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Divorce advice for Women

An interesting call was received at the offices one afternoon when a women asked whether she would have to leave the family home as she had committed adultery – her husband had advised her this was the case. There are a lot of women who feel as vulnerable, frightened and confused as this caller especially if they feel that are the cause of the breakdown and have been reliant on their partner financially. My simple...
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Questions to ask your divorce solicitor

Going through a divorce is one of life’s more stressful experiences.  There is a lot of information you suddenly need to take in at a time in your life when emotions are running high and you may find yourself unable to focus properly.  Here are some of the questions you need to ask your divorce solicitor when you first meet them in order to arm yourself for the fight ahead. What costs are involved? Solicitors...
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Litigants in Person

It is a well known fact that Litigant in Person’s are now flooding the courts, mainly due to the limited availability of legal aid and due to the easy access to information on the internet.  It is a confusing and stressful task to conduct your own case, especially when you are dealing with disputes in relation to your children and finances. Shortlands Law Firm Ltd accepts many cannot afford to instruct a solicitor throughout their...
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The Islamic marriage – valid or invalid?

The Muslim population is rising in the UK forming about 5% of the whole population. Many muslims living in England and Wales marry according to Sharia Law (“The Nikah”) and do not feel the need to enter into a civil ceremony as they feel married in the eyes of God. However, the Nikah, although recognised as a marriage in an Islamic country, does not constitute a valid marriage for the purposes of English Law. The...
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The new Child Arrangement Programme What is it? is it working?

The old “Residence” and “Contact” Orders (most commonly known in the past as custody and access) were replaced with the introduction of the Children & Families Act 2014, with Child Arrangements Orders, in April last year.  This new term seeks to reduce animosity and the feeling of “winning” and “losing” a child case – all in the best interests of the child. What is it? A       Child Arrangements Order (CAO) means an Order regulating...
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