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When a spouse or partner is abusive during lockdown

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic changes to all of our lives, including our family life.  During the lockdown we are all forced to isolate in our homes, and for some this forced time together and the disruption ...

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Virtual justice through remote hearings

Can families receive justice with remote hearings in the Family Court?

The Remote Access Family Court has enabled large parts of the family justice system to continue to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each day, justice is dispensed over the internet by judges sitting at computer screens often in their own ...

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Family and children and coronavirus FAQs

We are living in worrying times and while we are all anxious about the health risks arising from the coronavirus pandemic, there are additional concerns for parents of young children. Alongside disruption to schooling and usual routines, there may be ...

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United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Today, 6 February 2019, is the annual United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a degrading and discriminatory practice with particularly harmful consequences for children. Lucy Bennett, legal assistant at Miles & Partners ...

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Dee Aktar, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

London lawyers defend mother accused of female genital mutilation (FGM)

In one of the first cases in the London family courts since new laws were introduced to increase the protection afforded to potential victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), Dee Aktar, associate solicitor in the family law team at Miles & Partners ...

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Domestic and other violence and homelessness

The Court of Appeal has been looking at the circumstances when an applicant for homelessness assistance can argue that it is not reasonable to continue to occupy their home because of threatened or actual violence from a third party. In ...

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Forced marriage now a criminal act

A forced marriage takes place when one or both spouses do not consent and do not want to get married but are coerced into it by others, usually by their family, people they look up to, or their community. Someone ...

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Changes to legal aid for domestic abuse victims unlawful say Rights Of Women

The Law Society is supporting a challenge brought by the Public Law Project on behalf of Rights of Women, over the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid which are preventing victims of domestic abuse from getting legal aid for ...

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Drug and alcohol misusing families

London’s Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) has a new approach to family cases where drug abuse is a central issue. The scheme aims to assist drug and alcohol misusing families navigate the family justice system. Miles & Partners’ David ...

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