How to deal with a spouse who is not to responding to a divorce petition

…on a gloomy April (or any other) day. I am writing this article on a rainy April day the mood of which is captured  by Mathilde Blind   In her poem April Rain: “The April rain, the April rain, Comes slanting down in fitful showers,” Mathilde Blind (1841 – 1896 / Germany) On this dreary day I am thoughtful of the few cases I have been working on lately where

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How do you own your Home?

If you purchase your property with your partner there are two ways you can own the property. It is important that you know and understand the differences, as the type of ownership affects what you can do with the property if your relationship with the joint owner breaks down or if one owner dies. Joint Tenants If you own as Joint Tenants you share equal ownership of the property and

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Great Legal Bake Off

Boardman Hawkins & Osborne are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Great Legal Bake Off, organised by the Access to Justice Foundation. We are able to nominate our fundraising to go to local advice charities, so anything we raise today is going to two legal advice charities on our doorstep: Abingdon Citizens Advice and http://www.flagdv.org.uk/Flag DV.   Abingdon Citizens Advice is open 5 days a week, and also operates

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Transparency in the family courts and a trip to the Court of Appeal

Lawyers like the Court of Appeal. The Judges are experienced, engaged, always ask insightful questions and keep the advocates on their toes. The building (The Royal Courts of Justice) is beautiful, imposing, full of history and visiting it feels like doing ‘proper law’.  So when I was contacted a few weeks ago by Louise Tickle, a freelance journalist, to ask me to assist the mother in Louise’s appeal against a

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101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children

Ruth Hawkins has contributed to this New Book 101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children With legal aid drastically cut back BH&O LLP are delighted to be supporting a national, not-for-profit social enterprise working to provide accessible support to families through the difficulties of separation and divorce. Ruth Hawkins isdelighted to have contributed to 101 Questions Answered About Separating with Children, a new book to help separating parents keep their children’s best interests first.

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Children’s Mental Health Week

This week marks “Children’s Mental Health Week”, providing  us with an opportunity to highlight the importance of children’s mental health.    Never before has the spotlight been so bright on children’s mental health, in an age where so many children and young adults are suffering from mental health issues, ranging from anxiety, behavioural issues, depression and Autism to less well known conditions such as attachment disorders. The Mental Health of Children and

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