Recently published reports show prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to domestic violence against females have reached record figures with more than 107,000 prosecutions made throughout England and Wales - an increase of approximately 18% on the previous year. It is believed that the rise in reported cases of domestic abuse is a positive result of victims gaining the confidence to come forward and speaking out against their experience of domestic violence. It is thought that in the past domestic violence against women had been under reported but due to the welcomed improvements made by the Police and prosecutors more victims of domestic violence are willing to come forward and to rightly speak out.

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Easier divorces for Roman Catholics?

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

Pope Frances recently announced changes to the way in which the Catholic Church will deal with the issue of annulment of marriages. In what is only the third revision of the process in the Church’s 2000 year history, the Vatican is making it easier for Catholic marriages to be annulled as Pope Francis pushes the reform to create a more accessible and less complicated process. The move is somewhat of a dramatic departure from Pope Francis’s more conservative predecessors who made efforts to make annulments more difficult to obtain.

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Seeing Is Not Always Believing

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

As the evolution of technology provides us with greater efficiency and diversity it also opens the door to increasing communication channels; the capabilities of reaching people is vast. A triumph for technology you might say! However, our tech-savvy world has also opened its door to increased opportunities for the exchange of unwanted communications, whether this is an abusive text message or a threatening email for example. This can be particularly prevalent during, or following, the breakdown of a relationship where emotions can run high.

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Adoption is not forever?

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

An Adoption Order is one of the most significant and final orders that can be made in relation to a child’s future. In effect this presses the reset button on parentage so that the birth family, in a legal sense, ceases to exist. The order is intended to provide security and stability for the future of a child; it is in no sense regarded as a temporary or a holding position whilst the birth family address their issues!

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The Government has initiated a consultation regarding the widespread increase of court fees. While most attention will undoubtedly be given to the huge increases for civil claims, those involved in divorce proceedings will also feel the impact.

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