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  • Does my boss have to let me work part time after maternity leave?

    I am off work on maternity leave at the moment. I want to go back to work part time, but my boss is basically saying I have to go back full time or nothing. A girl I work with was allowed to work part time after having a baby last year, but I'm not. Is there anything I can do or have I just got to accept it and either work full time or find a different job? 

    CATEGORY: Employment 1 answer
  • Should I start an injury claim for my 15 year old son or wait until he is 18?

    Me and my son were both injured in a car accident last month. The other driver has admitted fault so I know we are able to make a claim. I have read that I can either start the claim on my son's behalf, or he can do it himself when he turns 18 (currently 15 years old). Is it best if both claims are made together now, or wait until he can make his own claim when he is 18? Does it make any difference?

    CATEGORY: Personal Injury 4 answers
  • Does a Prenuptial Agreement have to be fair to be legally binding?

    I'm engaged to be married next year and have been talking about getting a prenuptial agreement. I run a profitable business, own our house and own 2 rental properties, all of which were owned before I met my current fiance. As I have 2 teenage children from a previous relationship, my fiance is happy to sign a prenup to protect the business and houses which I want to pass on to my kids at some point. My fiance is happy to sign this type of agreement, but would it be binding if things did go wrong (i.e. protecting all of my current assets)? Or would protecting the business and houses from any future divorce settlement be considered unfair and ignored if things did turn messy? 

    CATEGORY: Family 2 answers
  • Does child custody affect who keeps family home after divorce?

    I want to start divorce proceedings but am confused about child custody and who will get to keep our family home. I earn more than my husband so we decided that I would go back to work after the birth of our daughter, with my husband staying home to look after her. My daughter is now 7 years old, and my husband works part time in the mornings while she is at school.

    As my husband has been the stay at home parent while I have been working, is he more likely to get custody if we can't come to a shared custody agreement? And if that is the case, would he be more likely to get to stay in our family home with our daughter?

    CATEGORY: Family 1 answer
  • From Discretionary Leave to Remain to Indefinite Leave to Remain

    My wife was refused asylum but granted Discretionary Leave to Remain in 2011 due to her marriage to a UK citizen in 2005 and having a 10 year old British citizen daughter. Her current visa expires June 2017 can she now apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain having lived here since 2011?

    CATEGORY: Immigration 2 answers
  • Need help interpreting a covenant in our lease

    "Not at any time to use or occupy or permit the Demised Premises to be used or occupied except as a private residence in one family occupation only"

    What does this mean, does it strictly mean blood related members of the same Family, or can a non related person reside at the property, what is the interpretation of the lease as Section 61 of the Law of Property Act 1925 shall apply in the construction of our lease dated 11th July 1986

    CATEGORY: Conveyancing & Property 1 answer
  • Assaulted in a nightclub

    I was assaulted in a nightclub on 11th Feb this year. I was punched and then kicked several times in the face and stomach. There were lots of witnesses and the police and ambulance were called. I had a broken nose, black eyes, a split lip and bruising to my face and stomach. The guy has been charged and I have been told I am entitled to claim compensation for criminal injuries. Is it worth me making a claim for the injuries I suffered? Are you able to provide a rough idea of how much I could be entitled to?

    CATEGORY: Personal Injury 4 answers
  • Stood on nail working on a building site. Wasn't wearing safety boots. Can I still make a claim?

    I work as a labourer for a builder and had an accident working on a building site last week. I was carrying a steel lintel with a work mate and when I stepped backwards off a concrete slab I stood on a 6 inch nail that was sticking up from an old piece of wood. The nail was twisted so it caused a lot of damage to my foot, which has needed surgery. I can't put any pressure on my foot so am off work, and probably won't be able to go back for a least 4 weeks.

    The site was a real mess at the time, so the wood I stood on definitely shouldn't have been there. But my boss has blamed me for not wearing safety boots on site. I was wearing trainers, but have worn these loads of times in the past and my boss has never told me off or even said anything. Other people wear trainers on site too.

    Please can you let me know if I am able to make a personal injury claim? Or is it my fault that I wasn't wearing safety boots.

    CATEGORY: Personal Injury 5 answers
  • Sentence for Premeditated ABH & Common Assault

    My brother In Law has recently split from his wife after 27 years of marriage.  She started to spend more and more time with her friends rather than her family and my brother in law had suspicions that his wife may have been unfaithful.  

    His wife 'now' alleges that she was going out because he had become violent towards her. They have two sons aged 13 and 15 yrs old who have heard/seen them argue but never seen their father become violent towards her apart from one occasion when the youngest explained that his father threw a coat hanger but did not hit his mother.

    2 weeks ago his wife walked out on him and at first blames the fact he was violent. When my wife spoke to her she admitted that she had feelings for another women and that it had only been going on for a couple of weeks (me and my wife feel it has been going on longer) but she still played the violent card.

    She left the familty home and my brother in law and kids were left to deal with the consequences. After nearly two weeks we had notice my brother in law was struggling to come to terms as to what has happened but he had arranged for his wife to come round to talk about bills.

