Kenyon Son and Craddock support Family Mediation Week

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Taking place from 11-15 January 2016, Family Mediation Week aims to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively. As family mediators, Kenyon Son and Craddock are happy to support and promote Family Mediation Week and will be offering free mediation information sessions to any clients who quote ‘Family Mediation Week’ when arranging their appointment.

Our Family Mediation page on the website gives information about our service and answers some frequently asked questions, or call Rebecca Kershaw on 01405 813108 and quote the reference ‘Family Mediation Week’.





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Our Christmas opening hours are as follows:

Friday 18th December – 9am to 3pm

Closed Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Monday 28th December.

Open Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th December 9am to 5pm.

Closed Thursday 31st December and Friday 1st January.

Open as usual from 9am Tuesday 4th January.


Kenyons Son and Craddock at the Dementia Alliance

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Dementia friend

Sarah Littlewood and Rebecca Kershaw were pleased to show Kenyon Son and Craddock’s commitment to being a Dementia Friendly firm by attending the Doncaster Dementia Action Alliance meeting recently. To become members of the Alliance we had to prepare an action plan demonstrating how we tailor our services to the needs of clients with dementia and how we are training our staff to be dementia friendly. It was interesting to meet with other organisations in the Alliance and to learn about the work which is going on in Doncaster to help meet the needs of those with dementia and their carers.

We can help with Lasting Powers of Attorney, Will and Court of Protection cases. For more information or to arrange an appointment please give Sarah a ring on 01405 813 108 (Thorne) or 01924 566111 (Wakefield)


New cohabitation stats reveal the need for the law to catch up with society

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Resolution. First for family law [Logo]

05 Nov 2015

New data from the Office for National Statistics confirming that unmarried couples living together are the fastest growing family type in the UK is further proof that the law on cohabitation needs to catch up with modern British society, says family law organisation Resolution.

Cohabiting couples currently have little legal protection when they separate. Lawyer Graeme Fraser, Resolution’s spokesman on cohabitation law, explains:

Under current cohabitation law it’s possible to live with someone for decades and even to have children together and then simply walk away without taking any responsibility for a former partner when the relationship breaks down. This can have a huge impact on women and children, particularly in cases where a mother has given up or reduced her work to raise a family.”

According to the ONS Families and Households survey, released 5 November 2015, there are now 3.1 million opposite sex cohabiting couple families, which has increased from 14% of all families in 2005 to 17% in 2015. 41% of all opposite sex cohabiting couple families have dependent children in the household, this figure having increased as a result of the average age at first marriage being higher (30.3 years) than the average age of women at the birth of their first child (28.3 years). Same sex cohabiting couple families have also increased to 90,000 in 2015.

Graeme Fraser comments:

“These statistics should be regarded by policymakers as a wake-up call that cohabitation is a trend of modern society that is not going to go away. As family lawyers who see the damage caused by the lack of protection for cohabiting couples when they separate, Resolution calls for the urgent introduction of safety net legislation providing legal protection and fair outcomes at the time of a couple’s separation, particularly for children and mothers left vulnerable under the existing law.”

He continues: “In light of the latest ONS data it will be interesting to see Parliament’s reaction to the Cohabitation Rights Bill tabled by Lord Marks, which is currently in its early stages.”

Earlier this year Resolution released its Manifesto for Family Law calling for the introduction of some rights for cohabiting couples when they separate. Research in 2013 from relationships charity One Plus One shows that almost half (47%) of the British public believe in the myth of “common law marriage”, the notion that cohabiting couples have similar legal rights to married people.

Article from Resolution Media Centre 5.11.15

A big thank you

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I’d just like to say a big thank you to everybody at Kenyon Son and Craddock who have so generously donated food and clothing to the refugee appeal. I have already taken two car boot loads to the collection centre and have another load ready to go. I also spent a morning helping to sort the donations which have come from the whole Doncaster area and was overwhelmed by the amount of clothes, sleeping bags, camping gear and food which has been donated for the refugees. A very large van was needed to take everything to the depot at Leeds from where it will be distributed to those in most need.

Kenyons will carry on collecting for as long as the appeal remains open. Again many thanks for your generosity.

Rebecca Kershaw

Kenyons pledge support for refugee crisis

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Here at Kenyon Son and Craddock, Solicitors in Thorne, Goole and Wakefield, we are doing our bit to help the refugee crisis by supporting Doncaster Solidarity with Calais Refugees. Joanne Poynton from the Wakefield office and Rebecca Kershaw from Thorne were so upset by the pictures of desperate people on their TV screens every night that they felt they had to do something to help and the whole firm soon got on board.

We are collecting items most needed by the refugees stranded in Calais and taking them to a local drop off point in Thorne from where they will become part of the Doncaster wide effort to provide support. We welcome donations of the following: Socks, wellies, hoodies, jeans, t-shirts, hats gloves and scarves, sleep bags, tents, blankets, shaving foam, flour, sugar, rice, pasta, tinned goods.


Compensation – It’s the last thing we do

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Literally, compensation is the last (and most important) thing that we deal with in any case. The compensation that we recover for our clients provides them with the financial security they require following a life changing accident. The purpose is to put them back, so far as money can, in the position they would have been in had the accident not occurred. It can be used for items such as wheelchairs, changes to the home or vehicles, to cover a lifetime’s loss or reduction in earnings and to pay for professional care and private medical treatment.

However, it is not, by any means, the only thing we do.

When we are first approached by someone who has suffered a life changing accident the most important thing we can do is to listen. It’s not until we fully understand their particular circumstances that we can use our skill and expertise to find the perfect solution. We then carry out a full assessment and prepare a detailed case plan designed to get the injured person’s life back on track as soon as possible and protect their long term future.

