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Should your Ex be responsible for promoting contact with your child? The answer appears to be, Yes.

The Senior Judge of the Family Division Sir James Munby has sent out a reminder to separated parents that it is their obligation to encourage contact with the non-resident parent? In Re H-B (Contact) the court heard that contact between a father and his daughters had stopped in 2008 following an incident between the father’s […]

Heart attacks more likely for divorced people

US research recently published has suggested that those who get divorced are more likely to go on and have a heart attack than those who remain married. The risk of heart attack increased for both men and women but divorced women were particularly affected being 24% more likely to have a heart attack than those […]

DIY Justice

Last week the BBC’s Panorama investigated the issue of so called “DIY Justice” in family law. This refers to the situation many parents now find themselves in whereby if they wish to make an application to the family courts they have to do so without the assistance of a solicitor. This problem has been made […]

Wife allowed to make claim after 20 years

The decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Kathleen Wyatt and Dale Vince underlines the need for divorcing couples to sort out their finances even if they have no money. The couple separated and divorced 20 years ago. They had one son and no money having lived a new age traveller lifestyle Ms […]

Judge accuses social services of “social engineering”

The country’s most senior family Judge Sir James Munby has criticised Darlington Borough Council for what he described as social engineering. The local authority had made applications for care orders and placement orders in respect of a one year old child. Their plan was to place the child for adoption. The child’s mother had concluded […]

Divorce

At Higgins Miller we specialise in all areas of family law but perhaps at the heart of what we do are divorce proceedings. We have a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of divorce from the paperwork relating to the divorce itself to the financial and children aspects that are often the most important […]

Clare’s Law helps 1300

More than 1,300 people have learnt the abusive past of their partners via disclosures from police under Clare’s law which allows police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. The scheme is named after Clare Wood, 36, from Salford,  who was strangled and set on fire in 2009 […]

Liam Gallagher in Child Maintenance Dispute

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has been criticised in the media by the grandfather of his 22 month old daughter, Gemma, for failing to pay child maintenance. Mr Gallagher had a relationship with Gemma’s mother whilst he was married. He has never seen his child and last week was fined £5000 for failing to turn […]

Higgins Miller the movie!

Happy new year to you all from Higgins Miller. We are celebrating the new year with the launch of our brand new You Tube channel which contains videos giving all sorts of information about a variety of family law issues. You can take a look now by clicking here. For more information and advice please […]

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas from us all at Higgins Miller we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have not sent Christmas cards this year but instead have made donations to two local charities Stockport Food Bank and Stockport Foster Carers’ Association. Today at lunchtime we exchanged our secret santa gifts some […]

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