    The next we hear is that my brother in law locked her in the house and he began to attack her with a knife and was dragging her upstairs. Somehow she persuaded him to put the knife down and the attack  proceeded to take place outside the property (I can only presume she persuaded him to open the door aswell) at which point the women she has started a relationship with had turned up and he attacked her aswell. His wife has alledged it was attempted rape and attempted murder.

    The police were called but my brother in law locked himself in the house only to attempt to take his own life with pills and alcohol. My brother in law was taken to hospital and after a few days recovering he was taken to the police station.

    At this point no one in the family, including the children could believe that my brother in law was capable of doing such a thing. That clearly upset his wife evenmore as we are her immediate familty but from what we know of my brother in law, without being mentally unstable there is not in a million years he could be capable of this.

    We then find out he had in fact pleaded guilty but only to ABH on his wife and common assault on his wife's new partner. He apparently pleaded guilty to locking her in the house and that he did have a knife.

    He was remanded in custody until 23rd May and is currently in Strangeways Prison in Manchester.

    I believe there are mitigating circumstances by the fact his wife has always over the years been in control of his life. He had always wanted to go to work and earn his own cash but she always wanted him to be at home to look after her as she claims to have lupus. If she was to tell him to jump, he would say how high. He lived his whole married life running around after her and he got used to it so much it became normal to him. In my opinion when she left him he just simply didn't know what to do or think and he was clearly in a very dark place. She also claims a substantial amount of benefits for her youngest son, due to what she describes as life threatening illness but I don't believe he is as ill as she makes out he is and I have my own opinions on that as well.

    He has had no previous convictions and I am concerned for his welfare whilst he is in prison.

    I can't defend what he has done and neither can he considering he has pleaded guilty but the whole family is in a state of shock and although we know he has done wrong, we, including his children want him back. 

    His wife on the otherhand wants him to rot in hell despite her children wanting him back.

    My question is what is the likelihood of him getting a suspended sentence. Is there anything we can do to put what we feel are mitigating factors to the courts. We can't seem to get the details of the solicitor that was provided at the police station so we feel we are unable to do anything to help him at the moment.

    If you feel he won't get a suspended sentence, then from experience how long do you feel he will get in prison?

    CATEGORY: Criminal 1 answer
  • I have an injunction on my daughters dad

    Just looking for advice really on where i stand with my childs father, there is a court order that he has her on a weekend - friday till sunday evening but he has recently assaulted me, followed me around and even thrown a glass at me so due to that i rang the police and he has a restriction order where he isnt allowed near me or to talk to me, and to go through my mother but he is now harrassing my partner and calling me every name under the sun. my daughter hasnt been to see him due to him working on weekneds and lying about it and now my 2 year old cries when asked if she wants to go and see her 'daddy' and says that he scares her, where do i stand?

    CATEGORY: Family 1 answer
  • I'd like to know what the outcome of a sentence might be.

    My ex broke my Collorbone and was charged with ABH, the day he was charged he phoned me then messaged me 33 times to ask me to drop them. He told me I was being silly. It will happen to me one day. He has now been charged with perverting the course of justice. What could he get for the ABH and the perverting the course of justice?

    CATEGORY: Criminal 1 answer
  • When my father died without a will my brother and mother moved to another farm, i have not claimed a penny how do i stand now he has married

    When my father died, my brother and mother moved to another farm. I have not claimed anything, how do i stand? He is supposed to be on the deeds of this other farm but don't know he is now married and wife is living on the farm.


    CATEGORY: Family 1 answer
  • Tripping over whilst jogging on large man hole cover not buried

    I was out jogging with my army bag pack on weighing approx 20kg doing high intensity training. I was coming to a road and whilst looking both ways to cross I tripped over a manhole/drainage cover that was not correctly in the ground. It was raised approx 20/30 cm from the ground Instead of been planted into the ground. I stumbled and went off the inbankment and off the curb landing on the road crushing my ankle and fracturing my leg. I have been in hospital for three operations with pins and rods incerted in my ankle and leg and have spent approximately 3 weeks time there overnight. Am I entitled to any compensation and what steps do I need to take I have already took plenty of photos incase the cover is repaired?

    CATEGORY: Personal Injury 2 answers
  • Change of address when tagged

    Hi, how do you change address when you're tagged, this is someone who was put on tag from court, not prison

    CATEGORY: Criminal 1 answer
  • Still on mortgage with ex wife but she doesn't earn enough to buy me out and i need to buy a house.

    I have an 11 year old daughter who lives with ex but I can accommodate her if required. We have been divorced for six years. She pays the current mortgage. Her new partner lives with her in my old house but can't get a mortgage either. What are my rights as i am desperate to buy a house before its too late to get a decent mortgage term as I'm 47. Tried to be nice and help her out but she is doing nothing to resolve the situation. There is £60k profit and i only want £10k. Outstanding mortgage is £90k Any help much appreciated

    CATEGORY: Family 3 answers


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