March 24th, 2017
How to stay on track
Driving laws help keep you and others safe. Some driving offences won’t land you in court, but others will.
New driving laws came into force in March. Every driver should know about them.
Three facts about the legal driving seat
1. Using your mobile phone
It is against the law to use a handheld mobile phone while you drive. If you get caught, you will incur six penalty points and pay a £200 fine. New drivers will lose their licence.
If you end up in court, you could be fined up to £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles can be fined up to £2,500.
The same penalties apply to using a handheld phone in standing traffic, at traffic lights or while parked up with your car’s engine running.
2. Using your smart phone as a sat nav
Many of us rely on Google Maps on our smart phones to navigate.
You can still use your smart phone as a sat nav, as long as you:
- set it up before your journey
- do not touch it while driving
- place it in a holder correctly.
If you need to touch your phone – to change your route, for example – stop in a safe place first and turn off the engine.
You could be charged with careless driving if you let your sat nav distract you.
3. Car seats
We all want children to be safe. Children must use the correct type of car booster seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
If you are about to buy a booster seat, make sure you choose the best one.
New laws mean that backless booster seats first brought to market on or after 1 March 2017 can only be used by children who are taller than 125cm and weigh more than 22kg.
So, while you can legally keep on using backless booster seats you already own, it’s worth bearing in mind that many experts say backless booster seats are not safe for younger children. High-backed booster seats are a safer option.
If you are charged for a motoring offence and you aren’t sure what to do, think about seeking legal advice.
Article categories: Driving
March 10th, 2017
Three helpful things to know
Seeing your parents argue can be upsetting. And it’s worse if they are going through a divorce. Who will look after you? Who can you have contact with?
When your parents get a divorce
1. You can see each of your parents
You can have contact with both your parents, as long as it’s the best thing for you. The amount of contact time you have with each parent needs to be agreed.
2. You can have your say about where to live
You should speak to your parents about the amount of time you want to spend with each of them. Your parents might both agree to your wishes, or they might not agree with you or with each other.
Your parents can see a mediator or go to court to decide how much contact you will have with them.
A court order can say who you must live with until you are 18 years old. After that, you can choose where to live and who to live with. If there is no court order, you can decide where to live when you reach the age of 16.
3. It is a good idea to get help and advice
You might find it hard to talk to your parents. There are many ways to get help. You can contact Childline about anything. You can talk to them about any worries you have about your parents’ divorce. Childline is here to help.
Call Corum Children’s Legal Centre for free help understanding family law or child law.
If you are having any other problems, why not see if the law can help you?
Article categories: Divorce
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