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10 February 2021
Lockdown presents new and unique challenges for all parents, and perhaps none more so than those who are separated. The restrictions placed on person-to-person interaction can seem complicated, and the interpretation of them can lead to increased friction with regards to contact arrangements.
7 June 2020
As concerns continue to grow for victims of domestic abuse in these uncertain times, we are more than ever providing legal advice to those who require protection from domestic abuse.
7 June 2020
It is well known that in 2013, legal aid was cut dramatically for family law proceedings. However, despite such cuts, legal aid is still available in some family cases
25 April 2020
What are the implications of 'lockdown' for contact arrangements?
28 January 2020
If you’re separated and have children, it’s vital to make plans early
8 October 2019
When deciding to train or work in a regional law firm compared to that of a city firm, there’s a lot to consider. From specialisms to types of clients, how much involvement and responsibility you would have on cases, as well as pay – there can be many determining factors.
6 October 2019
Unlike the law, quite often the decision to become a solicitor is not always black and white. But, before you make your decision, check out some of JWP Solicitors pros and cons of being a solicitor.
17 April 2019
New rules promise to end the 'blame game' when it comes to divorce
27 February 2019
Placement Order Applications - Judge rules on obligations to contact and assess wider family
26 September 2017
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.
21 March 2017
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.
21 February 2017
Getting a Divorce, this should be simple right? Well it’s maybe not a straightforward as we all might think.
12 October 2016
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.
30 September 2016
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...
11 August 2016
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.
27 April 2016
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.
19 February 2016
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.
6 January 2016
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.
23 November 2015
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.
12 November 2015
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.
15 October 2015
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.
25 September 2015
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.
11 May 2015
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.
8 April 2015
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.
6 January 2015
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.
9 December 2014
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.
24 November 2014
Its Family Dispute Resolution Week and Resolution have produced a powerful new video to coincide with the campaign.
15 August 2014
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.
11 August 2014
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?
18 July 2014
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.
2 June 2014
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.
23 May 2014
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
7 April 2014
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.
11 March 2014
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.