22 year-old becomes first woman convicted of coercive behaviour

April 17, 2018 5 comments

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A Fine Arts graduate has become the first woman to be convicted of ‘coercive control’ since the offence was created. The 22 year, from Hertfordshire, was arrested days after her boyfriend was taken to hospital with extensive scalding injuries after she had thrown boiling water over him. Neighbours had reported regular disturbances, the sound of…

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Spending on services for children cut by £1 billion

April 4, 2018 0 comments

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The government has cut spending on services for children and teenagers by close to £1 billion in just six years, the Labour Party has claimed. Figures released by the party suggest that planned expenditure on such services is now £956,881,000 less than it was six years ago in ‘real terms’ – i.e. when inflation is…

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Government launches domestic abuse consultation

March 8, 2018 1 comment

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The government has launched its expected consultation on proposed new domestic violence legislation. Jointly launched by Justice Secretary David Gauke and Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the consultation seeks views from interested parties, including victims, on “measures to be included in the government’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill.” The proposals include the possibility of special protections in…

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Home Secretary outlines new domestic abuse measures

February 27, 2018 3 comments

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Home Secretary Amber Rudd has outlined new measures designed to tackle domestic violence and abuse. Under the proposals, alleged victims would be entitled to special protections in court, including giving their evidence behind screens. They would also acquire a legal status similar to victims of slavery and sexual abuse. The proposals form part of a…

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Father wins appeal against mother moving to Colombia

February 15, 2018 1 comment

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The father of a three year-old boy has won his appeal against a court order allowing the mother to relocate to Colombia with their son. she had originally moved from the central American nation to London in 1999, before returning in 2004. She came back to London the following year and has lived here ever…

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Pensions and divorce by Angela Sussens

February 12, 2018 2 comments

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Often pensions are the second, if not the most valuable asset in the ‘’matrimonial pot’ during divorce proceedings. And amongst the options open to the Court in relation to these are ‘pension sharing orders’ and ‘pension attachment orders’. A pension sharing order transfers a specified percentage of a pension fund into a separate fund for…

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