Parental alienation is a form of psychological abuse against both the child and the absent parent. This is usually caused by one parent’s psychological manipulation of a child, resulting in the child becoming hostile or showing resistance to one parent.
I have acted for a few clients in my career where they have been subjected to an abusive and controlling relationship and, when they find the courage to end the relationship, they are faced with further displays of controlling behaviour by their ex refusing to cooperate.
Justice Secretary David Gauke yesterday confirmed the Government’s commitment to introducing legislation to reform divorce law in the next Parliamentary session, which is scheduled to start in May.
Mr Gauke announced a new law to help reduce family conflict, which will mean that divorcing couples no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage. The reforms follow a consultation, which took place between September and December 2018 and showed overwhelming support for reform.
Domestic abuse has risen dramatically in London in the past seven years. According to the Office for National Statistics, it’s estimated that two million people aged 16-59 had been a victim of domestic abuse in the UK last year. Among those, 1.3 million were female victims and 695,000 were male. The figures show that there has been a 63% increase in domestic abuse offences between 2011 and 2018. But, did you know that only 38 arrests for every 100 crimes are recorded?
When people get divorced, more often than not the main asset is the family home. It is therefore essential to get an accurate valuation of the property, particularly if the property is not going to be sold and one party is going to buy out the other party’s interest.