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    When you need sensible, cost effective, friendly, caring, responsive legal advice & solicitor representation call Victoria Harrington on Bradford (01274) 449910.

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    + to know the best thing to do next.

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All Change in Family Law

Written by Victoria. Posted in Child Care & Child Custody

The 22nd April sees major changes in family law brought about by the Children and Families Act 2014. There are too many changes to detail but the main ones that are likely to be of interest are set out below.
Family Courts
Applications will not now be made to the local Family Proceedings or County Court as there is now one national Court known simply as The Family Court. Applications are made to the designated family centre for the area (Leeds locally), where the application is issued and a decision made as to which local hearing centre and what level of Judge will deal with the case.
Divorce/Dissolution
A Statement of Arrangements form as to children is no longer needed as the Court no longer consider the arrangements for children in divorce proceedings.
Domestic Violence
A Court issue fee will no longer be needed for injunctions to protect from domestic abuse.
Private Law Children
The Court will start from a presumption that unless the contrary is shown, that it is in the child's welfare for each parent to be involved in their life. This is not however a presumption of equal division of time or a child living with both parents on a shared basis.
Residence and Contact Orders no longer exist but are replaced by Child Arrangement Orders. These orders will state
• With whom and when a child is to live with a person (old residence orders)
• With whom and when a child is to spend time with or otherwise have contact with a person (old contact orders)
In most cases unless specific exclusions apply a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) should be attended with a mediator before proceedings can be issued. Legal aid may be available for that meeting.
Public Law Children – Care or Supervision Orders
Cases must in most cases be determined within a 26 week time limit.
There are new rules as to post-adoption contact and who can apply.
For further specialist help and advice contact us www.harringtonfamilylaw.co.uk

Worlds Apart

Written by Carol-Anne. Posted in Success Stories

Child Disputes

Our client, a Colne Valley mum wished to emigrate to Australia with her new partner and the children of her ex husband. Her ex initially objected strongly threatening Court action.

A potentially bitter, damaging and costly court battle was avoided once we were able to establish sensible communication with the ex husbands solicitors and arrange a round table meeting for discussions.

An amicable resolution was reached when Dad was able to take on board his children's wishes with arrangements for as much contact as possible with Dad both face to face, telephone and skype.

Home Saved For Insolvent Huddersfield Divorcee

Written by Carol-Anne. Posted in Success Stories

Insolvency and Divorce

A Huddersfield man was faced with losing his home when separating from his partner who had been declared bankrupt. In order to settle debts the sale of a house, even when held in joint names can be forced. Not a pleasant prospect.

We were able to embark on sensible negotiations with both his partner and the bankruptcy trustee. As a result our delighted client retained his home reaching sensible settlement terms promptly. These were recorded in a Separation Agreement without court proceedings being necessary.

Deaf Calderdale Mother Without Speech Gets Voice Heard

Written by Carol-Anne. Posted in Success Stories

A victory for access to representation for all.

A Calderdale mother who was deaf and without speech was involved in complex proceedings relating to her child. Her inability to communicate her views in a way that could be understood caused her a great deal of stress and frustration.

By working alongside not only a British sign language interpreter but also a support worker and a deaf intermediary we were able to ensure that she was able to gain understanding of all the issues of the complex case and importantly that she had her voice & views heard and understood.

Despite being a stressful time for her, there was an undoubted and visible increase in her confidence. Finally she was able to feel that she was not being overlooked. She could take part in discussions, which increased her understanding of many important issues. Most of us would take these for granted.

Child Abducted By Violent Partner Returned To Young Halifax Mum

Written by Carol-Anne. Posted in Success Stories

Return Of Child/Domestic Violence

A poor young Halifax mum was reduced to an emotional wreck after being beaten by her partner. Her very young child had been taken out of the country.

We were able to act swiftly with a same day court action.

The result was the return of the child within 24 hours and protection in place to prevent the violent partner's return. The client was able to close this chapter of her life and move on, a result, which could have been very different without the right advice.