The town of Oldham is in Greater Manchester, within the Pennines. It’s 56.3 miles from Rochdale and 7 miles shy of Manchester. Historically the town was in Lancashire and it’s history really started when it rose to fame through the textile industry. At it’s peak, it was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world! The last mill closed in 1998.

Things to see in Oldham

Alexandra Park- This Victoria town park close to Oldham centre, boasts tennis courts, a bowling green, playground and a café- Oldham, OL8 2BN

Gallery Oldham- The entry is free to this art and natural history museum, follow the trail leaflet to make sure to see all their best loved treasures- Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL

Stonerig Racing- Unleash your inner child at this “Scalextric” centre, great for petrol heads of all ages- Unit 2 Milking Green Hartshead Street, Oldham OL4 5EE

Are you looking for a family solicitor in Oldham? We have found the following

Garratts Solicitors – “Garratts is a leading law firm in the North West. We provide legal advice to individuals, their families and businesses across the North West and beyond” – King Street Buildings, Manchester Street
Oldham, Greater Manchester , OL8 1DH

Wrigley Claydon – the practice was established in 1795 by Henry Barlow and it was 60 years after that “Henry Wrigley” joined the firm. History continues as his great-great-granddaughter is still a client. 29/33 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1HH

Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers – “If your relationship is coming to an end you need someone to turn to, but also someone who can offer you specialist advice and someone to listen and give you the help you need at this distressing time.” 31 Queen Street, Oldham, OL1 1RD

Maya Solicitors – “We have a very people-oriented approach to working with clients. We offer a specialist and expert service to people who are going through divorce and separation issues, marriage and relationship breakdowns. If you are facing divorce, separation, domestic abuse or other family difficulties our experts will help guide you through this often distressing time.” 42a Horsedge Street, Oldham, OL1 3SH,

oldham has support if you are getting divorced

Little Owl Farm- Enjoy fantastic views from this child friendly farm, then finish off with a trip to the farm shop and Café – Grains Road, Oldham, OL1 4SX

The Coliseum Theatre- At over 128 years old, this is one of the oldest theatres in Britain still operation today, why not book tickets to one of their upcoming performances? – Fairbottom Street, Oldham OL1 3SW

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. 

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.

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.

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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