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17 April 2019

Will New Divorce Law Lessen Impact on Children?

New rules promise to end the 'blame game' when it comes to divorce

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Gareth Long

27 February 2019

Placement Order Applications - Recent Judgement

Placement Order Applications - Judge rules on obligations to contact and assess wider family

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John Wood

26 September 2017

Leeds Office evening appointments coming soon

Sometimes just the little things can make a big difference. Take as an example our Saturday morning clinics at Wakefield giving people an opportunity to pop in and have a free half hour with a qualified solicitor or our late opening at Wakefield on a Wednesday evening till 8pm offering people working during the day an opportunity to deal with things in their time.

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Tahira Rahman

21 March 2017

The realities of being a Trainee Solicitor at JWP

I write this blog six months into my training contract and what an amazing six months it has been. The reality of being a trainee solicitor working for a successful firm immediately after graduating is yet to sink in.

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Alexzandra Kennedy

21 February 2017

I just want a Divorce

Getting a Divorce, this should be simple right? Well it’s maybe not a straightforward as we all might think.

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Gareth Long

12 October 2016

Family Dispute? Collaborative Law may be your best choice

Collaborative family law is when you and your collaborative Solicitor, former partner and their collaborative Solicitor find solutions without going to Court. The parties set the agenda and the rules of engagement in an “anchor statement” and participation agreement. You talk in a manner which suits the pair of you and about the things that matter most to you and your family.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

30 September 2016

Christmas Countdown - 12 weeks to go

My notoriety at JWP Solicitors may well precede me on many levels but I am becoming infamous for my Christmas countdown and it is fair to say, to some, somewhat irritating. BAH HUMBUG...

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

11 August 2016

Here at JWP we are serious about Mental Health

Mental health is not a new thing, but it is still seen as a taboo thing - Why? Perhaps because not enough is known about such issues so it is simply brushed under the carpet for someone else to deal with when the times comes. However by then it is often too late.

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27 April 2016

Legal Aid Residency Test dismissed by Supreme Court

Following a unanimous Supreme Court ruling the attempt made by the Government to introduce a residence test for anyone claiming legal aid has been dismissed.

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Sophie Metcalfe

19 February 2016

Court rules domestic violence legal aid time limit is invalid

A controversial impact of the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) was for clients to obtain Legal Aid for a family matter they were required to provide evidence of domestic violence within the last 24 months.

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Sophie Metcalfe

6 January 2016

Divorce or Separation - Do it Decently!

The New Year is peak time for people who decide to get divorced or separated. This is a big decision which is likely to be a traumatic one for everyone including extended family and especially children.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

23 November 2015

We Support Resolutions Family Dispute Week

Resolution’s fourth Family Dispute Resolution Week is happening 23-27 November this year. We're working to raise awareness of the importance of parents putting their children's needs first during divorce.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

12 November 2015

Marriage - More than just a piece of paper

What rights do you have as part of a cohabiting couple in the UK? The answer is, very little, when compared to the rights of a spouse.

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Sarah Victor

15 October 2015

Honesty is always the best policy

Whilst it might seem like the title statement is to over-state the obvious, the phrase has taken on added significance following on from the case of Sharland and Gohil. Both of these ex-wives discovered that their ex-husbands had been dishonest in disclosing the true value of their assets during the time that negotiations were taking place for their matrimonial settlement.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

25 September 2015

Ever wondered how a child feels about Divorce?

Every parent wants what is best for their child but in times of separation and relationship breakdown it is all too easy to lose sight of how our children are coping and feeling. Ultimately we must always try to put them first.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

11 May 2015

Financial Settlement on Divorce - Don't leave loose ends

Many of you will have been intrigued recently with regards Kathleen Wyatt seeking a divorce settlement from her ex-husband Dale Vince some 20 years after their divorce. Which ever side of the argument you sit with regards the rights and wrongs of the case, this is a case of not seeing things through and of leaving loose ends.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

8 April 2015

Poor at the time of his divorce, now a millionaire wishing he had sorted out the finances at the same time

There has been so much media attention recently following the somewhat controversial case of Wyatt v Vince. The couple married in 1981 and had a son together. The wife had a previous child who was 2 at the time from another relationship and was treated as a child of the family. Unfortunately they separated in 1984 and were divorced by 1992 although no agreement or Order of the court was obtained by the them to deal with the financial matters.

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6 January 2015

Resolve your Family Disputes the Collaborative Law Way

I have written previously on the subject of Collaborative Law but the subject is so important and one about which I am passionate that I think it is worthy of repetition. Being a Collaborative Lawyer is like having the best kept secret, Delia explains why.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

9 December 2014

Child Maintenance - know the price of not reaching an agreement

Every parent will have heard of the Child Support Agency (CSA) but did you know that since 2012 the CSA has been known as the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and that from the summer of this year they have introduced new charges for using this service.

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24 November 2014

Family Dispute Resolution Week

Its Family Dispute Resolution Week and Resolution have produced a powerful new video to coincide with the campaign.

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15 August 2014

Protect yourself against Domestic Violence

The Police have recently been given some additional powers to deal with the perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Greg Cross explains how this works to protect those who are victims of domestic violence.

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11 August 2014

Time to resolve those family disputes - with only 135 Sleeps to Christmas

It may seem strange to think of cold, snowy Christmas scenes in the scorching heat of this so far beautiful summer but for family lawyers our minds are already turning to Christmas. Why, I hear you ask?

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

18 July 2014

Divorce - Don't forget the pensions

As a family solicitor, people come to see me about a variety of matters concerning divorce and separation. An issue that clients rarely mention when discussing matrimonial finances is pensions. Head of the Family department, Gareth Long explains why this isn't something that should be left out.

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Gareth Long

2 June 2014

Life beyond the Wig

Mention the word “lawyer” to the man on the street and an image of a middle-aged man or woman clad in robes and a wig will probably spring to mind. In reality this image represents a small proportion of lawyers and for those that do wear wigs, robes and gowns this represents a fairly small proportion of their time at work as well.

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

23 May 2014

A day in the life of…

For a family lawyer only a small proportion of their day or week is spent in Court. So what else do they get up too? Our Pontefract Family expert, Delia Crofts-Turnbull lifts the lid

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Delia Crofts-Turnbull

7 April 2014

I think I need an injunction, can I get one?

This is a commonly asked question when I speak to clients who are experiencing harassment or domestic abuse issues. Many people in different situations can at times experience some form of harassment or molestation, sometimes it can be as a result of a difficult relationship breakdown or a family dispute, or sometimes it can be a case of unrequited attention or a dispute between neighbours or work colleagues. A lot of people who have experienced difficulty don’t always realise that help is available.

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11 March 2014

I cannot get Legal Aid for my Divorce, can I?

The above is an increasingly common question that I am now asked by new clients on the telephone or when they come through the door, following the recent government changes to Legal Aid. There does now appear to be a common misconception with the majority of the public that legal aid is no longer available for family law cases in any circumstances. This is not correct. Legal aid does remain available in many instances, so don't be afraid to ask.

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Gareth Long