Family Courts

Families are feeling let down and confused by remote hearings in the Family Court

In recent blogs, ‘Technology and the Family Court System’ part 1 and part 2, we have detailed how the Family Court have continued to work remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown periods. – This involves judges conducting hearings by telephone, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Family lawyers generally feel steps taken to ensure access to representation and […]

Court of Protection

Changing deputy for property and financial affairs

Over the past 18 months I have dealt with numerous applications to change financial deputy. The basis of these applications is typically a breakdown in the relationship with the previous professional deputy and this can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the common themes I have seen as causing such a breakdown relate […]

Halloween

Spooky but safe this halloween!

And just like that, Halloween is upon us… Whilst there is no doubt that this year’s Halloween will be different to previous years, many families will be adjusting their preparations to ensure their families can mark the occasion. Putting up decorations in the home, pumpkin carving and the tradition of adults and children alike dressing […]

Bereavement award

Changes to the Bereavement Award in 2020

A bereavement award is a payment of compensation awarded when an unfortunate error has led to the death of a loved one. Historically, this award was £12,980. This was however later increased, so that any deaths occurring on or after 1st May 2020 would attract an increased award of £15,120. Bereavement awards are governed by […]

No fault divorce

No Fault Divorce – Ask the expert

ASK THE EXPERTS In a series of blogs, we are putting questions to our expert lawyers here at Price Slater Gawne. Today, we are asking questions of our Family Consultant, Carole Nettleton about relationships and no-fault divorce. 1. “No fault divorce” – What does it mean? Until very recently, divorce law stated (and had done […]

What is in a name?

What is in a name?

Historically, double barrelled surnames were a sign of aristocracy; an outward sign of wealth and nobility to society. In the last 10 years however, we have seen an increase in the use of double-barrelled surnames, to a point where it has now become commonplace. There are many reasons why parents choose to provide a double-barrelled […]

Back to school

The 2020 return to school

September is well and truly underway…The weather has turned cooler and following the school shutdown period due to COVID-19, pupils across England and Wales are now returning to start the school year. Many parents consider this to be an exciting time as children are returning to school after nearly six months out. First day pictures […]

Single parent families one of worst hit financially by COVID-19

Single parent families one of worst hit financially by COVID-19

Single parents are amongst the social groups to have experienced the hardest economic shocks as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, new analysis reveals. Research by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex confirms that the earnings of households across the UK have fallen, with lowest earners suffering disproportionately. The […]

Snowdrop - A symbol of hope, purity and rebirth

Domestic Abuse Bill – Improvements in law and practice for victims of abuse

Each year in the UK, 2.4 million women, men and children, aged between 16 and 74, are victims of domestic abuse. On 6th July 2020 the Domestic Abuse Bill was passed by the House of Commons. It aims to provide greater protection for victims, provide them with more support and impose greater penal consequences for […]

Domestic Abuse

The Domestic Abuse Bill – What this means for family law

Our home is a place where we should feel safe, a place where we close the door to the day and relax with our loved ones. Sadly, for some 2.4 million people each year, this could not be further from the truth, as this is the place where they have become victim to domestic violence. […]