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Rights of Women have produced a number of information sheets on legal issues affecting women. You can download them here, free of charge.
The information contained on this page is not legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should talk to a lawyer or advisor before deciding what to do. The information given here is written for people resident in or affected by the laws of England and Wales.
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Rights of Women, Women's Aid and Welsh Women's Aid are very concerned that these changes will mean that many women affected by violence will not be able to access legal advice and representation to resolve family law matters. In order to monitor the impact of the changes we have developed a survey for women to complete. Please complete the survey here. We will be feeding back this information to the Ministry of Justice.
Since publication of our handbook, Seeking Refuge? A handbook for asylum seeking women (2nd edition), there have been important changes to the law. Please also read the following:
Marriage and divorce:
A guide to divorce - Updated!
Children and relationship breakdown:
Significant changes to family law and procedure were introduced on 22 April 2014. We are in the process of updating all our family law guides to include these changes. In the meantime please call our family law advice line on 020 7251 6577.
A summary of some of the changes can be found here.
Alternatives to the family court:
Domestic and sexual violence:
A guide to domestic violence injunctions - Updated!
A guide to criminal injuries compensation - Updated!
Immigration and asylum law:
Domestic violence, immigration law and "no recourse to public funds" - Updated 2nd edition!
Civil partnerships and lesbian parenting:
Your children, your rights: family legal guides for non-abusive parents of children who have been sexually abused:
Supporting young people in relation to peer-on-peer abuse, domestic and sexual violence:
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