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Fight for Eastbourne’s Court Services

Fight for Eastbourne’s Court Services Following the closure of the Eastbourne County and Magistrates Court, Stephen Lloyd requested a meeting with Lucy Frazer MP, Justice Minister, regarding the ‘alternative provision’ that was promised for Eastbourne but has not been implemented. Essentially, this ‘alternative provision’ was to be a court sitting in Eastbourne on one or… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Collaborative Law

How does it work? Is it suitable for you? Will a fair outcome be achieved? What are the advantages?   These were all questions I asked myself before undertaking the collaborative training. I wondered whether I was the right ‘type’ to become a collaborative lawyer. Having spent the last 10 years working tirelessly for each… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

How to approach divorce to keep the peace?

Client’s often ask what they can do to keep the peace during their divorce, particularly if their spouse does not really want the marriage to come to an end. Here are some top tips of what may help you through your separation… Separation – Ensure you understand the separation options available to you. Divorce is… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

I have separated from my partner. Can I change the Locks on our property?

Jointly owned properties Where a property is jointly owned, the simple answer is no. The legal position is that both parties’ have an equal right to access and to occupy the property.  Even if only one party is paying the mortgage or the other party has made no contribution at all, you cannot change the… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Divorce – answers to the questions that you should be asking…

Q1. Does it make a difference whether I am the Petitioner or Respondent? On principal you may feel that you should be the petitioner if you believe that your spouse has caused the marriage to break down. Ultimately, the end result will be the same and upon pronouncement of the Decree Absolute you will be… Read the rest of this post (4 Comments)

Divorce and your money – the ticking time bomb

If your relationship has broken down, we strongly advise clients in all cases to ensure that they have a binding agreement in place setting out how the finances are to be divided between them, regardless of whether the assets are significant or not. In cases where assets are more limited or the separation is amicable… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

When the Judges get it wrong…

On 16 February 2015, it was reported by the Daily Mail and Mail Online that a mother tortured by the father of her twin boys must write to him in prison to give him updates on his children or risk imprisonment herself. Here are the Headlines by Nazia Parveen for the Daily Mail and Lucy… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Top 5 tips for New Year and a new you

When it comes to the New Year, most people start to think about Resolutions for the year ahead. As a family lawyer, I often hear our clients telling me that they want to get through Christmas, but their new year’s resolution is to ‘get organised’ or do something to ‘just be happy.’ Here is a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Compulsory mediation – finding a fair solution or a mere formality?

On 26 September 2014, it was reported in the New Law Journal by Kirstie Gibson ‘Despite the government’s long professed love for mediation as a way to divert family disputes away from the courts, there has been a steep decline in public spending on mediation.’ Is this because people do not want to engage in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The Price of Freedom

When a marriage breaks down, in many cases there will be an imbalance between the couple’s respective financial circumstances. This may be because one spouse has had a break in their employment to bring up the children or simply because one has excelled in their career. This places the spouses on an unequal footing often… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)