Parental Child Abduction

Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean you can separate your child from your spouse whenever, wherever, and for whatever reason. Families, divorcing or not, are bound by law. Taking a child away from his home without the consent of those with parental responsibility or the court constitutes parental child abduction.

In just under a decade, parental child abduction cases have increased by 88%, reports the Foreign Office. The increasing number of cross-cultural marriages, soaring divorce rates, more lenient immigration law and the falling cost of international travel have all been causes for the increasing numbers of international child custody cases, some of which have led to parental abduction. Continue reading

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How Lawyers Can Help in Tricky immigration Issues

When you hear some stories of immigrants in London, it’s easy to become intimidated. There are some people that get taken to immigrant detention centres, stripped of their British citizenship, or deported to their native country (even if they have not lived there for decades). There are also some people studying or working in the U.K. who have violated the stipulations of their visa and are facing difficulties in getting a British passport or a new visa.

Usually, these scenarios happen when you don’t have enough proper documents to prove your legal right to live, study, or work in the country. You may also experience problems that, unfortunately, gives rise to run-ins with immigration laws such as a relative abroad who got sick and required you to be away from London for too long. These and other stories are truly daunting, and similar events can happen to any immigrant who may have issues with their citizenship. Continue reading

How to Handle Money Matters during a Divorce

When a married couple decides to call it quits, more often than not, a game of “who gets what” is played. Usually, soon-to-be ex-spouses tend to have an arrangement done wherein their finances and most of what they own would be split up right down the middle. There are times, however, when one or both parties feel that they are entitled to a bigger piece of the fiscal pie, especially if the amount or properties in question are substantial. Continue reading

Here’s Why You Should Move to London Right Now

Lots of people are choosing London as their new home, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s certainly one of the most picturesque cities in world, and also one of the best to live in. Here’s why you should join the movement:

An extremely vibrant music scene– No matter where you find yourself in London-town, there’s a great chance that you’ll catch a concert or a gig. London itself is home to over 300 venues staging an average of 17,000 performances a year, which will surely treat even the most discriminating of musical tastes. Continue reading

Check the Fine Print before You Say I Do!

Prenups have become very popular in recent years, particularly since the landmark case of Radmacher v Granatino (2009) which saw the Courts give significant weight to such Agreements. Whilst strictly speaking they are not legally enforceable, the courts are more likely to uphold them.

If you want to protect your personal property, financial investments, items with sentimental value that go far beyond their worth in cash, such as family heirlooms, you should consider a prenup. You do not really want to start a family not knowing what the marriage entails. Having a prenuptial agreement will not only provide a degree of certainty but it will make sure that your marital relationship starts with all communication lines open and help reduce conflict and save money if you divorce. Continue reading

Dealing with an Immigrant Deportation Decision

In recent times, the immigration rules of the U.K. have become more stringent, demanding more requirements from migrants that wish to stay in the country. Those found to be lacking the necessary documents and proofs can be deported back to their countries of origin by the government. While such decisions can be painful to resolve, those immigrants affected by the ruling still have a fighting chance, if they know how to properly approach their dilemma. Continue reading

What Your Divorce Lawyer Should Be Doing for You

Divorce is a long and arduous legal process that can truly test your patience. If you and your spouse have come to an agreement to separate, an adept solicitor should be able to help smoothen and hasten the process on your behalf.

There are several things that a solicitor can do for you. Before anything else, he or she should listen to what you want to happen. For example, do you want to split your assets down the middle, or do you want sole possession of all or several of your accounts? Once you’ve delineated such information, then your solicitor can come up with the proper game plan. Continue reading