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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Domestic violence prosecutions on the up

By Paralegal at 00:00

Recently published figures indicate record prosecutions by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to domestic violence crimes against women and girls. 107,000 prosecutions were made throughout England and Wales, an increase of approximately 18% on the previous year. The prosecutions include statistics of rape, sexual offences and domestic violence.

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Taking Things into Your Own Hands

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

The recent case of the runaway mother Rebecca Minnock, sparked a media storm when she vanished with her son at the height of a bitter custody battle. Whilst she has escaped the prospect of a prison sentence, the case itself brings to question the actions of disappearing parents when the prospect of losing contact with their child becomes a reality. This story stems from the transfer of residence that appears to have been ordered following lengthy court proceedings involving the father’s application for contact with his son.

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Domestic violence is no laughing matter

By Paralegal at 00:00

I read with interest the reports of TV chat show host Jeremy Kyle criticising his audience for bursting into fits of laughter when a male guest on his show recalled events of domestic abuse at the hands of his female ex-partner.

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Legal Aid – Not Holding My Breath

By Paul Hunt at 18:00

At the point I am writing this we are poised on the brink of polling day, an event which seems to have been hovering before us like a mirage for what seems an eternity. The coalition Government abolished legal aid for most family law cases in April 2013 but even now people are only just discovering this. In these times of austerity can we expect a new Government, whatever shape it might take, to make any changes regarding family legal aid?

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