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Sultan Lloyd Family & Immigration Solicitors Blog & News

Welcome to Sultan Lloyd Solicitors' latest news section. This section provides you with the latest news and developments in the field of Immigration Law, Family Law and Human Rights and Asylum Law. Also, you can download our newsletter bulletin from the sub-menu on the right hand side of this page. It keeps you up to date with the latest legal news and developments throughout the UK.
Christine Rawsthorne

Can I Change My Child’s Surname?

When couples separate, I am often asked whether one parent can change their child’s surname, usually to match their own surname or to match the surname of their new partner. Whilst any person over the age of 18 is entitled to change their own surname, the position is different when it comes to changing a child’s surname.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Married Couples Tax Allowance – what is it worth to me?

From 6 April 2015, a tax allowance whereby couples can share part of their annual income tax allowance with be available to some people. Registration has already opened and if successful in their application, married couples could save up to £212.00 per year.

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Elaine Collins

How to change your child’s name after divorce or separation

After the birth of a baby

When a baby is born if the parents are married it is usual for the parents to register the birth of the child and for both of them to be named on the birth certificate. Traditionally in England and Wales the baby’s surname is taken from the Father. It is therefore the norm in our society for a family group to have the same surname i.e. Jones, Patel, McIntosh.

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Sultan Lloyd

The Family Home belongs to my Husband can I claim half?

When a marriage breaks down the first question that I am often asked is “Can I get Divorced?” followed by the title of this blog “The family home belongs to my husband can I claim half of it?”. It is a fairly simple straight forward question, however the answer is far from a simple and straight forward Yes or No.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Substance Misuse – An Automatic Bar to Child Contact?

Recently I have dealt with a number of cases concerning children where one parent has alleged that the other should not get to spend time with their child because the parent concerned is abusing either alcohol or drugs. There is a common misconception that where this can be proven the Court will say that the parent should not be allowed to see their child although this is not actually the case.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Holidays for Separated Parents

Christmas seems like a distant memory and the weather is cold and grey. At this time of year one thing that a lot of people look forward to is their summer holiday and travel agents are reporting their annual surge in bookings.

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Is there an alternative to a Divorce?

In England and Wales, the National Office of Statistics (Marriages in England and Wales (Provisional) 2012 shows that 42% of all marriages end in a divorce, with the average marriage expected to last 32 years. The potential reasons behind the increased length of marriage could be due to individuals entering into marriage do so at an older age than previously and also many people cohabit prior to marriage which could potentially “weed out” the less committed relationships.

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Nighat Sultana

What Happens When a Divorce is Defended?

When a divorce petition has been issued but the Respondent does not accept that the marriage has broken down irretrievably or does not accept the grounds on which the petition has been issued, this leads to defended divorce proceedings.

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How can I afford to Divorce my Husband, I am financially dependent upon him?

Divorce proceedings can be extremely stressful, especially if you feel that you can no longer continuing to live in an acrimonious relationship, but cannot afford to financially end your marriage.

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Concern for Separated Parents as Child Contact Centres Close

In almost all cases where parents decide to separate, the main concern for both of them is what will happen in terms of the arrangements for their children. Because of the emotion involved, disputes can become toxic with one parent alleging that the other should not be allowed to spend much time with their children or in some cases, should not be allowed any time with them whatsoever.

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How can the law protect me from domestic violence?

Domestic violence can have a devastating effect on victims, however there are certain provisions in the law to help those who are suffering domestic violence or have a fear of domestic violence reoccurring.

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Nighat Sultana

Can the UK Government Put the Brakes on the Freedom of Movement?

As many immigration law specialists are aware, it can be difficult for their clients to keep up with the often changing legal framework. Unfortunately, the UK's immigration policy and rules are constantly a matter of contention - even more so in the run up to the General Election. The current political landscape means the UK's relationship with the EU is under scrutiny, causing uncertainty for individuals and their families wanting to rely on their EU rights.

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Nighat Sultana

Contact with Grandchildren After Separation

Research by a group of family-focused charities has highlighted that 40 percent of grandparents lose contact with their grandchildren as a result of divorce. It is very unfortunate that many grandparents who are very close to their grandchildren and play a large role in their lives lose contact with them as a result of circumstances that are not their fault.
This blog post looks at the ways in which you can ensure contact with your grandchildren is kept intact even after a breakdown in family relationships with the child’s parents.

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Home Alone For The Summer Holidays

With the school Summer holidays nearly upon us, working parents worrying about the ever increasing cost of childcare might think about leaving their children home alone. But is there a set age at which it is legally allowed to leave your child home alone and is there a maximum amount of time that you should leave them unattended? Christine Rawsthorne, a Solicitor from Sultan Lloyd Solicitors examines what is and what is not allowed under the current law.

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Our Success Stories

In the course of delivering excellent service to best serve the individual cases, we have emerged successful in a number of cases.

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Love conquers all; except the UK visa system. Every year, many couples endure forced separation because one party cannot obtain a UK Spouse visa. During her time in as Home Secretary, Theresa May to...
When a couple divorce, emotions can run rampant. Even if both parties vow to be as ‘amicable as possible’ and ‘get on for the sake of the children’, anger, frustration and bitterness can spill over. ...
EU citizens residing in the UK are worried. They are right to be so. The referendum result is an emotional upheaval. But politics is one thing and law another. At Sultan Lloyd we understand the fe...

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'My friends, the Patel family, were referred to Harminder Meht of Sultan Lloyd in September 2013.  We met Harminder when circumstances were very challenging and Harminder explained the available options very clearly, helpfully and with evident empathy and understanding.  Thereafter she and her colleagues helped us at every step including securing legal aid despite the fact that a previous solicitor had not identified that this was possible. Harminder was instrumental in securing the release from detention of one member of the family and following a difficult judicial review process she obtained a Home Office decision that allows the family leave to remain in the UK, to work and study here for the next 30 months. We are all delighted with Harminder and Sultan Lloyd and we are very happy to recommend Harminder and Sultan Lloyd to future users of their services.'

-- Alasdair Denton

'With a track record of involvement in all kinds of business and private applications, Country Guidance cases, judicial reviews and appeals to the Court of Appeal, Sultan Lloyd have expertise both in publicly funded work and commercial immigration, making them one of the outstanding immigration specialists in the Midlands.'

-- Mark Symes, Counsel at Garden Court Chambers, London

'I have been instructed by Messrs SL for a number of years and in various asylum and immigration matters. The firm has always provided a friendly and professional service and is dedicated to achieving the most favourable outcome for their clients. The staff is both efficient and courteous and offers a valuable service to vulnerable clients. I would rate the firm as amongst the very best in this area of law, proven by their many reported cases. I would wholeheartedly recommend this firm to anyone seeking representation in an asylum or immigration case.'
-- Issac Maka, Counsel, London


'As one of SL's ex clients, I can say that they worked very accurately and hard on my case. They also used very good quality interpreters.'
-- Ismail Mohammed Nazhad, Ex asylum client, Birmingham

'SL is a very trustworthy and reliable firm, helping those people seeking asylum. I hope they continue working in this way.'

-- Kurdo Rezaie, Ex asylum client, Birmingham

'. . . a reliable, efficient firm. They explained things very clearly and did exactly what they said they would. I was really impressed with their friendly and efficient service.'-- Miss N Osman, Birmingham