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Please find below the latest blog posts from our Family team.

Ask The Legal Expert - Parental Consent

Angela Killa
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My 9-year-old daughter lives with my ex, who has remarried. My ex-wife and I had a recent row and she’s refusing to let me take our daughter abroad next month, as previously arranged. What can I do? Disputes such as these are stressful for all...

Ask The Legal Expert: Divorce and Contact

Angela Killa
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Angela Killa, from our Family Law team, tackles a common divorce issue where a couple are divorcing with recrimination on both sides. My 13-year-old daughter is becoming distant from me and my wife has said, in front of our child, that spending time with...

Ask The Legal Expert- Taking Children Out Of School

Angela Killa
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This month, Angela Killa, from the Family Law team at JCP Solicitors, tackles an issue around leaves of absence from school. We’re planning a family reunion in the US for a relative’s 70th birthday, so we need to travel on a particular date....

Ask The Legal Expert: Pre Nups and the Farm Business.

Matthew Wells
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This month Matthew Wells, an Associate Solicitor who specialises in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements, tackles the issue of Pre Nups and the Farm Business. My parents and I are in a farming partnership and I’m planning to get...

Ask The Legal Expert- Marriage V Civil Partnership

Angela Killa
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This month Angela Killa, from the Family Law team at JCP Solicitors, shares her advice regarding the legal distinctions between marriage and civil partnerships. My partner has just proposed to me and we are very excited about our future together. We are in...

Ask The Legal Expert- Abusive Partners & Child Contact

Angela Killa
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This month Angela Killa, based in our Carmarthen office, shares her advice regarding access to a child after allegations of an abusive partnership. "My ex-boyfriend has applied to the Court to see our daughter. He was abusive towards me, I’m...

Swansea family lawyer travels to Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

Matthew Wells
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Matthew Wells, a family lawyer from JCP Solicitors in Swansea, travelled to Parliament today to meet with local MP Carolyn Harris. Mr Wells was taking part in a major lobby of Parliament organised by family law organisation Resolution, who represent 6,500...

Happy Christmas for the Modern, Complex Family

Angela Killa
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Christmas is, of course, a time of celebration, reflection upon the year gone by and the year ahead, and a time for family. For many of us it can also be fraught with extra stresses and pitfalls – not least for the *more than 500,000 step-families in...

New Family Law Specialist Joins JCP Solicitors Carmarthen Team

Angela Killa
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JCP Solicitors has boosted its well-respected Family Law team in Carmarthen, with a new recruit to the firm. Angela Killa will be part of the busy Family Law team at JCP’s Carmarthen office, joining Head of the Team Sali Jackson-Thomas, Matthew Wells...

Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Not just for Hollywood Stars

Matthew Wells
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Matthew Wells, a solicitor in JCP's Family Law Team who specialises in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements, answers a question about Pre Nups.... I’m planning to get married at the end of next year. Without wanting...

Divorce without lawyers: Be Aware.

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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A recent report from Citizens Advice (March 2016) shows that since funding for legal aid was reduced in 2013 many more people are now going to the family courts without a lawyer (as a litigant in person). The report shows that nine in ten litigants in person...

Ex partners still entitled to a Share of the wealth even if cohabiting

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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Karen Hart and John Hart started living together in 1983. They married in 1987 and had two children. Divorce proceedings were commenced in 2011. In 2015 Judge Wildblood ordered that she should receive £3.5 million. Mr Hart appealed this award. On 26...

The Decree Absolute does not mean it is all over financially

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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In divorce proceedings, particularly when the parties do not instruct Solicitors, there is a misconception that the Decree Absolute brings an end to financial claims. That is not the case at all. Spouses and former spouses have rights to make financial...

Ask The Legal Expert: Grandparents Rights

Matthew Wells
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This month Matthew Wells, an Associate Solicitor who specialises in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements, advises a grandparent on providing a legally secure home for her granddaughter. "My granddaughter has been living with me for...

JCP Family Mediation Celebrates 20 Years.

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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Sali Jackson-Thomas has since 1996 been offering Family Mediation in Swansea.  She has over this time helped many separating and divorcing couples from across South and South West Wales reach their own agreements about finances and child arrangements....

Pensions on Divorce and the New Legislation : The importance of Expert Advice

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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The percentage of marriages ending in divorce is approximately 42%. More people than ever are divorcing later in life. Frequently a party's pension can be the biggest asset in a marriage with available cash and property values decreasing. The usual way...

Ask the Legal Expert: Child Maintenance Responsibilities

Matthew Wells
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Matthew Wells, an Associate Solicitor in our Family Team, and a specialist in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements, tackles the issue of child maintenance responsibilities. "I am a single mother with a two-year-old son from a brief...

Ask The Legal Expert: Financial Claims Following Divorce

Matthew Wells
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Matthew Wells, Family Solicitor, Resolution Specialist and expert in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements, highlights the issue of financial claims following a divorce. My wife was the petitioner in our divorce in 2008 and at that time...

Another Valuable Expertise Boost for JCP Solicitors

Matthew Wells
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A key member of JCP Solicitors’ Family Law team has now added to his expertise by qualifying as a Resolution Specialist. Matthew Wells, has been a Solicitor in the Family Law team with JCP since December 2013, and a member of Resolution since 2010. To...

Family Team at JCP Urges DIY Divorcers to Check Forms.

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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If people going through divorce cannot reach agreement in relation to financial settlement then an application is made to the family court. There is a specific form for making the application known as “Form A”. Once that form is sent to the...

Ask The Legal Expert- Parental Responsibility for Step Children.

Matthew Wells
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This month Matthew Wells,  Family Solicitor and specialist in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements tackles the issue of Parental Responsibility.  I have recently re-married and my husband would like to take on Parental...

Ask the legal expert: Farming Partnerships & Pre-Nups

Matthew Wells
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This month Matthew Wells, an Associate Solicitor who specialises in divorce, financial disputes and cohabitation agreements tackles the issue of pre-nups and the farming business.  My parents and I are in a farming partnership and I’m planning...

Why We All Should Make A Lasting Power Of Attorney

JCP Solicitors
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Whilst we do not like to think about it, the number of those suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s is on the increase.  Also due to a more advanced health service we are more likely to survive an illness, such as a stroke and heart attack. ...

Shared Parental Leave Regulations - Is Your Business Ready?

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Last week the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 came into force. This will enable employees who have babies due on or after 5 April 2015 to share up to one year’s leave with their partner. The Regulations will allow Mothers, or the primary carers...

Don't Forget The Pension

Matthew Wells
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I am still amazed by the number of divorce clients who are so fixated on the matrimonial home (which in these difficult economic times is not always as valuable as first perceived) that they almost completely disregard their spouse’s pension which in...

Be My Valentine (But Please Sign On The Dotted Line)

Matthew Wells
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In the spirit of Valentine’s day, what is more romantic than saying....“I want to marry you for you, not your money, your inheritance, your house and fast car”? By entering into a pre-nuptial agreement you can say just that, whilst at the...

A Better Way To Face The Bad Times

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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Dealing with a separation can be one of the most difficult situations that a person can face, but as Family Dispute Resolution Week (25-29th November) aims to show, the upset of family breakdown doesn’t have to become a case to battle out in courts. ...