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Remote hearings for family courts - opinion piece

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After reading in the BBC News ' Remote hearings for family courts 'horribly cruel ' we've got in touch with our Family Law expert and found out what he thinks. Andy described: The difficulties in family law cases concerning...

A toolkit for family breakdown in the lockdown

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The coronavirus crisis is redefining lifestyles and the boundaries of our interactions; a situation that can challenge even the strongest bonds. For couples who are struggling in their relationship, or trying to manage co-parenting, anxiety levels are...

Christmas - a time for talking and teamwork

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Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky relationships to focus on talking to each other in the run up to Christmas. ...

It's Official! The end of the 'blame game' in divorce.

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Today (9th April 2019) the Government announced that it is finally going to reform the outdated divorce laws and have announced that divorcing couples will no longer have to prove fault in order to get divorced. New legislation is to be introduced that...

Prenuptial agreements - The essential thing to do before you say I do.

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With over 1 in 3 marriages now ending in a divorce, more and more couples are thinking of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement than ever before. These agreements are usually associated with America or Europe but are becoming more common in the UK too. Now...

Christmas - A time of goodwill for all?

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Andrew Robinson, Head of Family Law, considers issues that may arise during Christmastime around the care of children: It’s not hard to work out that the stress, anxiety & anger that’s felt by many separated couples is likely to be...

The Need to Prove Fault Fuels Bad Feeling Between Divorcing Couples

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New research has found that the majority of English and Welsh divorces still rely on showing one party as ‘at fault’, and this regularly creates bad feeling and conflict between couples. The study entitled ‘Finding Fault?’ aims to...

Honesty is the Best Policy

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Two recent Supreme Court decisions have emphasised how important it is to be honest about your financial position when negotiating a settlement in the event of separation and divorce. The basic principle is that, in order to achieve a fair settlement, it is...

Spousal Maintenance - A Meal Ticket for Life?

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In my day to day practice as a family lawyer, many things have changed since I first qualified in the mid-nineties but there have been a few constants. One of those is the mixture of horror and disgust that instantly contorts the features of my client...

To Mediate or to Fight - One Family Mediator's View

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Around eight months or so have now passed since the government passed legislation introducing an additional hurdle to cross before anyone that is separating from their spouse or partner is allowed to make an application to the court, either making a claim...

Living in Sin - A cautionary tale

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You meet a new girlfriend (or boyfriend), you fall in love and so you move in together, right? After all, it’s the 21st Century and it’s the obvious thing to do. However, it’s early days, you’ve got your own pad already, or the funds...

Did You Know That Divorce Week Starts on the Jan 13th 2014?

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Unfortunately, the second true week back at work after Christmas and New Year is also the week when many people decide to get divorced. This time of year is when people make decision about their future. It seems that being with your...

Equal Parenting versus Parental Involvement - One Dad's view

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Those of you with busy lives (or indeed, those of you who have a life) have probably not been tracking the progress of the Child and Families Bill currently working its way through Parliament. However, you probably are aware of the antics of Batman and his...