21 September 2012 by

Help for young victims of domestic violence

The official definition of domestic violence is to be changed from March 2013. This follows the publication of responses to a government consultation on this issue.

Currently, domestic violence is defined as “any incident of threatening behaviour, or abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.” The majority of respondents to the government consultation wished to see those aged 16-17 included in the definition, a move which is hoped will ensure that thousands of teenage victims who are abused while in a relationship get the help and support they need. The definition is also to be widened to include “coercive control”, which is defined as complex patterns of abuse by one partner using power and psychological control over another, such as financial, verbal abuse or enforced social isolation.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence and require advice, please contact the team at Bolt Burdon.

For further details of the government consultation and responses, please follow the link below:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/definition-domestic-violence/

13 September 2012 by

Divorce laws lambasted as “incomplete and uninformative”

The Law Commission has launched a further Consultation Paper ‘Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements’ as part of its project examining a number of different aspects of the law relating to the financial consequences of divorce and the dissolution of civil partnership.

13 September 2012 by

“Dig up Down Under”

It was recently reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that a man was forced to dig up his parents’ ashes after the Family Court in Australia ordered his former wife retain the family farm as part of the divorce settlement. The husband had to demolish the memorial garden he had established, which included removing headstones over buried urns containing his parents’ ashes.

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