Domestic abuse Act & child arrangements: our round-up of news for May 2021

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 Domestic Abuse Act 2021: a new law offering greater protection for victims


LGFL's inside track on the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, and why this new legislation is so important.



All change? Holiday child arrangements and COVID-19  [updated May 2021]


If you're planning a holiday abroad this year with your children, as a divorced or separated parent with shared parental responsibility, you will require your ex-partner's permission. 

If your plans change due to covid-19 or similar, then you'll need to revise any child arrangement agreement, which gives their permission. 

Here's how a formal letter from a family lawyer can make the whole process of agreeing who gets the kids when during the holidays a whole lot easier.  





From our social media:

Brad Pitt awarded joint custody of children with Angelina Jolie

"Ms Jolie filed for divorce in 2016 and the pair have since been engaged in a custody battle largely shielded from public view." 


Domestic abuse: 'Girls shouldn't live in fear of dad killing mum'

Heartbreaking story highlighting the issues BAME women face in abuse cases.


£100m divorce award: judge rebuffs media pleas to publish judgment

Billionaire newspaper owner applied to court to keep details out of public domain.


Law and disorder: the Secret Judge takes us inside Britain’s overstretched courts during the pandemic

"Secret Judge reveals how, via the blessings and burdens of technology, justice has prevailed"


Bill Gates still wearing wedding ring in first major public appearance since filing for divorce

Some eagled eyed reporter.  However, the marriage isn't officially over until Bill & Melinda legally divorced. So if he want to still wear his wedding ring, why not? 




China divorces drop 70% after controversial ‘cooling off’ law

Interesting Chinese stats, however as the article states:

"The announcement of the cooling-off period sparked anger at the time, especially among women, and drew suggestions from young people that they were now more likely to avoid marriage altogether."


Women being arrested and criminalised after reporting violence and abuse, say MPs

Support is what these women need.

‘There is more to do to ensure that women are given the support they need without being criminalised,’ says Labour MP


Barristers to share Gray’s Inn with 300 kids as new primary school gets go-ahead

Barristers in the making?


Tech playing growing role in UK domestic abuse cases, experts say

“As our lives are lived ever more through our computers and phones, it’s crucial that women experiencing abuse are able to use their technology safely, without fear of being monitored, controlled and harassed.”

Well said.


What you need to remember about Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce settlement

"What this comes down to is how we view marriage. …A marriage is not just a romantic relationship: it is an economic partnership."


Melinda Gates could become world’s second-richest woman

Hopefully their charitable company will not feel the break up.


The golden rules of an amicable divorce – as Bill and Melinda Gates split

It doesn't have to messy say the Gates.


Domestic Abuse Act prompts legal aid plea

Law Society president, Stephanie Boyce called for "legal aid to be reintroduced for early advice in all family cases to ensure victims of abuse are identified at an early stage and helped to get access to justice to protect them and their children."


The biggest challenge of divorce? The kids’ school clothes are always at the wrong house

"There is absolutely no way of getting ahead of it, because children lose everything, all the time; or insulating yourself against it: you feel bad, because you’re right to feel bad, because it’s your fault."

An interestingly honest read.


My husband was disinherited for marrying me

Gosh what a family story, disinheritance, evictions and never meeting your grandchild.