly low number of people being charged under the new Coercive Control (CC) laws.

Parliament Debates Term-time Holiday Fines

27 July 2016 | Julie Robertson

After a petition by a man fined for taking his children on holiday between cancer treatments, Parliament debates abolishing term-time holiday penalties.

Campaign to Prevent Naming of Revenge Porn Victims

13 July 2016 | Emma Pearmaine

The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has called for an urgent change in the law to prevent the naming of revenge porn victims.

Woman Seeks Bigger Slice Of Ex-Civil Partner's Fortune

8 July 2016 | Jane Auty

Following their split in 2010, a woman has claimed her former civil partner misled her about the size of a £6m fortune.

Mature Divorcees Most Likely To Squander Funds During Divorce Act Quickly On Reckless Spending Sprees, Says Lawyer

30 June 2016 | James Skinner

Protect the joint bank account in the early stages of divorce, or be prepared to lose out if your ex goes on a spending spree with the joint credit card.

Ellie Butler Case

27 June 2016 | Paul Foster

On 28th October 2013, Ben Butler murdered his 6 year old daughter Ellie, striking her head hard enough to inflict catastrophic skull and brain injuries.

Review: Call The Mediator

23 June 2016 | Emma Pearmaine

A new BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary has pushed a problem that many separated couples face – Mediation – to the forefront of public discussion.

Justice Select Committee Says Divorce Fees Are "Unjustified"

22 June 2016 | Carol Chrisfield

The Justice Select Committee has published a report strongly criticising increases in court fees in recent years.

Fathers and Children with Physical and Learning Disabilities

17 June 2016 | Emma Pearmaine

Emma Pearmaine – Director of Family Services at Simpson Millar – looks at how fathers of children with special needs can be overlooked after diagnosis.

New Legislation to Provide Anonymity for Forced Marriage Victims

15 June 2016 | Jenine Abdo

In 2015, the Governments Forced Marriage Unit provided advice in 1,220 cases of possible forced marriage. But this figure could be the tip of the iceberg.

66% of People Do Not Seek Legal Advice

13 June 2016 | Carol Chrisfield

A recent survey conducted for the Law Society has found that only 1 in 3 people who have been exposed to a legal issue seek legal advice.

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