Cohabitation – myth vs reality

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Nearly one in five couples in the UK now chooses to cohabit rather than marry. Figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that cohabiting couples are now the fastest growing family type in the UK, with 3.3m families documented in 2016 – more than double the 1.5m recorded in 1996. Most of the public are however unaware of … Read More

No Fault Divorce Bill to receive second reading in January 2016

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MPs have been urged to give serious consideration to changes in divorce laws, which have been floated a number of times in the past but never passed beyond the discussion stage. Backbench MP Richard Bacon is spearheading efforts for significant reforms, which would enable couples to divorce purely on the basis that both parties agree that their marriage has irreconcilably … Read More

Shared Parental Leave

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For babies born on or after 5 April 2015, eligible parents are able to choose how to share the care of their child in the first year after birth (or adoption). The existing system (which remains valid for babies born up to 4 April 2015) allows parents to share leave to a certain extent, but the new system allows for … Read More

Charity Raffle for Alzheimer's Society

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Morrish Solicitors are holding a raffle to raise funds for our Charity of the Year, the Alzheimer’s Society.  There are many great prizes to be won, including: 1 night’s B&B Queens Hotel, Leeds 2 Paolo Nutini tickets – Millenium Square, Leeds (19 June) 1 night’s B&B Park Plaza Hotel Kindle 2 tickets to show of choice at West Yorkshire Playhouse … Read More

Charity Raffle for Alzheimer’s Society

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Morrish Solicitors are holding a raffle to raise funds for our Charity of the Year, the Alzheimer’s Society.  There are many great prizes to be won, including: 1 night’s B&B Queens Hotel, Leeds 2 Paolo Nutini tickets – Millenium Square, Leeds (19 June) 1 night’s B&B Park Plaza Hotel Kindle 2 tickets to show of choice at West Yorkshire Playhouse … Read More

Resolution launch Manifesto for family law

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Today sees the launch of the Resolution Manifesto for Family Law, setting out what needs to change in the family justice system in order to improve the lives of separating and separated families across England and Wales. Resolution’s Manifesto for Family Law sets out what the next government should do in order to improve the lives of separating and separated families … Read More

Family Dispute Resolution Week

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Resolution’s third Family Dispute Resolution week takes place this week. This awareness-raising week aims to highlight the alternatives to court for separating couples and their families. The national body for family lawyers, Resolution, has 6,500 members who are family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a … Read More

Long-term family association with lawyer helps client secure power of attorney

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When nurse James Thorp needed lifetime power of attorney (LPA) to help his elderly parents – whose physical and mental health was deteriorating – he contacted their solicitor. Now, he is backing a Law Society campaign to promote the work of solicitors. As more and more people are diagnosed with dementia, and with an ageing population, many people have elderly relatives to … Read More

10k Memory Walk in support of Alzheimer's Society – 6 September

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We will be taking part in the 10k Memory Walk in support of Alzheimer’s Society on 6 September at Roundhay Park, Leeds. It’s sure to be a great day for the whole family and will be raising money for a fantastic cause – raising awareness and much-needed funds for local people living in the area with dementia, their families and … Read More

10k Memory Walk in support of Alzheimer’s Society – 6 September

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We will be taking part in the 10k Memory Walk in support of Alzheimer’s Society on 6 September at Roundhay Park, Leeds. It’s sure to be a great day for the whole family and will be raising money for a fantastic cause – raising awareness and much-needed funds for local people living in the area with dementia, their families and … Read More

Top 10 facts and myths about divorce

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1. There were 13 Divorces an hour in England and Wales in 2012. 2. Legally there is only one ground for Divorce; that the marriage had broken down irretrievably. This can be proved by one of five ways: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years separation with the consent of the other spouse or five years separation without the need for … Read More

Family Mediation – Information and Assessment Meetings become a “Must”

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April saw the introduction of the much anticipated Children and Families Act 2014. Section 10 of the act now governs how applications to court for private children issues and financial applications following divorce and breakdown of civil partnerships are to be dealt with. As a result of these changes any individual wishing to issue an application to court in relation … Read More

Supporting National Family Dispute Resolution Week

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Next week – 25 to 29 November 2013 – is National Family Dispute Resolution Week, which is designed to make the public aware of the alternatives to court for separation and divorce. This is run by Resolution, a national body of family lawyers who promote the use of alternative dispute resolution and the practice of amicable family law proceedings. As … Read More

New family mediation solicitor at Morrish Solicitors

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Noelle Heath, who has been qualified for over 15 years and worked as a family solicitor at Morrish Solicitors in Leeds, has recently qualified as a family mediator under the Resolution scheme. Originally set-up in 1999, the scheme is designed to help people who are facing family breakdown to make an informed choice when deciding which lawyer to appoint.  To … Read More

Divorcees need better understanding of Pension issues, experts warn

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In the UK today 66% of divorced women rely on state pensions following retirement. A recent study commissioned by the Phoenix group has found that after divorce one in five women stops paying in to a pension altogether. The research also revealed that two in five divorced women say they are worse off financially after divorce. Additionally, half of divorced … Read More

Parents’ access rights after divorce enshrined in law

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The right of both divorced fathers and mothers to see their children is to be enshrined in law for the first time as part of changes to family justice. In a consultation paper the government will propose amending the law to explicitly recognise the importance of children having a relationship with both parents after separation. According to the government, studies … Read More

Parents' access rights after divorce enshrined in law

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The right of both divorced fathers and mothers to see their children is to be enshrined in law for the first time as part of changes to family justice. In a consultation paper the government will propose amending the law to explicitly recognise the importance of children having a relationship with both parents after separation. According to the government, studies … Read More

Plans to speed up family courts published by judge

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Proposals to change the culture of family courts and speed up cases in England and Wales have been published. The plans include a single family court run by judges and magistrates to replace the current system where judges sit in multiple court buildings. The recommendations by Mr Justice Ryder have been backed by the head of the judiciary, the Lord … Read More