Natasha Harding

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Advice For Separated Parents Facing Contact Issues

Hannah Porter from The Family Lawyer Company explained how the Covid-19 virus could cause difficulties for separated parents and contact with their children. At times where the Government is advising that people should be practising social distancing, this will be causing many difficulties for separated parents, especially with blended families. Trying to juggle seeing your […]Read More

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Divorcing Couples Citing Adultery Reducing

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has reported that the number of couples stating adultery as their grounds for divorce has fallen over the past decade. The figures by the ONS are encouraging for family law practitioners as those who make an application under these grounds often have a higher level of animosity and generally […]Read More

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Scheme For Court Refunds Now Open

In 2018 a review found that certain proceedings had been unintentionally set above costs leading the Government to announce that people who have been paid too much, are now able to apply for a refund.  The refund scheme covers specific fees that the Ministry of Justice has identified as being mischarged, either by the wrong fees being charged or incorrectly applied.  The […]Read More

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Resolution Informs HMCTS Of Online Divorce Application Issues

With the online divorce system now open to all legal professionals, some Resolution members have been experiencing “unacceptable problems” with the service.    Juliet Harvey, vice Chair and incoming Chair for Resolution, has been in regular contact with HMCTS regarding the experiences and suggesting improvements.  Current issues revolve around the functionality of logins, ability to access and manage cases, […]Read More

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Fundamental Review Needed Into Child Protection

A panel of government advisers have stated that a forthcoming government review into care, must include a fundamental inquiry into the child protection system. The Safeguarding Practice Review Panel includes Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for children, and former Children’s Minister Edward Timpson. A report by the panel analysed local reviews of 538 serious child […]Read More

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Belgium King Admits He Fathered A Child In 1960s Affair

A woman who has fought for seven years to prove that an abdicated Belgian king is her biological father, has finally had an “grudging admission” from the king’s lawyer.  The seven–year legal battle, and decades of rumours, ended after a court-ordered DNA test revealed that Delphine Boёl was in fact correct and was the biological daughter of former Belgian King Albert II. “His Majesty King Albert II has […]Read More

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Continued Deterioration Of Court Standards

Despite the HMCTS modernisation programme, the standards of family courts are continuing to deteriorate according to a survey by Resolution.  The survey, that took place in the first and final quarters of 2019 revealed that members were finding increased delays in processing and hearing of urgent cases.    It was also reported that concerns over the accuracy and […]Read More

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Resolution Looking For New Committee Members

Five committees within Resolution are looking for new members to join their teams and are welcoming applications from members of all backgrounds.  Describing the work as demanding and complex, the roles also promise to be productive, enjoyable and rewarding, with access to expertise, new perspectives and professional networking opportunities.    The five committees are:  Collaborative Working Party that look to engage and support […]Read More

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“Unprecedented Demand” Putting Children’s Social Care Budgets Under Pressure

The Local Government Association has revealed an “unprecedented demand and funding shortages” are putting council children’s social care budgets under increasing pressure. The pressures from the increased demand and funding shortages meant councils have been forced to spend more on children’s social care budgets in order to keep children safe, leading to an overspend of […]Read More

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Resolution Informs HMCTS Of Online Divorce Application Issues

With the online divorce system now open to all legal professionals, some Resolution members have been experiencing “unacceptable problems” with the service.    Juliet Harvey, vice Chair and incoming Chair for Resolution, has been in regular contact with HMCTS regarding the experiences and suggesting improvements.  Current issues revolve around the functionality of logins, ability to access and manage cases, […]Read More

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New Feature: Lawyers Helping Lawyers

Here at Today’s Family Lawyer we are always looking for ways in which to help legal professionals; from providing industry news, case details and the progress of legislation. We also offer a platform for professionals to publish articles on subjects they are particularly interested in or feel are of industry importance. We are now introducing […]Read More

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Pilot Scheme Launched For Affordable Advice

An online pilot scheme has been launched that will help separating couples by providing affordable advice at crucial points in the separating process. Blending an online guide from Law for Life’s Advicenow website as well as offline advice from a panel of Resolution family lawyers, the ‘Affordable Advice’ will deliver affordable fixed fee, price transparency […]Read More

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