March 9th, 2017
Three things to know if you’re a parent
We all hope our relationships will last, but sometimes they don’t.
Ending a relationship can be hard. And it will be harder if you have children.
Who will look after them? How much contact will you have with them?
When you get divorced
1. You can have contact with your child
As a parent, you can have contact with your child—as long as it’s the best thing for them. Try to agree with your partner and child how much contact you have and when you spend time together.
2. You can agree with your partner about where your child is going to live
You could ask your child where they want to live and how much time they want to spend with each of you. You and your partner might agree to your child’s wishes. Or you might agree to handle things another way in your child’s best interests.
3. You can get help to reach agreement
If you and your partner can’t agree where your child is going to live, think about seeing a mediator. A mediator could help you avoid going to court, and save you time and money. Mediation alone is sometimes enough to resolve a dispute. Or mediation can cut down the time you need to spend in court.
Read more about family problems.
To find out who can give you legal advice, go to Types of lawyers.
For free advice on family law or child law, call Corum Children’s Legal Centre.
Article categories: Divorce
November 2nd, 2016
From radio to real life
Radio shows like ‘The Archers’ shine the spotlight on domestic abuse. But do you know what to do if you see it or experience it in real life?
One in four women in England and Wales are victims of domestic violence, a recent study found. And men and children also suffer.
What is domestic violence and abuse?
Domestic abuse takes place between people who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members. Differences in social background, sexuality or ethnicity do not explain it.
There are several types of domestic violence and abuse:
- psychological or emotional – bullying, belittling, stalking or threats to cut contact with children if a person leaves
- physical – kicking, hitting, pushing, hurting
- sexual – sexual harassment or rape
- financial – control over spending, or running up huge credit card debts in another’s name, for example.
How the law can help with domestic abuse
Domestic abuse is wrong. At home, you should feel safe.
Domestic abuse can be a criminal offence.
You may need help from a lawyer. A lawyer can help you get protection from court so that you (and your children) can leave a relationship safely.
Get help with domestic abuse
If you or someone else is in danger, you should dial 999.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you can get free help and advice.
Other organisations also offer support. To find out more, visit Citizens Advice.
Here at Legal Choices, you can learn more about dealing with other family problems.
Article categories: Family
October 24th, 2016
Don’t get a legal fright this Halloween
Halloween is set to be bigger than ever this year. People in the UK now spend more on Halloween than they do on Valentine’s Day. Tesco last year sold around 3 million pumpkins.
Whether you enjoy the spooky events or like to keep your distance, there’s a legal side to Halloween activities that’s good to know.
1. Trick-or-treating: Is it ok?
People in Britain can’t agree about trick-or-treating. Millions do it every Halloween, but 45 per cent see it as an “unwelcome American cultural import”, a 2015 YouGov poll found.
- There’s no legal minimum age limit for a child to go out on their own. But be careful. Find out more from the NSPCC.
- Trick-or-treating is not illegal. But the police have powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. Learn more at Age UK.
2. Horror movies rated 18+: Can under-18s watch them?
Whether you’re a horror film fan or not, there’s no denying they can make big money at the box office.
- Films classified as 18+ are suitable only for adults.
- No one younger than 18 is allowed to watch 18+ rated films in a cinema, or rent or buy copies of them.
- These controls do not apply to watching 18+ rated movies in your home. Find out more from the British Board of Film Classification.
3. Are your Halloween goods faulty?
It doesn’t matter if it’s a dodgy zombie outfit or a pair of vampire fangs that don’t work. If you buy faulty goods, consumer rights protect you.
- The law says goods you buy must be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose, and as described when you buy them.
- Act quickly to get a full refund. Find out more from Which?