Parental Involvement

  On 22 October 2014, section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (CAF Act) was enforced, allowing that: “each parent should continue to be ‘involved’ in their children’s lives so long [...]

Step Parents – Know Your Rights

It is common these days for parents to marry or enter into long-term relationships with someone who is not their child’s biological parent.  Step parents often develop strong bonds with children [...]

Violence On and Off the Pitch During the World Cup

Luis Suarez’s alleged  biting incident has not been the only violence during the World Cup. West Yorkshire Police reported that calls about domestic abuse more than doubled during England’s first [...]

Ridley & Hall Invited to Showcase its Talent

Meena Kumari, Partner and Head of the Family team featured in the Huddersfield Examiner ‘Women in Business’ section. Huddersfield born Meena reflected upon the success of Family First on its [...]

Happy First Birthday Family First

A year after its launch Ridley & Hall celebrates the success of Family First. Family First is an innovative and unique service that supports families in need of legal advice.  This service [...]

April Brings Landmark Changes in Family Justice

April marks two major developments in the world of family law with the implementation of the Children & Families Act 2014 and the integration to the Single Family Court. The Act which comes [...]

Gwyneth & Chris – Conscious Uncoupling – In Love But Separate

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced on 26th March 2014 their intention to separate. They announced it on goop.com and said:- “It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to [...]

What Will Happen to My Pension When I Divorce?

When a marriage breaks down a pension is treated as an important matrimonial asset; the value of which should be shared fairly between the separating couple. Where parties have been in a [...]

Married or Living Together for the Over 65s?

Recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of unmarried over-65s living together has increased from 177,000 to 250,000 in eight years, increasing by more [...]

Children of Domestic Abuse Victims at Risk

A report by the Family Rights Group has highlighted the need for mothers facing domestic violence to get urgent skilled legal advice. Nigel Priestley, who is a Trustee of the Family Rights Group, [...]

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