York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers – YO1 7HH. The City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse – YO1 7LJ. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III – YO31 7QR.

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More things to see in York

National Railway Museum – Shares the history of rail transport in Britain and how it impacted society. There are many railway vehicles on display such as Mallard, Stirling Single and Duchess of Hamilton. Leeman Rd, York YO26 4XJ

York Art Gallery – Has seven newly built galleries which show historic and contemporary art. The art work on display spans over 600 years. Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW.

Clifford’s Tower – Walk to the top of the tower and see wonderful panoramic views over the city of York, including the majestic York Minster and the medieval castle. Tower St, York YO1 9SA.

If you are looking for support from a family solicitor in York, the following firm features in The Hug Directory:

Harrowells Solicitors – 1 St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8ZQ

Lucy Phipps and Amy Foweather The Family Law Team Harrowells

Find Lucy Phipps and the Family Law Team at Harrowells feature in The Hug Directory

Sometimes a collaborative approach is appropriate. In other cases, fighting your corner robustly is what is required to protect your position and avoid other parties deliberately frustrating progress towards the right outcome for you.

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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 As of 1st April 2013, Legal Aid for divorce cases in England and Wales was withdrawn by the government.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.

Dealing with finances can seem scary and complicated

Yes, if you have never been the one to deal with the finances, it can all seem a very daunting and complicated. However, a good financial advisor will put everything into plain English and explain so you understand. There is no point shying away from financial planning because it seems “scary” – you have to take the bull by the horns and face up to it. You will feel uplifted when you realise that things are no so complicated afterall.

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Whether you have money or not, what you are striving for is probably financial stability and a new life. Whether you are buying a home or renting, things have changed. Many people are opting to rent these days, so don’t think you are a failure if you don’t own your own home.  Who knows what the future holds? Life is full of surprises. You don’t know if you will meet a new partner, or win the lottery. Live in the now, but plan for the future.

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Let’s talk about Wills

In any situation where you had a joint will and are no longer with that person, you must have a new one drawn-up. In divorce, when the Decree Absolute is issued, any will becomes null and void. Many people forget this when the drama of the divorce is finally over. You can instruct a will writing professional or a solicitor. In the event of your death, your ex could still end up benefitting! Rewriting your will is very much part of financial planning and advice.

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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