Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, is defined across Government as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
What are the types of abuse?
‘Domestic abuse’ covers a range of types of abuse, including, but not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. ‘Domestic abuse’ can be prosecuted under a range of offences, and the term is used to describe a range of controlling and coercive behaviours, used by one person to maintain control over another with whom they have, or have had, an intimate or family relationship.
Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident and is the cumulative and interlinked types of abuse that have a particularly damaging effect on the victim.
The ‘domestic’ nature of the offending behaviour is an aggravating factor because of…
In many cases, divorce has a devastating impact on a family, especially where children are involved. One of the major challenges for separated parents can be agreeing on the arrangements for the children during the holidays and on other important occasions. This, we have seen, is a common area for conflict.
Effective communication and planning ahead is crucial, particularly when considering arrangements for the children.
Holidays and other important dates in the year such as Christmas, Easter, school holidays and birthdays can be a difficult time for children dividing their time between two homes. If parents are not able to agree…
Today marks the start of national Cohabitation Awareness Week which aims to raise awareness about the lack of rights that exist for unmarried couples who live together.
Led by Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters; the week will shine a spotlight on unmarried couples who are at risk of losing everything if the relationship breaks down.
Sophie Pincott, partner and family law solicitor at Peter Lynn and Partners, commented “There are about 7 million people in the UK living in this type of relationship, making this the fastest growing…
More and more couples are living together without getting married and many people
believe that cohabiting couples have equivalent rights to married couples once they have lived together for a period of time (the myth of ‘common law marriage’).
However, this is not the case in England and Wales.
People who live together but do not marry never acquire the same rights and responsibilities as those who do get married, no matter how long they are together and regardless of whether or not they have children.
Nevertheless, if you own your own property, or are moving into a partner’s property, there are issues…
A pre-wedding checklist is essential and part of this checklist should be the consideration for a prenuptial agreement.
In today’s modern society, prenuptial agreements are no longer just for the rich and famous. Courts are beginning to recognise the importance of a parties’ autonomy and will consider prenuptial agreements when all the correct procedures are followed and conditions are met.
Prenuptial agreements enable you and your future spouse to agree what you want for the future before you get married. As you and your spouse are entering into an agreement of how the assets will be split should the marriage end,…
Peter Lynn and Partners specialise in child law, understanding the sensitivity and expertise required when dealing with the interests of children. Our experience of acting for parents and children in difficult child arrangement disputes allows us an intimate understanding of how to work towards the best interests of the child.
When a family is separating, whether the parents are married or not, planning the future of any children involved is difficult. With whom and where will they reside? What contact will take place? Where will they be educated? Will they keep the same name?
If issues regarding the time each parent…
The Office of National Statistics has reported that English seaside towns have a higher proportion of divorcees than elsewhere in England.
Blackpool tops the list at 13.1% of the population being divorced.
If you are affected by relationship break up and need expert advice call Sophie Pincott on 01792 310731