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Separating? Positive Action: Parenting Agreement

Jag Kainth
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Right, so you’ve decided separation is the way forward and you now want to deal with living arrangements for the children, how do you achieve this? Separation is a difficult time for you and your former partner but it is particularly painful for...

Sunshine and Sandcastles

Catherine Day
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We’re all going on a summer holiday, or are we... It’s that time of year – the sun’s making guest appearances, the bbqs are out and thoughts naturally turn to our summer holidays. It should be a time to relax and unwind. However...

Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses?

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On 20 th March 2017 the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee published a report to consider the effect of Brexit upon access to justice for families, individuals and businesses. The report finds that: The current system for civil justice cooperation...

When your behaviour isn't unreasonable enough...

Catherine Day
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When is behaviour not unreasonable enough?   In essence, that is the question that the Court of Appeal has recently been asked to determine in the case of Owens v Owens. In summary, Mrs Owens sought a divorce from her husband, Mr Owens, of 39 years...

Can I go for a second bite of the (financial) cherry after divorce?

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If no formal financial Order is made by the Court at the conclusion of a divorce then the future consequences can be substantial. A common misconception is that the divorce alone brings financial claims to an end, this is simply not true. The Recent Briers...

Mediation . . . the positive choice!

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‘Mediation is an empowering process for the children, and it can lead to their parents making more informed and suitable decisions for the future’. This blog has been written for Family Mediation Week, read more here... This simple...

"I wish my parents had known about family mediation"

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Trite it may be, but true it certainly is, that parents want to do all they can for their children.   This blog has been written for Family Mediation Week, read more here... Some will happily declare that they will go to the ends of the earth....

3 Top Tips for Separating Parents...

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...from someone speaking from experience Emily’s parents are divorced. This process began whilst Emily was an A-Level student living at home. Emily found little information to support herself and her sisters. With the support of FixersUK, Emily...

Lasting Damage: is there a Better Way?

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Blog by Phillippa Johnson for  Family Mediation Week, read more here... Over the years I’ve seen a lot of changes not only in the practice of family law but also in the backgrounds of clients. For many people in the early 80’s...

Mediation is a Better Way

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Blog written by  Philippa Johnson   for Family Mediation Week, read more here... I have chosen to share this part of my story because I believe that separation is a moment of absolute crisis. How we cope and work through that crisis...

Lessons to be learnt for next Christmas

Catherine Day
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Christmas is over, the decorations have been put away for another year and we are well into the start of the New Year. Whilst many will miss the celebrations and yuletide magic, for some people the farewell to stress and difficulties that arise over family...

Domestic Abuse or Harrassment

Vicki Rawlins
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There have been two recent cases to hit the news regarding relationship breakdown and difficulties. The first concerned a Hollywood star and his starlet wife and the second concerned a local barrister and his solicitor wife. Whilst the lifestyles of these...

It is a sad fact of modern life that a lot of marriages break down

Beverley Pym
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Where a marriage has irretrievably broken down, it should be brought to an end with the minimum distress to the couple and any children. In England and Wales, the only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.  This can be...

Increase in court fees - in family cases

Helen Clarkson
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An announcement was made at the end of July this year by the government that court fees will once again be significantly increased. Since Legal Aid was abolished for most cases back in April 2013, access to justice for the less wealthy has become somewhat of...

Social Media in Family Matters

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As a family lawyer, I regularly deal with people who are going through a difficult relationship breakdown and who are struggling to communicate with their ex-partner/spouse. More often, matters are made more difficult by the use of social media. Whether it...

The Divorce Process - Fiction V Fact

Vicki Rawlins
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Following a separation it is always helpful to obtain some initial advice to find out your options. When a marriage has broken down, the thought of a divorce may fill you with fear. This is a natural reaction given that nobody marries with the intention of...

Tie up loose ends to ensure you can move on - Wyatt v Vince

Beverley Pym
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Most couples who go through the breakdown of a marriage will be aware that the way of legally bringing a marriage to an end, is to issue divorce proceedings.  As well as the divorce proceedings, they will have to consider the arrangements for the...

Happy New Year - or D-Day for your relationship?

Beverley Pym
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This is a busy time of year for Family Lawyers. The first Monday of the New Year is often referred to as “D-Day or Black Monday”, due to the high volume of people seeking a divorce after Christmas. The breakdown of a relationship is an upsetting...

Did Legal Aid Die With LASPO?

Vicki Rawlins
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It has now been 18 months since the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (known as LASPO ) 2013 amended the criteria for client’s seeking publically funded (previously known as Legal Aid) family advice and / or representation. As...

You keep the house, but who gets the dog?

Helen Clarkson
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The Breakdown of a relationship is hard enough as it is and matters can often become acrimonious when attempting to negotiate what happens next, whether it is in relation to the distribution of assets, who remains in the matrimonial home or who the children...

Put off financial matters at your peril!

Vicki Rawlins
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Coming to terms with a marriage breakdown is never easy, and the thought of beginning divorce proceedings is likely to be daunting and unpleasant, even when you know you are making the right decision. Once you have made the decision to begin divorce...

The Children and Families Act 2014 - changes to Private Law Children Proceedings

Helen Clarkson
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What we need to know… The Children and Families Act 2014 (the ‘New Act’) has been a long time coming and created much debate over the proposed amendments it makes to the Children Act 1989. The New Act received Royal Assent on the 13 th ...

Pre-Nuptial Agreements - what's the point?

Helen Clarkson
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What is a ‘Pre-Nup’ I often get asked. Well, it is an agreement made between a couple prior to marriage or civil partnership, seeking to regulate any financial liability and responsibilities that are likely to arise should the relationship break...