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A surge in challenges faced by children and families in an era of austerity has resulted in a demand for help in children’s services, according to new research. The report released last month – Safeguarding Pressures – was the sixth phase of the study and had the highest ever response rate from 140 of the 152 local authorities in England, covering 11.3 million (95%) children and young people under 18.

Heterosexual couples across England and Wales will soon be able to choose to enter into civil partnerships instead of marriage. Civil partnerships will provide heterosexual couples with financial advantages which, until now, were only available through marriage.

Statistics published by the Spanish government show that property prices in Spain have increased during the second quarter of 2018 by 6.8%. The current market value of Spanish housing is 2.6% higher compared to the second quarter of 2017. It was also reported that the national property price index is 23.9% higher than it was four years ago.

Relationship troubles are inevitable, but how you handle the situation is entirely dependent on you and your personal circumstance. Issues can range from daily life stresses, money problems, parenting techniques to disputes among family members and friends.

The sad fact is that the most up to date statistics show that 42% of marriages end in divorce with half of those occurring in the first 10 years of marriage. That is the highest divorce rate in Europe and does not take into account the number of cohabitees that separate.

Great news that at long last the government seems prepared to do away with the fault based divorce system. Many of us could never understand why the law on this point was so out of touch on this issue.

If you are lucky enough to own a property in Spain but unlucky to have squatters in it, you will be pleased to hear of the latest legal changes about to come into effect. Under the new rules a fast-track procedure has been introduced to allow owners to get squatters out in a matter of weeks; previously squatters rights allowed them to fight in court for an average of 15 months.

There are more than 100 pieces of legislation that govern how landlords can operate, many relate to the initial paperwork that needs to be in place at the start of a tenancy agreement.

Brexit is causing great uncertainty and anxiety especially for UK citizens who have property and other interests in the EU. One thing that is certain is that if you are a UK tax payer and have property in Spain you will pay far more inheritance tax (IHT) after Brexit unless you act now.

A recent article in the Guardian highlighted research that questioned the thinking that has been around for many years about staying in an unhappy marriage.  The thinking often quoted as “mend it, don’t end it” has long been promoted but studies have now found that not always to be the best advice.

We are delighted to have been invited to attend the recent Your Overseas Home event in Manchester, where Susana Diez was able to speak to guests about how we can help you buy your property in Spain. It will be a big investment for you so it’s vital that you get expert advice and assistance throughout the process. The Spanish legal system is very different from the UK, you need to have a solicitor who can ensure the property

Cost of MEES Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for properties that are to be let, come into force on 1 April 2018. Residential landlords of properties with an EPC rating of F or G will be compelled by law to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties, but under existing law only if this can be done at “no cost to the landlord”. However, the government has now issued a consultation, which suggests that landlords of sub-standard

As many people will be aware the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is currently being debated in the House of Lords. Resolution have provided an update as they have been putting their views to the Government in writing and now have a meeting scheduled for this month with the officials involved in the debate. They plan to discuss alternatives to the current structure. Resolution have stated that: “Whilst it will be difficult to shift

A word of warning from our Litigation Solicitor, Kate Austen. Many landlords may have lovely tenants, who pay rent on time, care for the property and leave it in a good condition. However, there are some landlords who will also have come across the bad tenant. In the last 12 months Kate has acted for a landlord during an extenuated possession procedure simply because the landlord had not carried out the appropriate checks on the tenant

The Government has announced that it is going to support a Private Members Bill, to enable tenants to sue for breach of contract, if their homes do not meet minimum safety standards. There have been many measures over the years, which have had the cumulative effect of increasing the burden of legislation on Landlords, so that: • Deposits must be placed in a Tenancy Deposit Scheme

While this is an exciting time of year for many people it can be a time where difficulties in a relationship can become exacerbated. Particularly if children are involved. Most parents will want to spend time with their children over Christmas so ideally what the children might like to do needs to also be taken into account. If you haven’t made plans already try to agree where the children will be, for how long and perhaps

Nigel Shepherd, chairman of the family lawyers association Resolution, of which Reshma is a member, says that family arbitrations handled by them have doubled in a year. Arbitration can be binding or non-binding but either way can be quicker and more flexible than the court system. Using a Resolution member solicitor will give you more flexibility and control of both your time, and has the potential to reduce your costs.

Baroness Hale, the first female president of the Supreme Court and Britain’s most senior judge, is now backing the Times campaign for the law to be changed to end fault-based divorce. Resolution has been campaigning for this change for a long time and this is a positive step. Labrums' Family solicitor and Resolution member, Reshma, says: “the current divorce process can result in couples lying about each other to divorce

Susana Diez has recently returned from a few days in Murcia at the IV Congress of International Legal Practice which was organised by the Bar Association of Murcia. The focus of the conference was current European Legislation, new regulations specifically about Family and Property Law and the effects of Brexit. Whilst Susana can help with all aspects of Spanish law; an update on the Spanish property process for both purchase and sales, covering

With this week focusing on children in need it is important to remember what a child needs when parents are separating or divorcing. All the things your child needed before the divorce or separation will still be needed no matter what the age. How those needs get met, can be a real challenge as some parents have different parenting styles, household structures and rules.    It helps when parents are on the same page about everyday