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Am I meant to be here?: Imposter Syndrome and How to Deal with It

2020 has been one of the toughest years for people in all industries. The global pandemic has not only impacted those in the working world, but especially fresh graduates who are striving to up-skill during multiple lockdowns to prove that they are ‘worthy’ of an employer’s approval. More often than not, we see ‘entry-level’ jobs being posted on LinkedIn by recruiters or job search websites that have contradicting pre-requisites. These job postings made little to no sense to me. How…

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Can I divorce without a solicitor?

Can I divorce without a solicitor?

Many people wonder about whether or not they can divorce without a solicitor. So, do you need a solicitor for your divorce or can you do it yourself? The simple answer is that you don’t have to have a solicitor for your divorce.  It is perfectly possible to represent yourself if you choose, but it’s important to bear in mind that there are plenty of things that can crop up that might not be easy to deal with –…

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Child contact and domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: What the law can do

Where there is history of domestic abuse, the law in relation to contact with children could be quite surprising to some. The Children Act 1989 sets out that there is a presumption of parental involvement. It will be presumed, unless shown to the contrary, that involvement of some kind, either direct or indirect, from each parent will be beneficial for the child. Contact will only be permitted if it does not pose a risk to the child. The type of order that…

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Parental Responsibility (PR)

The Children Act of 1989 deals with the law in relation to children What is PR? s3(1) of the Children Act defines PR as “all the rights duties powers responsibilities and authority by law that a parent has in relation to a child and their property”. PR attempts to focus on the parent’s duties towards the child as opposed to their rights over the child. Who has it? When a child is born the mother automatically has PR. If the father is married to…

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Christmas As A Separated Parent – Pt. 3

This blog is the last in our series of top tips to manage Christmas as a separated parent. The other tips in our series can be found here. Christmas Presents Buying Christmas presents as a separated parent can be a minefield. What if the other parent buys the same present? What if you both assume the other will buy a particular present so the child doesn’t get something he or she wants? Well these are our top tips to help you navigate…

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How to manage Christmas As A Separated Parent Pt2

This blog continues our series of top tips to manage Christmas as a separated parent. The other tips in our series can be found here. Tip 2: Christmas concerts and other events Christmas is a busy time for children. Everything gets really exciting, with bright lights, tinsel and Christmas music everywhere they go. They might have nativity plays, Christmas concerts, carol services and other events to attend.  They might even get to go and see Santa and his reindeers! But as a…

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The Green Phone Initiative

Tiger Law’s Head of Family, Paula Tanner, has today joined the Only Mums & Dads Family Law panel and the Green Phone initiative. Only Mums & Only Dads is a social enterprise set up to support mums and dads going though divorce or separation. The Family Law Panel is “a national network of leading family law professionals dedicated to supporting families by empowering them to make the best choices in navigating the legal process.” Panel members are committed to a non-confrontational approach to family law and sign…

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Gifts and Tax Planning

The economic downturn caused by the pandemic has certain advantages that you may wish to consider now. Are you thinking about assisting a family member who has lost their job and is currently experiencing financial difficulty? Gifting money to family members would not give rise to Capital Gains Tax (‘CGT’), but it may assist your Inheritance Tax (‘IHT’) position. Each of us is given a threshold of £325,000 (known as the nil rate band) whereby our estate has no IHT liability. Any gifts…

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How to manage Christmas as a separated parent

Christmas can be a tricky time when you’re a separated parent.  Even if you’ve been separated for a while, issues can arise if you haven’t put in place arrangements that work within your own separated family dynamic. So how can you help make your festive season go more smoothly? This series of blogs will give you our top tips. Tip 1: When will the children be with you Consider early on what arrangements might work for you all. The children could split their time…

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UK Surrogacy Laws in the 21st Century – An Overview

Although surrogacy arrangements are common in the UK, they are not enforceable; it is therefore difficult if things go wrong. The laws on surrogacy are set out in the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. The arrangement of surrogacy is a process which involves a woman (the surrogate) carrying a child for a couple (the commissioning parents). There are two types of surrogacy arrangement and it is important that any agreement be entered into prior to…

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