Stamp Duty, Special needs children, Tinder & Changes at LGFL: our round-up of news for August 2020
If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
From our blog:
The reduced rate of stamp duty has some unexpected benefits for anyone looking to separate or divorce, and needing to sell the family home.
For parents of SEN children, divorce and separation come with an extra layer of challenges. In the first of two articles, our Managing Director Rita Gupta looks at how a pragmatic approach to child arrangements can create a child-focused outcome that prioritises the child’s emotional and financial stability.
As a result of returning to our offices in Swallowfield and Reading, we've had a good think about our firm’s structure and the way we do business. We've had a reallocation of roles, to better deliver the high level of personal service our boutique family law firm is known for.
Dating sites have made finding love simple, but the legal ramifications of a resulting pregnancy and child can be anything but simple. Director Rita Gupta explores the rise of the Tinder babies.
From our social media:
We are not expecting anyone to work extremely long, whole days in court. It’s court buildings hours that we want to extend.
Arguing about money is the most likely reason for a couple to divorce, which just shows how huge of an issue it can be. However, not all arguments are equal, and it may be that one partner is the abuser, and the other is the abused.
This article lists some of the warning signs
As this Guardian article states: "If four weeks of courtroom investigations – aided by first-class lawyers examining CCTV recordings, text messages, photos and numerous witnesses – still struggle to establish the precise truth of what happened, then how hard must it be for family courts processing thousands of domestic violence allegations every year?"
"The women are being urged to check their state pension as under the old system married women could claim a basic state pension at 60 per cent of the full rate based on their husband's contributions, where this would be bigger than the pension they would get based on their own contributions."
This applies to divorced women too, particularly those who divorced post-retirement, to check that they are benefiting from the contributions of their ex husband.
Victoria Derbyshire reports on what lockdown has meant for those living with Domestic Violence.
Thirty-five years on, she returns to look at how those living with domestic violence have been impacted by lockdown.
Interesting post from Resolution - First for Family Law about training and professional development, crucial for all of us.
Really worrying what younger people are now exposed to and a good article.
Not-for-profit organisations will be given funding to provide free legal support to those without legal representation in court.
Lawyers' exemption from coronavirus quarantine should be scrapped as it 'risks lives', Law Society warns
“Allowing people to break quarantine to attend court and not having effective systems in place to communicate outbreaks in the court puts lives at risk”. Law Society President Simon Davis talks to the Evening Standard about #quarantine exemptions
Kent musician composes charity song 'You're Not Alone' to support male domestic abuse victims through charity ManKind
Great to see the top man @LeverClive being featured in the news about his song "You're Not Alone" raising awareness of male victims of domestic abuse and also funds for our helpline.
"Ending a relationship gets particularly complex when there are other people involved, too, like children, or mutual friends"
The Ministry of Justice’s London headquarters has begun functioning as a Nightingale court hearing cases that are not usually open to the public.
LGFL in the media
What do national lifestyle magazine Red, the Law Society, Berkshire Living and Stay Connected have in common? Rita Gupta has featured in all of them within a month! Discover more of our media features in our latest article at our own website.