FAQs Categorized: Family Law
Can I get a “quickie” divorce?
A quickie divorce is simply a divorce that is not defended by the other party. There is one ground for divorce and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is established by proving one of five facts. As long as you can establish that fact, you have grounds to issue a petition. If… Read more »
Can I get legal aid if Social Services are planning to remove my child?
Child Protection procedures usually require Local Authorities to meet with parents to set out their concerns in case Court proceedings can be avoided. Persons with parental responsibility are entitled to free legal help to attend such meetings. There is no means test. If or when the case proceeds to Court on an application for either… Read more »
How is harm defined in care cases?
It is defined as ill-treatment or the impairment of health or development (including impairment from seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another). Health means physical or mental health. Development means physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. Ill-treatment includes sexual abuse and forms of ill-treatment which are not physical.
Can Social Services remove my child into care, and if so on what grounds?
If Social Services consider that a child is at risk of significant harm, or has suffered significant harm, they can apply to the Court for a care order. If granted, this enables Social Services to share parental responsibility with the parent and decide where the child should live and how often he or she should… Read more »
How much does a divorce cost?
For an uncontested divorce, legal fees will typically be less than £500 plus VAT and the court fees. Fees are usually shared by the parties. In a contested divorce, at each hearing the court may make an order regarding the costs of the applications that the court has just dealt with. Usually, the party who… Read more »