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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - June 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors newswire for you and your family, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm, alongside our latest service developments and changes in legislation.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing advice to families and individuals in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm, which prides itself on providing a highly personalised service to clients. 

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newswire and find it informative.

New motorway law announced that could see motorists penalised


A new piece of legislation has been introduced on Britain’s motorways which will see drivers receive automatic fines and points on their licence for ignoring closed lanes.

The new rules which came into force on 10 June are cracking down on motorists who ignore the overhead red ‘X’ signs which signal when a lane is closed, usually because of an incident or a broken-down vehicle.

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The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: what you need to know


The new Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on Thursday 13th June.

The Bill, which experts have referred to as the biggest ‘shake-up’ of family law in almost 50 years, will establish the rule of ‘no fault’ divorce. But what does this mean? And what will be the lasting impact on families?

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Almost a quarter of new dads miss out on paid paternity leave


Nearly one in four new fathers did not qualify for statutory paid paternity leave in 2018.

The Trade Unions Congress (TUC) says that 23 per cent of new dads didn’t qualify because they were self-employed, had not been in their job long enough or were in insecure work.

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Government to put wellbeing of children first in family court hearings


The Government will do more to put the safety, health and wellbeing of children first in family court cases, it has been revealed.

Launching a new public ‘Call for Evidence’, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it is looking to those with direct involvement to share their experiences.

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Home extensions to be allowed in England without full planning permission after permanent rule change


Homeowners in England will be allowed to complete extensions to their property without planning permission after the temporary rules, which have been in place since 2013, were made permanent.

Permitted development rights mean that homeowners can complete building on their property without planning permission from the council or approval from neighbours.

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