Known as the Cathedral city of the Cotswolds, Gloucester’s history stretches back to Roman Times. Did you know that Gloucester is the country’s most inland port? In the last decade the city has seen a great deal of regeneration around the historic docks. The formal port status was given by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I in 1580.  If you are a rugby fan, you will remember that the city hosted the 2015 Rugby World Cup!

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Gloucester is often called the cathedral city of the Cotswolds, with a 2,000 year history. The Cotswolds is a very popular tourist destination. For fans of rugby, you will remember Gloucester hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2015. You may also recognise a few buildings from major films like Harry Potter and Mary Queen of Scots to name a few.

Things to see in Gloucester

Gloucester Cathedral – One of the best examples of grand Gothic architecture in England. With a 225 foot tall centre tower, the oldest examples of fan vaulting in England and a history dating back to the late 670’s, this is one Cathedral not to be missed. 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX

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Film Locations – From the hallowed corridors of Hogwarts in Harry Potter, or transforming Gloucester Docks for scenes in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass to episodes of Dr Who there are so many areas to explore for film buffs. If you would rather do a guided tour, they are available too.

Gloucester Walking Tours – how clever! Download one of three apps and off you go! Or, if you prefer the personal approach, google walking tours in Gloucester, there’s even a ghost tour!

Three Choirs Vineyard – with a microclimate perfect for growing grapes, Three Choirs Vineyard offers tastings and tours of one of England’s oldest wineries. Baldwins Farm, Newent GL18 1LS

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Top things to do around Gloucester must include a visit to the Cathedral which has been used to shoot scenes for the Harry Potter films as well as Queen of Scots, Sherlock, Wolf Hall and Doctor Who. The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop is located in the original building used by Beatrice Potter in her story “The Tailor of Gloucester”. If you want to feel spooked, then the abandoned Gloucester Prison is apparently haunted; you can take part in an eery activity or tour.

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Of course, it might not be the thought of ghouls haunting you right now. Maybe you are separating from a partner and looking to leave the ghosts behind to start a new future. We have researched the family law firms in the area.

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WSP Solicitors are an independent firm with offices in Stroud, Dursley and Gloucester “We have been offering straightforward legal advice and support to local people and businesses for over 250 years”. Their Gloucester office is 65 London Rd, GL1 3HF.

Family Law Made Easy offer their clients a choice of either fixed fees or highly discounted rates for all family law cases.

Langley Wellington’s family law team is headed up by Caroline Kennedy. The firm are based at Royal House, 60 Bruton Way, GL1 1EP. They offer fixed fee packages where appropriate.

Dee & Griffin are based at S36 Cheltenham Film Studios, Arle Court, Hatherley Lane, GL51 6PN.

Are you thinking about separation or divorce because of domestic abuse?

A common reason for divorce one party being abused in some way by the other party. This could be emotional or physical abuse and for the divorce court comes under the heading of “unreasonable behaviour”. Whilst the divorce proceedings trundle on through the civil court system, victims can find themselves also going through the criminal courts if the Police are involved and there is enough evidence to bring a case. 

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In recent years, there has been much talk in the UK regarding the law around the subject of Domestic Abuse and divorce with draft legislation proposed by Theresa May in February 2017.  This draft was finally released in January 2019 and will now be brought to Parliament for debate. The bill sets out a statutory government definition of domestic abuse which includes controlling and manipulative behaviour. For the first time, abuse does not have to be physical or violent.

Economic Abuse

The bill will recognise economic abuse, (also known as financial abuse) which is where a partner is prevented from accessing bank accounts or employment. The victim becomes financially controlled. They may not be allowed to go out to work, or if they are employed, their wages may be paid into their partners account or they may not have access to benefits as they are given to a partner. December 2016 saw the introduction of the new law meaning that coercive or controlling behaviour is now a crime. This offence carries a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment, a fine or both.

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The future

Slowly changes are being made. Escaping a domestic abuse situation leaves victims susceptible to many issues which also affect children as a parent may find themselves homeless, relying on foodbanks for daily essentials along with dealing with their mental health as they navigate the family court system against their perpetrator. Emotions run high and post separation abuse can be rife. The abuser is losing control and many say that economic abuse is the “tail” of physical abuse as the victim is out of arms reach.  Read the rest of this article here

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