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No Fault Divorce – Two years on from this ground-breaking reform, our Family Law team reflects on its impact on the divorce process

April 28, 2024

As from the 6th April 2022, no-fault divorce law came into effect in England and Wales, meaning that divorcing couples no longer have to...

New UK law could mean that convicted paedophiles are stripped of their parental rights to see their own children

April 19, 2024

The proposed change, which means that convicted paedophiles are stripped of their parental rights to see their own children, comes about as a result...

Spring Budget money for Family Courts welcome – “every little bit helps” – but general consensus is that this is nowhere near enough to address the extent of the issues

March 12, 2024

Like most family lawyers, the team at Bates Wells & Braithwaite in Ipswich welcomed the Chancellor’s recognition in last week’s budget that the current...

Child Support (Enforcement) Act 2023 targets parents who won’t pay child maintenance.

August 8, 2023

Scott Emsden, the Bates Wells & Braithwaite partner with a specialist focus on children & social care, welcomes the new law which gives the DWP...

MyBump2Baby Podcast – Scott Emsden talks about the law and procedure governing domestic abuse

June 23, 2023

Bates Wells & Braithwaite partner Scott Emsden talks to MyBump2Baby founder Carla Lett in this podcast exploring domestic abuse, how to recognise it and...

Coercive control in relationship break-ups – how the law is changing to provide better recognition and protection

May 9, 2023

Bates Wells & Braithwaite partner Scott Emsden, a specialist in family law issues, explores where we are in terms of the law and coercive...

Supporting Good Divorce Week | Bates Wells & Braithwaite

November 28, 2022

Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Ipswich, is supporting Good Divorce Week – 28 November to 2 December 2022 As members of Resolution,  the community of...

Government rejects reform of rights for cohabiting couples

November 17, 2022

Government rejects call for immediate reform of legal rights of cohabiting couples A report published in August by the Women and Equalities Committee called...


Why moving out does not mean losing out in domestic abuse divorce

February 28, 2022

Denise Head and Scott Emsden explore some of the misconceptions around what happens if you leave the family home, especially if your reason for...

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