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Why should I bother with Mediation when I can just apply for a Court Order?

This is a question I am commonly asked by clients as a Solicitor. Being a Mediator as well, I am conscious that Mediation can offer separating couples a platform to ‘iron out’ their differences in a straight forward and direct way, with the assistance of an independent third party (the Mediator).  There is no need… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

When being a parent makes you the enemy

It is often difficult for separated parents to put aside issues they might have with their former partner and promote a healthy relationship between that parent and the child, particularly in circumstances where one parent has been hurt by the other. The very lack of love, trust and goodwill that led to the breakdown of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The Modern Day Divorce

With recent landmark decisions being made concerning applications for financial remedy where a considerable amount of time has passed (Vince v Wyatt [2013] EWCA civ 495), and the potential knock on effect this might have in the future, the current case law has given me cause to consider the current issues within ‘divorce law’. As… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

DNA testing to be funded by the court

One of the delays which often arise within the family courts is the issue relating to paternity and whether home testing kits are accurate enough to be relied upon. Due to legal aid cuts in 2013 DNA testing is no longer funded by the courts and litigants often have to find the hundreds of pounds… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Same Sex Parenting and Parental Order Applications

Following the landmark changes to same sex marriages, it is reasonable to assume there will be more and more same sex couples who will want to start a family of their own. Following changes introduced by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, same-sex couples can now become equal legal parents of children they conceive… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The ‘how to’ guide to child relocation

When people separate and there are children involved their main focus is usually to provide a better future for their children, focus on their own personal sanity and start afresh. Sometimes that can mean a parent wants to remove their child from the jurisdiction of England and Wales in order to seek better job opportunities… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Contempt of Court – Now a stark reality!

One of the most common questions asked by people when they are considering applying for a court order in respect of children or finances is whether there are sufficient penalties available for a person who continuously breaches a court order. The very fact that people require a court order is usually due to being at… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Parental Responsibility – a child’s right to a mum and a dad

The Daily Mail recently reported that a study carried out by Relate found that 1 in 3 mothers say that their child’s father should not have a say in the child’s upbringing.  The report found that 32% of mothers felt they can better handle problems alone. The courts see a wealth of committed fathers and… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The courts versus mediation – think again!

 As of 1st April 2013, legal aid was removed for all people who were financially eligible, who sought advice and assistance in family cases such as contact disputes, specific disputes i.e, where your child will attend school or whether you can take your child on holiday and the more complex issues such as dividing the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Cohabitation – have you got it right?

The latest statistical release by the Office for National Statistics reveals that the number of cohabiting couple families has increased significantly, from 2.2 million in 2003 to 2.9 million in 2013. Now days the emphasis isn’t so much on what can be done when the relationship breaks down but rather what can people do in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)