I made my first Freedom of Information Act request a few weeks ago inspired by an article I had read in the Law Society Gazette. The article was written by a fellow family lawyer and outlined her ‘proportionality campaign’. Continue reading
Separating can be very stressful, with opposing points of view on lots of issues making it difficult to reach agreement with your partner on the essential aspects of your divorce. But there is an alternative way to make these decisions without having to fight them out step-by-step in court: mediation.
A good divorce is one that is as painless as possible. Sorting the finances out can be a painful part of the divorce process. The cost – both financial and emotional – of court litigation should not be underestimated. The delays in the court system mean that proceedings are often dragged out. Continue reading
Family law is a dynamic area and 2015 has been no exception with changes occurring in the law and also in how we practice.
Separating or divorcing is extremely difficult, especially when a couple has children. As Suzanne Kingston pointed out in her blog post earlier this week (http://bit.ly/1Sfko9W), the process can be even more difficult on the children themselves. Children do not fully understand what is going on and often take responsibility for what is happening. It is not uncommon for children to blame themselves and feel guilty about their parents’ break up and to think ‘my parents are fighting because I’ve been naughty’ or ‘if only I could be better, my parents might stay together’. Continue reading
Our Family team has been selected for the ‘Family/Matrimonial Mediation Law Firm of the Year’ title at this year’s Citywealth Magic Circle Awards. Continue reading
In many cases concerning arrangements for children, the children involved are mere bystanders and it is difficult to see how this is in the child’s best interests. If a child is sufficiently mature, his or her views about issues that have an impact on their lives should be given centre stage in family proceedings. Continue reading
22 April 2014 marked “the largest reform of the family justice system any of us have seen or will see in our professional lifetimes” according to Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division. Continue reading
The Court has emphasised that sharing stops on divorce – so logic dictates that with the marriage over, sharing has no place in the assessment of maintenance. The correct goal is to empower individuals, after a divorce, to make the transition to independence. Continue reading
The Law Commission will today publish its much awaited report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements. In its press release entitled ‘Making it easier for separating couples to manage their finances and property’, the Commission sets out its three main aims: Continue reading