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Single parent families

At Higgins Miller we are obviously involved with many single parents and although generally attitudes have moved on there still appears to be some stigma attached to being a single parent. Whilst we believe that it is best for a child to have a positive relationship with both parents following a the breakdown of a […]

Dealing with addiction

In the wake of the death of Amy Winehouse much has been written about the nature of addiction to drugs and alcohol and also about how to help someone suffering with addiction. We at Higgins Miller often advise clients who have problems with addictions to both alcohol and drugs. These clients may be involved with social services or […]

Child Maintenance

A committee of MPs has published a report proposing reforms to how child maintenance s paid. The report identifies that the current system run by the Child Support Agency is inadequate and leaves many children of separated parents without sufficient child maintenance and notes that many single parents receive either irregular or no payments of […]

Fathers and families

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday published an article in the Sunday Telegraph criticising “runaway dads” and calling for them to be stigmatised in the same way as drink drivers. He says that fathers should “financially and emotionally support their child even if they have split up from their mother” and “spend time with their kids […]

Extended family carers

We often deal with cases where, for whatever reason, children cannot continue to be brought up by their parents and extended family members step in to care for them instead.  Such people are known as Kinship Carers. The benefit of this for the child is that they are able to remain within their birth family […]

Legal aid

An independent panel has published a report into the repercussions of a future without legal aid. The panel was made up of people with no vested interest in legal aid and included a former liberal democrat MP, the Cannon of Westminster Abbey and the assistant general secretary of the trade union Unite. They heard evidence […]

Domestic violence against men

We at Higgins Miller deal with clients on a regular basis who have been victims of domestic violence. We are able to offer fast solutions to those in need of help in often very difficult home situations. These clients are almost always female. Despite this some new research has shown that violence by women towards […]

Justice for All

The Government has proposed some radical changes to legal aid which we at Higgins Miller simply don’t agree with. We believe that the proposals would leave many of our clients simply unable to access legal advice at difficult times in their lives. This is unacceptable as it discriminates against people who cannot afford to pay […]

Our new team members

We are pleased to introduce the newest members of our team Alfie and Sophie Higgins who have been at the office working hard!  

Unmarried couples

Currently the law in England and Wales is very different as it applies to married and unmarried couples who wish to separate. If a married couple separates the court will look at a range of factors in determining how money and property should be divided. However, for co-habiting couples the law simply says that property […]

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