Students – parents refusing financial support?

Under the Children Act 1989 a parent can be ordered to pay financial support to sons and daughters who are undergoing education or training, even though they are over the age of 18. A student who has reached the age of 19 can take court proceedings in his/her own right against one or both parents […]

Last Chance for Family Legal Aid

Legal Aid is to be withdrawn from most family law disputes between individuals from 1 April 2013. Applications for Legal Aid made on or before 31 March 2013 will still be considered under the current rules. However everyone is required to try to resolve disputes through negotiation or mediation before applying for Legal Aid to go to court, so […]

Youth Court Sentencing

Changes to Youth Court Sentencing   The introduction of the Legal Aid and Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has given the Youth Court wider powers in respect of referral orders. Prior to this Act, if a juvenile appeared before the court for the first time and pleaded guilty the court (in most cases) […]