Paul Hunt

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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Latest statistics show that for every three victims of domestic abuse, two will be female, one will be male. Alarmingly, these figures are the equivalent of 2.2 million male victims. One in six men suffers from domestic abuse in their lifetime. So, why is it that male domestic violence remains one of the greatest taboo subjects in modern day society?

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Crisis in Child Care Cases?

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

It was only recently that I read comments in the media from President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, about the significant increase in the volume of care cases being dealt with by the courts. Will the impact of such an increase bring the courts to crisis point?

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Legal Aid - Waste of Money?

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

There has recently been some publicity in the press regarding the case of the man who was convicted of killing his child and the sum of 2 million pounds of Legal Aid money is said to have been wasted on legal fees in representing him. Firstly, I understand that the amount involved was not in fact 2 million pounds but it was still a very substantial sum of money.

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Is it time for a Cohabitation Reform?

By Paul Hunt at 00:00

The latest round of statistics in marriage versus cohabitation appear to indicate that almost 10% of the adult population are now living together in a relationship that does not involve marriage. Co-habitation has a long way to go to catching up with marriage as the same statistics appear to indicate that more than half of people aged 16 or over are living as part of a married couple. The gap however is slowing closing.

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