If there’s likely to be any dispute as to who was responsible for the accident, it is essential that we resolve this issue without delay. By doing so we provide peace of mind for the injured person knowing that they will ultimately receive fair and just compensation for the injuries and financial loss they have suffered.

We will then arrange an immediate needs assessment to consider what care is required in the short term and what steps can be taken to start the rehabilitation process. We can also request upfront payments to cover any ongoing loss of earnings and avoid unnecessary financial pressure being put on the injured person and their family. At this stage we will also be liaising with medical and other experts to put the recommended steps in place and start the process of getting the client’s life back on track.

Once the immediate concerns have been dealt with and a rehabilitation plan has been put in place, we can get to work, assessing the full extent of the injuries and financial implications. Depending on the circumstances of the case, this can take some time as we arrange the necessary medical and other expert reports to provide us with the evidence that we need. We continue to monitor progress throughout, making any necessary adjustments to the case plan and, where recommendations are made, ensuring that they are implemented without delay.

It is only when the long term effects of the injury and its financial implications are fully understood that we can move to the final stage of the process which is to ensure that the injured person receives full and just compensation. That is the last thing we do!!!

Divorce court fees to rise

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The cost of getting divorced is to rise by about a third after the government announced increased court fees.

From later this year, husbands or wives who want to end their marriage will pay £550 in England and Wales, a rise of £140.

It will still be possible to apply for a fee exemption if you are able to prove you are on a low income.  If that doesn’t apply to you and you have been planning to start a divorce you may wish to consider starting the process before the fee rise comes into effect. There is no definite date yet but it will be before the end of the year.

If you would like more information about our fixed fee divorce packages please contact us for a no obligation chat:

Thorne office- 01405 813108

Goole office – 01405 720850


Rebecca Kershaw July 2015



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With the holiday season now upon us, it is worth spending a little time to make sure we do not end up on the wrong side of the law when travelling abroad. Most people are now familiar with the travel requirements in Europe but those travelling further afield run the risk of being caught by some of the more obscure laws from around the world. Even in Europe we are not totally safe as these bizarre examples demonstrate:

  • In Victoria Australia it is forbidden to wear pink hot pants after mid-day on a Sunday.
  • In Australia, it’s illegal to name any animal you plan to eat.
  • In Portugal, it’s against the law to pee in the ocean.
  • Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.
  • In Paraguay duelling is legal just as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  • In Milan, Italy, there is a law that requires citizens to smile at all times or risk a hefty fine. The only exceptions are visiting hospitals and funerals.
  • Donald Duck comics were once banned in Finland because he never wore pants.
  • In France, it is against the law to sell an E.T doll. They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces.
  • It is illegal to take a Vicks inhaler into Japan.
  • In Maryland, it is illegal for radio stations to play Randy Newman’s song ‘Short people’.
  • In Washington, it is an offence to pretend that you have rich parents.
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry and ice cream cone in your pocket.
  • In Louisiana, if you bite someone with your own teeth it is classed as ‘Simple assault’ but if you bite someone with your dentures it is classed as ‘aggravated assault’.
  • In California, police can arrest you if you shoot any animal from a moving vehicle except a whale.
  • In Alaska, it is illegal to wake a sleeping bear to take its photograph.
  • In British Columbia, it is illegal to kill a Sasquatch or Bigfoot if one is ever found.

Please remember a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and if you are holidaying in an unfamiliar location this year we do genuinely suggest that you make sure you are familiar with the local laws and customs.

Wherever you are travelling this summer we hope you have a great holiday.

Are you a victim of domestic abuse?

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Everyone has arguments and disagrees with their partners and other family members from time to time. We all do things we later regret and which cause unhappiness to those we care about. But if this begins to form a consistent pattern then it may be an indication of domestic abuse. Many people think of Domestic Abuse as being physical violence but the government definition of domestic violence and abuse includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.


At Kenyon Son and Craddock, Family Solicitors in Thorne, we use a questionnaire to help clients consider whether they may be suffering from domestic abuse. Have a read through the following questions and see if many of them apply to you:


  • Has your partner tried to keep you from seeing your friends or family?
  • Has your partner prevented you from continuing or starting a college course or from going to work?
  • Does your partner constantly check up on you or follow you?
  • Does your partner unjustly accuse you of flirting or having affairs with others?
  • Does your partner constantly belittle or humiliate you or regularly criticise or insult you in front of other people?
  • Are you ever afraid of your partner?
  • Have you ever changed your behaviour because you are afraid of what your partner may do or say to you?
  • Has your partner ever destroyed any of your possessions deliberately?
  • Has your partner ever hurt or threatened you or your children?
  • Have your children ever witnessed your partner’s behaviour towards you?
  • Has your partner ever kept you short of money so you are unable to buy food and necessary items for yourself and your children?
  • Has your partner ever forced you to do something you really didn’t want to do?
  • Has your partner ever tried to prevent you from taking necessary medication or seeking medical help when you felt you needed it?
  • Has your partner ever threatened to take your children away or said they would refuse to let you take them with you or to see them if you left?
  • Has your partner ever tried to prevent you leaving the house?
  • Does your partner blame their use of alcohol or drugs for their behaviour?If you feel you may be a victim of domestic abuse then we can help and will provide friendly, sympathetic advice. We offer a free initial appointment and Legal Aid may be available to help you deal with the abuse and to sort out children and financial issues. Please give us a call to see how we can help.
  • Julie Murray, Legal Executive.