Traditionally the beginning of a new year is often a busy time for family solicitors receiving a spike in new divorce enquiries. Christmas can prove to be one stress too many for some couples, with online divorce applications even logged during the festive season. What the 24-hour online facility does not do is to consider the many thousands of children who are affected by their parent’s breakdown.
Family & Mediation
Divorce can be stressful and it can be tempting for separating couples to try and save time and money by getting a quick, do-it-yourself divorce. However, there is a real danger that cutting corners now by getting a ‘quickie’ divorce could cost you dearly in the longer term.
Many people don’t realise that any change in marital status will change the effectiveness of a Will. If you don’t keep your Will updated as life changes, you could be in danger of leaving loved ones without the inheritance you intended and a family dispute over your estate.
In December 2015 coercive and controlling behaviour became illegal in England and Wales. Since then, there has been a steady rise in awareness of the signs of coercive control and an increase in allegations.
- What is coercive control?
Domestic abuse is not just physical. Coercive control is a persistent form of emotional and psychological abuse, forming a pattern of behavior by an abuser to harm, punish or frighten their victim. Examples of this behaviour include:
Rebecca Eels, Senior Associate in Stone King's Family & Mediation Team, has been appointed to join the board of the Family Mediators Association (FMA). The membership organisation represents more than 300 family mediators and supports the education, training and high professional standards of mediators in England and Wales.