No More Meal Tickets

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

In a recent high profile case, the court made a decision as to the continuation of “spousal maintenance” (in other words financial support between the adults as distinct from child support) this would suggest that the court is taking more of a hard line view on these matters.

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It has recently been revealed that there will be changes to the law on smacking children in some parts of the UK. This has lead to some discussion about what constitutes as smacking, what is the legal position and how this can impact parents.

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All Change for Accelerated Possession Claims

By Danielle Hughes at 16:00

The court forms for issuing a claim for possession of property under the accelerated possession procedure have now been amended to reflect the changes in legislation which came into place in October 2015.

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Universal Credit - Another Problem?

By Paul Hunt at 16:00

We have heard a lot in recent news about Universal Credits, mostly from the point of view of delay in implementing payments to new claimants. Something which has had rather less publicity is the effect that the transition from Universal Credits from other forms of benefit can have upon spousal maintenance, i.e. support payments made between the adults as distinct from child support.

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As a private client solicitor, I see people from all walks of life who realise the importance of making plans for the future. There remains, however, one group of individuals who appear to feel disconnected from the problems that older age can bring; The Young. Anecdotal evidence points to the fact that anxieties over Brexit, an ever-widening gap between house prices and salaries, and a belief that there’s no point planning for an uncertain future are leading to an avoidance by 20, 30 and 40-somethings of making vital long-term plans.

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