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A company’s articles of association are of paramount importance; they are the key constitutional document setting out the basic management and administrative structure of a company.

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If your child is aged under 16, it is possible to change their name by deed poll providing that all of the parties with Parental Responsibility are in agreement. However, the child’s birth certificate will not normally be changed as this is a historical record from when the child was born.

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When a child is removed from one of the parents without the other parent’s permission or a child is not returned at a pre-arranged time, it is important to act quickly to reinstate the child’s normal or pre-agreed routine.

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Whenever possible separating parties should speak to one another and make arrangements for the care of the children which are in the children’s best interests and can be worked around by both parents.

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Most of the legal rights given to parents are by way of Parental Responsibility (PR). PR means ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law’.

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You can apply to end or dissolve your civil partnership if you have been in the partnership for at least one year. It is very similar to divorce, in that you will need to make an application to the court.

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When parties separate they may be able to reach an amicable agreement about the finances of the household and how these should be divided going forward. However, for most this can be the most difficult area to resolve.

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We can provide you with the peace of mind of conducting your divorce on a fixed fee basis. We will be able to provide you with the figure at the outset, allowing you to budget and plan your finances in advance.

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Under the Equality Act 2010 harassment is defined as unwanted conduct which is related to either; age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation and is therefore unlawful.

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Under the Equality Act there are 9 specific areas which are called protected characteristics; any discrimination against workers because of these characteristics would be unlawful.

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It is important that businesses handle the termination of a director’s contract appropriately, especially if you need to achieve a swift exit without disrupting the operation of the business.

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Employers should enter into a period of consultation with their employees, giving them information on why the redundancies are necessary and if there are any alternatives available.

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Whether it is direct or indirect discrimination, a case of harassment, or failure to promote diversity, the Equality Act makes discrimination unacceptable in the workplace.

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Employers should enter into a period of consultation with their employees, giving them information on why the redundancies are necessary and if there are any alternatives available.

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As an employer you have to be cautious with how you deal with dismissals in order to not be accused of an unfair dismissal.

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Failure to comply with employment legislation can be devastating for a business. Compensation awards for unfair dismissal claims can be in excess of £75,000 and awards for discrimination are unlimited.

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Poole Alcock, Cheshire’s leading divorce lawyers, are proud to be supporting Resolution’s awareness raising...

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Good Divorce Week 2016

21st November 2016

News : Divorce & Family

Poole Alcock, Cheshire’s leading divorce lawyers, are proud to be supporting Resolution’s awareness raising campaign- Good Divorce Week- which will run from 28 November to 2 December. Resolution is an organisation comprising over 6,500 members who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.

To coincide with this campaign Resolution has released a revised version of their Code of Practice. The code promotes a practical approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of the children.

As such, here at Poole Alcock you can expect that we will:

  • Listen to you, be honest with you and treat you with respect.
  • Explain all the options and give you confidence to make the right decisions.
  • Help you focus on what’s important in the long-term.
  • Help you balance financial and emotional costs with what you want to achieve.
  • Work with others to find the right approach and the best solutions for you.
  • Manage stress in what can be an already stressful situation.

We have family law experts in each of our offices across Cheshire who will work with you determinedly to achieve the best outcome, whilst also being fully committed to these principles.

Lobby Day

In addition, as part of the Good Divorce Week, on Wednesday 30th November Resolution members will be travelling to Westminster to hold a Lobby Day in Parliament. This year members will be campaigning for ‘no fault divorce’ and ‘improving rights for cohabiting couples’. We explain these initiatives further below:

No-fault divorce

Currently, in order to divorce, unless couples have been living apart for two years or more, one of them must apportion some form of blame, that is either by way of adultery or unreasonable behaviour. This can create conflict and ill-feeling between the parties and can make reaching an amicable agreement much more difficult. By removing the ‘blame factor’ from divorce, Resolution believe it will assist parties to resolve their problems and reach an agreement outside of the courts.

Improving rights for cohabiting couples

Cohabitees are the fastest growing family type in the UK and at present these cohabiting couples have little or no legal protection if they separate. Resolution are calling for a legal framework of rights and responsibilities for when unmarried couples who live together split up or one of them dies. This framework would enable the courts to make the same types of orders as they currently do in divorce proceedings, albeit on a different, more limited basis.

What can you do now?

Until these reforms are incorporated, bearing in mind that the ‘no fault divorce’ concept was originally proposed over 10 years ago, you will need a solicitor who is skilled at managing your divorce proceedings in a professional and civilised way. Here at Poole Alcock we will work to encourage parties to put their differences aside and reach fair agreements. By adopting this mind-set we hope to avoid protracted, stressful and often expensive court proceedings, whenever possible. Whilst also ensuring we do everything we can to achieve a satisfactory outcome for you.

If you are not married but you are considering living with your partner or you already live together, you may want to consider drawing up a Cohabitation Agreement. This agreement will set out the intentions of the parties at the outset. This could be in relation to ownership of belongings, financial arrangements or provision for any children of the partnership. In order for any agreement to be legally binding in the event of a split, there are certain criteria which must be complied with. Here at Poole Alcock we can help you avoid complex and often costly legal disputes by advising you fully and drawing up a binding agreement. This will give cohabiting couples peace of mind until the much needed reforms are considered by Parliament.

Call our Freephone number 0800 389 7093 (24/7, 7 days a week) and arrange to meet with an expert Family Law Solicitor for a free, no obligation, initial consultation at one of our offices and discuss your options.

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