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Ten facts about the divorce process

If you are considering separating from your husband or wife there may be a number of questions that you require answers to and this blog aims to address some of the most common queries. Who can instigate divorce proceedings? Anyone who has been married for a year or more can start divorce proceedings so long… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Do you know your parental “rights”?

What is Parental Responsibility? Parental Responsibility is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority by law which a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property”. Who has Parental Responsibility? A mother automatically has parental responsibility for a child. If a father is married or has been… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

What “rights” do I have as a grandparent in relation to spending time with my grandchildren?

It is recognised by the Courts in England and Wales that Grandparents play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren and that this can be at risk when families separate. Unfortunately, under the laws of England and Wales, Grandparents do not have automatic rights to spend time with their grandchildren and unless an… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Parental Alienation – A Hot Topic.

Parental Alienation has been in the headlines recently following the Chief Executive of CAFCASS, Anthony Douglas warning against the dangers of behaviour known as “parental alienation”. – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/12/divorced-parents-pit-children-against-former-partners-guilty/ . The topic has also been debated recently in Parliament – https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-03-15/debates/1920253C-C972-40A3-9A63-714220EDE50D/ParentalAlienation “Parental Alienation Syndrome” is not recognised by the World Health Organisation and it is not… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Making Child Arrangements for the Summer holidays

Summer holidays, I hear you groan, however, July will soon be upon us and it is important to plan ahead. This is especially true for separated families, where arrangements need to be made to address what will be happening in respect of child arrangements over the summer holiday period. Consideration also needs to be given… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Family Law – Update

There is only one ground in England and Wales which can be relied on to show that a marriage is over and that a decree of divorce should be granted and that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This is evidenced by one of five facts a) adultery b) unreasonable behaviour c) 2… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The myth of the Common Law Marriage

Figures published recently by the Office of National Statistics reveal that there are now 3.3 million cohabiting couple families in the UK and this is further evidence that the law needs to catch up with modern British society – https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/bulletins/familiesandhouseholds/2016#main-points Resolution released its Manifesto for Family Law last year, calling for the introduction of some… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Making Child Arrangements for Christmas

Christmas is now less than 3 weeks away, and many may have forgotten to plan ahead. This is especially true for separated families, where arrangements need to be made to address what will be happening in respect of child arrangements over the festive period. If it is envisaged that a dispute might arise between you… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

White Ribbon Day 2016

White Ribbon Day takes place annually on 25 November 2016 and is an awareness day where people are encouraged to pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms, by wearing a white ribbon to show their support. In the UK a domestic abuse incident is reported to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)