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Guides

pdfGuide to Divorce 201877.88 KBThis note explains the divorce process under the legal system of England and Wales. It also outlines some of the key issues – financial matters and contact with children - which you will need to consider and address as part of your divorce. This information is general in nature. For advice and guidance on UK divorces (as opposed to divorces in another jurisdiction e.g. Germany) you should instruct a UK solicitor practised in family law at your own expense. If you require advice on obtaining a German divorce you should consult a German lawyer. A list of English speaking German matrimonial lawyers is contained at Annex D.

pdfGuide to Illegal Downloading 201831.01 KBUnlawful downloading and file-sharing is a serious matter in Germany, as it is in UK. It is treated by German law as a criminal offence; a form of theft. However, the situation BFG personnel typically face is a letter from a firm of German lawyers (acting for the owners of the copyright on a film or some music) who are not pursuing action through the criminal courts but, instead, for damages through the civil courts. The firms that do this work are not targeting members of BFG; German citizens get these letters too.

pdfGuide to Legal Issues on Leaving Germany23.67 KBIf you are a soldier, dependant or UKBC leaving Germany (whether to return to UK or on posting elsewhere overseas) or you are posted to a different location within Germany, there are already some excellent guides to the steps you should take before your move. In particular there is the excellent ‘Get You Back Pack’ produced by the HIVE. The purpose of this ALA Guide is not to replace the information in the ‘Get you Back Pack’ but to reinforce some of the key legal and contractual issues which may arise if you do not take the right steps before your move. There are plenty of issues which the ‘Get You Back Pack’ deals with (such as de-registering BFG vehicles, de-registering dogs, change of address notifications etc) which are not legal issues and are not covered here.

pdfGuide to Taking Children Abroad35.55 KBIf the parents of a child are separated then a little known requirement for taking that child abroad on holiday is the necessity of obtaining the consent of everyone who has Parental Responsibility for the child. Unless one of the parents is in possession of a Residence Order (see below), written permission is required from the other parent to take the child on holiday abroad. If consent is refused then an application to the Court is required to obtain the Court’s permission to take the child out of the Court’s jurisdiction. Taking a child abroad without the consent of both parents or without a Court’s permission may amount to International Child Abduction which is a criminal offence.

pdfMatters Relating to Children - Contact & Residence28.24 KBThe ALA scheme does not extend to assisting in contested children proceedings which go to Court. ALA can assist in corresponding with your x-partner/spouse to resolve issues in relation to child contact and residence, but if such matters cannot be resolved by such negotiation then it may become necessary to instruct a civilian lawyer (at your own expense) to bring Court proceedings. This note offers some general guidance about what the options are in respect of sharing care of the child(ren) of a marriage and what happens if it does become necessary to seek a Court Order.

pdfHQ ALA Guide To Telephone / Internet Contracts73.55 KBDebts and outstanding liabilities from telephone contracts are one of the biggest issues ALA is consulted on. Telephone companies use debt collection agencies to follow up even relatively small amounts owed. In the main, issues arise due to poor communication and/or not reading or adhering to the terms and conditions of the contract. Consequently you should request from your telephone provider a copy of your Terms and Conditions in English so that you fully understand what you are about to or have signed up to. This guide focuses on the main issues at each stage of the process.

 

Making a claim in England and Wales in the "Small Claims Court"

In England and Wales making claim for money used to be called "taking someone to Small Claims Court".  For guidance on such matters please see the link below to the Gov.uk website. You should note that this procedure only applies where the claim is less than £10,000.  In personal injury cases, or if the claim relates to a landlord’s failure to repair a property, the claim must be for less that £1,000.  You should also note that there are varying time limitations dependant on the nature of the claim.

https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money

 

Forms

pdfMatrimonial Proforma23.05 KBHEADQUARTERS ARMY LEGAL ASSISTANCE MATRIMONIAL STATEMENT PROFORMA Please answer all questions and produce all documents in your possession at the interview.
pdfStatement of Arrangements for Children768.5 KBYou must complete this form if you or the Respondent have any children under 16 or any children under 18 who are at school or college or are training for a trade, profession or vocation. Before you issue a divorce/dissolution/(judicial) separation or nullity petition try to reach an agreement with your spouse or civil partner over the proposals for the children’s future. There is space for them to sign at the end of this form if agreement is reached. If your spouse/civil partner does not agree with the proposals, they will have the opportunity at a later stage to state why they do not agree and will be able to make their own proposals. You should take or send the completed form together with a copy to the court when you issue your divorce/dissolution/(judicial) separation or nullity petition.

pdfHQ ALA Conflict of Interests Check Proforma26.29 KBWhen a potential Applicant contacts ALA to book a first appointment or to seek advice for the first time (including by letter, email or fax), ALA Reception must obtain from them the details below. ALA Reception staff should explain that it is a professional legal requirement to obtain these details before an appointment can be booked in order to ensure this office does not have a conflict of interest. This process is normal legal practice. No appointment will be made or confirmed until we have these details and we have completed our conflict of interest check. Therefore it may not be possible to book/confirm an appointment there and then and we will need to call or e-mail back with an appointment time or confirmation (hence they must give us correct and full contact details).

 

AFF Magazine "Army & You"

AFF Magazine Army & You published the following articles "Caught in the Crossfire" in summer 2018. The AFF Magazine, features a Law Advertorial regularly and may be of interests to our client base.