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AbuseTalk Interview with Jennifer Gilmour
A new series of interviews with those that work in the domestic abuse sector. Getting an inside feel for what its really like in their job role and sharing it with all of you.  A new interview will go live on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm GMT*  This is the second interview in the series and an important one at that, watch as I speak with Lisa Pickering who is a solicitor from Picasso Legal.  We cover thoughts and opinions as well as how to apply for legal aid, how to handle difficult situations and more. Lisa is the main sponsor for the Abuse Talk forum which is FREE to join, you can ask her questions for free over there.  Find out more about the Abuse Talk forum here:
Telford firm wins legal aid contract to help families in need
A small independent Telford family law firm has won a Legal Aid contract which could be worth up to £500,000 over the next 12 months. Picasso Legal is now able to take on clients who qualify for legal aid in family matters, meaning they can assist where disputes over finances or children have occurred following a relationship breakdown. Lisa Pickering, director of Picasso Legal said the contract win from the Legal Aid Agency was a huge boost to the small firm based within Meeting Point House in Telford town centre. Ms Pickering launched her firm in 2014 specialising in family law but her services have expanded along with her team which also helps organisations which support victims of domestic abuse. Ms Pickering launched her business with the aim of offering affordable legal advice at a time when families may already be feeling the financial strain of a break-up. The launch came a year after changes in the law which affected who was eligible for legal aid - which is normally given in cases of domestic violence or where a child is at risk of abuse. Ms Pickering offers free 30-minute consultations and is also a Resolution advanced specialist, with particular...
Consent Order - Financial Protection after Divorce
When you get married, you become financially linked to your spouse. Those links relate to income, property, pensions, debt, everything. When you get divorced, those links remain. In Dudley in the West Midlands, a few years back, somebody won the lottery. They'd been divorced for 10 years but they still faced a claim from their ex. Ok, they'd just won the lottery so she gave him money to go away, end of story. But it would generally have been better for them if they didn't face a claim at all. If one of the parties remarries, then they have a new spouse to look after them financially. This means they can't make a claim against their ex. But they are still vulnerable to a claim FROM their ex, unless their ex has remarried as well. Imagine you've got your divorce and you remarry. Your financial circumstances take a dive (perhaps you've lost your job) and your ex has plenty of money and still lives in the old matrimonial home. You can't claim any of it. You've remarried.  Now imagine you've remarried but your ex hasn't. Your ex loses their job and is struggling financially. You could still recieve a claim for some of the money in the matrimonial home. Yes you've...
Grounds for Divorce
In the UK there is only one ground for the divorce - that the marriage has irretrievably broken down, can't be fixed, ever. Within a divorce petition you have to give a fact that proves that the marriage has broken down so irretrievably and you have five facts to choose from. You may find that more than one applies but your petition needs to be based on just one. They are: 1. That your spouse has behaved in such a way that you can't be reasonably expected to continue living with them.  This covers a pretty broad set of circumstances because it is specificially about what YOU have found unbearable - not what your next door neighbour, mother, spouse thinks - YOU.  This can be almost anything but there is a sliding scale of unreasonableness. There are some things that we all would consider unreasonable - domestic abuse, having relationships with other men/women - and there other things that may only be unreasonable for you.  If your spouse has been coming in from work and putting their feet on the coffee table without first taking off their shoes, AND YOU GET UPSET BY THAT, then doing it repeatedly is unreasonable.  But you're going to need more examples at the...