Windsor is our Founder Alison’s current home and has many attractions besides being the birthplace of The Group Hug. One of which is Windsor Castle with an incredible 1,000 rooms. The castle has been in continuous occupation for more than 900 years and it embodies almost 1,000 years of architectural history (SL4 1NJ).
Extending from the George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse statue is Windsor Great Park or ‘The Long Walk’ (SL4 1BP). Stretching three miles this is a popular Sunday stroll spot for locals and even more popular with tourists. Tourism in the royal town certainly spiked after the Royal Wedding in 2018 between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that is rumoured to have costed around £32 million.
Aside from royalty, the town is home to LEGOLAND resort with over 55 rides and attractions for children and adults (SL4 4AY). The park opened on 17 March 1996 on the former Windsor Safari Park site as the second Legoland after Legoland Billund in Denmark.
Do you need help and support in Windsor?
For local solicitors take a look at our Hug Directory where you can find experts such as Amrit Johal who serves Berkshire, the family law specialist is with Portner Family Law and is available to his clients 24/7 by telephone.
Other solicitors in the area include:
- Ash Sanger at Allwyn Sanger Solicitors – Arthur Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1RU
- Charsley Harrison LLP – Windsor House, Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN
‘We might not always tell you what you want to hear — but we will tell you what you need to know.’Charsley Harrison LLP
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.
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