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September 18 / Vacancies, West Kirkby

VACANCY – Family Solicitor/Legal Executive

An excellent opportunity has arisen at Maxwell Hodge for a full time Solicitor or Legal Executive to join their Family Team.

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September 12 / News

The “No Fault” Divorce – A necessity in the modern age.

The trauma of the breakdown of a relationship can be significant.   It is not helped when one party has to make accusations about the other.

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September 7 / News

The Misbehaving Executor

When someone close to you dies it can be a difficult time, both emotionally and practically. If that person has left a will you may find that you have been appointed to act as one of the executors.

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September 6 / News

Mediation as a way forward

Despite our best of intentions, and no matter what systems we have in place, difficulties can occur, giving rise to conflict, both within the internal workings of our business and with third parties.

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September 5 / News

Manual Handling and Repeat Tasks at Work

Are you struggling with pain due to manual handling and repeat tasks at work? We can help with that.

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August 14 / News

The dangers of social media

Following the end of a relationship when feelings run high, it is tempting to go onto social media and vent your frustration. However, I would urge anyone who intends to do this to proceed with caution. Why? Your social media posts could lead you into a lot of trouble.

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August 9 / News

My child won’t go to contact – What do I do? Some practical advice.

I was recently reminded about a common problem in children cases that is not often written about.  What do you do if your child does not want to spend time with the other parent following a separation?

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August 9 / News

Manual Handling and Repeat Tasks

Mrs Goget is employed by a well-known retailer and major employer. Her job is to keep the shelves stocked. Largely, she works alone. Mrs Goget has been doing this job for a number of years but, more recently, her employer has been short staffed and Mrs Goget has been required to work extra hours.

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August 3 / News

When is a final order not a final order?

On the 26th July 2017 the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a wife who sought to vary the terms of a financial consent order made at the time of her divorce.

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July 19 / News

Who’s the best person for the job?

Last weekend many people sat with bated breath watching the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.  But not everyone watching the final was a tennis fan.  The BBC had cleverly told viewers that they would be announcing the 13th incarnation of Dr Who immediately after the match.

The 13th Doctor will be played by Jodie Whittaker, seen most recently on our screens in Broadchurch.  The internet seemed to light up with a very mixed reaction.  Many fans of the Dr were upset as the role has been played for the last 54 years by a man and they believed it should be continue to be played by a man. This is 2017 not 1963, but gender discrimination lives on.

I have seen in my role as a solicitor similar arguments raised with separated couples.

How many times have I seen a mother assuming that she is the only one who knows how to bring up a child and be the primary carer because she is a woman?

However just like Dr Who, these roles can and do change.

The starting point for the Court is that the children’s father has as much right as the children’s mother to fulfil his role as parent to the children.  Children need stability and routine, and it is necessary for the children’s father to be a part of that routine. It is in the children’s best interests to see their parents working together to ensure that their relationship with their father grows as much as their relationship with their mother.

Generally, this will mean a shared care arrangement with both parents actively parenting the child.

Where this changes is when there are concerns surrounding the child’s welfare such as mental health issues, drug or alcohol problems or issues with the police. These issues are not confined to one gender.

There are some very capable dads out there.

It is not the parent’s gender that matters but their ability to look after the child.