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New rights on parental leave to come into force in the next few weeks

February 18 2015

Back in December we told you about the new employment law update, which has seen parental leave becoming shared by both parents. New rights on parental leave mean that couples with a baby due after April 5th will be able to share their parental leave. Click here to read more

Report claims half of all siblings put in care are split up

February 13 2015

A recent report by the Family Rights Group has found that half of all siblings who are put into care are split up. To be exact, the report found that 49.5% of siblings in local authority care are split up, and 37% of children who have another sibling in care are not living with that sibling. This also appears to have reasonable regional variation, with almost a half split up from sibling groups in the East Midlands area. Click here to read more

UK motorists could be punished for bad driving abroad

February 13 2015

If new motoring plans go ahead, British drivers could soon be punished in UK courts for bad driving abroad. Click here to read more

Men must now prove woman said ‘yes’ in new rape law rules

January 29 2015

Men must now prove that the woman in question said ‘yes’ in tough new rape rules in the UK. The new rules will require the date rape suspect to prove and convince authorities that the victim consented to sex. Click here to read more

Can Facebook be held accountable for divorce?

January 26 2015

According to a recent study, Facebook is now cited in a third of all divorce cases. Click here to read more

How does a divorce work?

January 14 2015

Last week we discussed how many people wait until January to file for divorce, after thinking about it for a while beforehand. In case you have been affected, or are considering filing for divorce yourself, we thought we would compile a short guide on how divorce works in the UK, and to answer any initial questions you may wish to ask. Click here to read more

Lawyers in Harrogate prepare for an increase in divorce enquiries

January 06 2015

The first working Monday of January is traditionally known as ‘Divorce Day’, as family and divorce lawyers experience an increase of divorce enquiries after the Christmas holiday period. Click here to read more

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Grahame Stowe Bateson

December 24 2014

Everyone at Grahame Stowe Bateson would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Click here to read more

Drivers to be tested for drugs this Christmas

December 23 2014

Over this Christmas and New Year holiday, drivers will be stopped by police and tested for drug-driving, including the use of legal highs. Click here to read more

Emotional abuse to become a criminal offence

December 10 2014

At Grahame Stowe Bateson we keep up with current news and trends in the legal industry. Recently, it was announced that Theresa May is to unveil plans to make psychological and emotional abuse a criminal offence with a lengthy prison term. This new law would make it illegal to for someone to exercise ‘coercive control’ over a partner. According to reports the proposals will suggest that those found guilty could face a maximum term of 14 years in prison. Click here to read more

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