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Domestic Abuse Draft Bill

Domestic Abuse Draft Bill

On 21st January 2019 the Government unveiled its much-awaited draft domestic abuse bill. Until now in England and Wales there has been no single dedicated law or policy in respect of domestic abuse. There have been over the years some significant steps in the right direction such as an updated definition of domestic abuse in 2013, introducing coercive control as a stand-alone offence in 2015 and updating the criminal sentencing guidelines in 2018 which recognise the seriousness of domestic abuse. Despite this the lack of a unified legal framework and policy, progress... Read full article

Are you facing a marriage or relationship breakdown?

Are you facing a marriage or relationship breakdown?

When the exception of 2017, figures from the National Office of Statistics show divorce rates continue to rise with 42% of marriages ending in divorce. Divorce continues to be one of the most stressful periods in a person's life. Research also shows that the post-festive season is the time most divorces are initiated. With this in mind the Alsters Kelley family team look at how the process can be made as stress free as possible for all concerned. If there are dependent children involved in the breakdown of the marriage, try and explain the situation to the... Read full article

Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge from 8th January 2019

Increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge from 8th January 2019

The Government announced its plans in October 2018 to double the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) a fee which is paid by migrants seeking entry clearance and or leave to remain in the  United Kingdom (UK) for 6 months or more . The IHS is a contribution to the National Health Service (NHS) and it was first introduced by the Government in 2015. This payment is in addition to the visa application fee, which is mandatory.  The planned increase to this fee was approved by Parliament last year and it was initially anticipated that the increase would take effect... Read full article

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