19 Feb 2019
Parental alienation, as it has come to be known, is a term that has been used with increasing frequency in the debate over child contact, following the separation of the child(ren)'s parents. Donna Roberts explains.Read more
National Adoption Week runs from 15-21 October. Across the North West, there are now more children who need to be placed within a loving home than there are available adopters.
This week’s initiative is run by the charity First 4 Adoption and hopes to raise awareness across the country in order to find permanent families for children who, in the main, are accommodated by local authorities.
"Across the North West, there are now more children who need to be placed within a loving home than there are available adopters."
Nick Hodson, partner, McAlister Family Law
The adoption process involves a number of stages and can take many months. Before a person embarks on this journey, it is vital that they undertake their own research as to what adoption entails and whether they feel that they have the attributes that are required to offer a long-term family to a child.
So, who can adopt a child?
You may be able to adopt if you’re 21 or over (there’s no upper age limit) and either:
14 Feb 2019
When married couples separate, the divorce itself is intended to be a straight forward procedure, even more so when no-fault divorce is made law. But with divorce comes the issue of resolving your financial arrangements. Everything relevant is considered: the assets of the marriage, which might be the matrimonial home and/or other properties - perhaps a holiday home - any business interests, savings, investments and, of course, pensions.Read more
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