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Norfolk solicitor explains the benefits of a ‘good divorce’

Family solicitors at Norfolk-based law firm Clapham & Collinge LLP are supporting Resolution’s ‘Good Divorce Week 2020’, a national campaign that aims to promote practical and constructive ways for separating parents to put the needs of their children first.

Organised by Resolution, a community of more than 6,500 family justice professionals, this year the campaign focuses around the benefits of early legal advice, as it prepares to re-launch its Code of Practice. 

Resolution members believe the process of separating, sorting out finances and arranging childcare should be done in a way that minimises conflict and keeps the best interests of any children involved at the heart of proceedings. By seeking early professional advice, couples have the benefit of considering a range of options and making a decision that is most suitable to them. 

A head and shoulders picture ofNeale Grearson, who is a partner and head of the family law department at Clapham & Collinge LLP


Neale Grearson, who is a partner and head of the family law department at Clapham & Collinge

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Texas first responders who die from COVID-19 denied state benefits

Law enforcement groups, surviving relatives call on Gov. Abbott to act, but he says law already allows money to flow.

The Texas prison system continues to lead the country in COVID-19 infection rates and prisoner deaths, but there’s another crisis unfolding as families of prison employees who have died are unable to get critical first-responder benefits. 

So far, 23 Texas correctional officers have died from COVID-19Eric Johnson is one of them. 

The 37-year-old is survived by his wife, Charity, and four children in Madisonville, Texas. 

“It really has taken a toll on her and her kids,” said Johnson’s cousin, Shemeka Morning. “Charity misses her husband. All the kids miss him.”    

Johnson’s family say their grief is compounded by their struggle to get benefits that they say are due them.  

Although the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported Johnson’s death as being in the line of

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Mass. U.S. Attorney to hire prosecutor for unemployment benefits fraud

District of Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling is bringing on board a prosecutor to focus on unemployment insurance fraud as fraudulent claims have become rampant during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lelling announced Tuesday his office received the necessary funding for the new hire, who will be charged with prosecuting the fraud schemes and other offenses related to CARES Act benefits.

The prosecutor will work a one-year term, with the potential for serving an additional year.

“Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of national crises to enrich themselves at the expense of American taxpayers,” Lelling said in a statement. “From the onset of the pandemic, my office has aggressively investigated and prosecuted scams and fraud related to this national crisis, including efforts to steal funds intended for the millions of Americans who suddenly find themselves out of work and without an income. I look forward to doubling down on our prosecutions

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California unemployment: Workers with jobs get EDD benefits while unemployed wait

HAYWARD, Calif. — While thousands of unemployed workers struggle to get their EDD benefits, another group has the opposite problem. They received benefits even though they have jobs. That might seem like free money, but it’s actually a huge problem.

EDD paid thousands of workers automatically when the pandemic hit. But many had returned to work. They’ve been trying to give the money back or face penalties and taxes — but no response from EDD.

KABC-TV’s sister station KGO spoke to Les Wylie of Hayward in Northern California earlier this year. He and his wife Catherine have been trying since last march to return money the EDD gave him by mistake.

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“I been trying to tell them I didn’t need the money, I don’t want the money, I want to give it back,” Wylie said. “And they won’t contact me to tell

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Could Maryland law change help ease backlog of requests for jobless benefits?

The Maryland office that processes unemployment claims is jammed with a backlog of cases, and the governor believes part of the holdup is related to state law.

The Maryland office that processes unemployment claims is jammed with a backlog of cases, and the governor believes part of the holdup is related to state law.

Maryland is a mitigation state. “That means we, and three other states in the country, are required to mitigate the disputes on every single claim,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson.

“In other states, those claims can be denied, and those claimants immediately have the right to appeal,” Robinson said.

The issue was raised during a virtual Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday, in which Comptroller Peter Franchot made a passionate appeal for immediate aid to be provided to people who have been waiting for months for interviews for their claims to be reviewed.

“We

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