Calderdale takes its name from the dale of the River Calder, whose upper part flows through the borough. Several small valleys contain tributaries of the River Calder. In the area you will find Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is an interactive educational museum for children (HX1 2NE), Shibden Hall, a Grade II listed historic house located in a public park (HX3 6XG), and Hardcastle Crags which is a wooded Pennine valley (HX7 7AW).

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Hardcastle Crags – There are over 15 miles of paths that cover woodlands, rivers and rocks. There is also a cafe at the mill which is located in the middle of the area. Gibson Mill, Midgehole Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 7AW

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Shibden Hall – Built in 1420 offers visitors a journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked there. Shibden Hall’s has variety of displays relating to occupations eg. blacksmiths, coopers, wheelwrights and saddlers. Shibden Hall Lister’s Road Halifax HX3 6XG.

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Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve – The wildlife site is home to many creatures. There are insects such as butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies. In addition, there are bird feeding area which attracts bullfinch, dunnock, woodpeckers, robins, redpoll and many more. 427 Elland Rd, Brighouse HD6 2RG.

If you’re seeking education and advice on family law matters in Calderdale, perhaps these are the people for you:

Goodwin Steven Solicitors appreciate how important your legal issues are to you and unlike the big national firms with branch targets to hit they are part of your local community and value every one of their clients for who they are not how much business they can give them. You can find Goodwin Steven Solicitors at 18 Carlton St, Halifax, HX1 2AL.

Brimble & Co has been a name to trust in the local area for many years, providing practical advice and support on all Criminal matters and earning an excellent reputation for its specialist criminal defence work. Brimble Solicitors & Co can be found at Trinity House, Blackwall, Halifax, HX1 2QR.

Family Lawyers & Family Courts

Being a Family Lawyer is pretty lucrative as apparently 48% of marriages end in divorce for a variety of reasons.  From affairs or domestic abuse, to unreasonable behaviour in the form of alcoholism or using recreational drugs; marriages can last a few months right up to many years. 

It is well documented that the Family Courts are in chaos. As of 1st April 2013, Legal Aid for divorce cases in England and Wales was withdrawn by the government. Legal Aid funding is not allowed for divorce or family law cases unless the party applying is a victim of domestic violence. The rules are very strict and it’s all means tested. In many cases, the applicant has to be on what’s termed a “passporting benefit”, which is a benefit the applicant is receiving purely because they have no assets or other income. 

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Legal Aid

With legal aid unobtainable for the majority, this leaves many people acting as LIP’s (Litigant in Person) in the courts and with very little legal knowledge, Judges are left guiding these poor folks through court cases where they don’t have the correct paperwork and documents or through cross-examining their ex. It’s sheer courtroom drama.

McKenzie Friends

For those who have very little income, there are practices which are run by McKenzie Friends. These are people who can accompany someone to their court case, to help them as they are a LIP and unrepresented by a Solicitor or Barrister. The McKenzie Friend can sit in the courtroom with the LIP and offer support and advice as well as taking notes. They can also very quietly provide divorce legal advice. 

There are a few things that a McKenzie Friend is unable to do. They cannot conduct litigation; this has to be done by the LIP and neither can they file court documents or statements. If you want further information on this, there is a Practice Direction issued by the Family Courts.  

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