Pets and the law: Do you have a story to tell?

April was National Pet Month - a chance to celebrate life with pets. Most pet owners will do anything for their pets, whatever the time of year. Some even leave millions behind for their animal friends. Sadly, other pet owners fail to meet even the basic needs of their pets required by law.

Three ways owning a pet could bring you into contact with the law

1. Leaving a gift for your pet in your will

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The legal driving seat

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.

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Are your parents getting divorced?

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.

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Thinking about getting divorced?

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.

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Domestic abuse

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.

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Five surprising legal facts about adoption

Most children in the UK are raised by their birth parents. But more than 3,000 children in England alone are waiting for a family to adopt them.

Have you ever thought about adopting a child? If so, perhaps worries about the law and your right to adopt have stopped you from taking the next steps.

Here are five legal facts about adoption that many people don't know.

1.    I'm single. Can I adopt? You can adopt if you are single or an unmarried couple. It doesn't matter what your gender or sexual orientation is.

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The lowdown on going to court

If you are accused of breaking the law and are ordered to go to court, you will get a Duty Solicitor—a lawyer who is supplied to you for free. This is legal aid.

They will talk to you before your court case and will go to court with you to put your side of the story across. It's very important for you to tell them everything and be honest with them, so they can help you.

If you are under 16, you must have a parent or guardian with you in court. If they aren't there, it will hold up the process.

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Students out for summer

As schools, colleges and universities break up for summer, there's all sorts planned. Pokémon Go—gotta catch 'em all—might keep you busy. For some, a fun-packed holiday abroad is on the cards.  

But many students will start a new job. Summer is an ideal time to gain new skills—and earn some cash!

There's usually a summer job to suit everyone. You could be volunteering overseas or working in residential summer camps, outdoor centres, festivals or holiday parks.

Wherever you end up, it's worth being aware of the law and how it can help you.

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Lower prices, more choice: Using a solicitor could become easier

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) wants to know what people think about changes it's planning to the way solicitors offer their services. The SRA believes the changes will help make solicitors easier to afford and access.

One in ten people think about paying for legal advice but then don't go ahead, mainly because they decide they can't afford it, reports YouGov.

The SRA wants to let solicitors offer legal services even if they don't work in a regulated law firm, and thinks this change could help lower prices.

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