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Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… 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)

Ilott v Mitson: the Supreme Court decision – what does this mean for claims by adult children under the Inheritance Act 1975?

Now that the Supreme Court have handed down their judgment on this case, and the matter has been reviewed by many contentious probate practitioners, we can look at what the judgment says and what effect it will have for other adult childen who wish to make a claim against their parent’s Estate. The case of… 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)

“If I die, Pete gets everything!” Er… no Katie, he won’t.

During a panel discussion on Monday’s Loose Women show, former glamour model Katie Price revealed that she has not updated her Will since she split from her ex-husband Peter Andre in 2009. The panel was discussing what arrangements parents should make for the care of their children in the event of their death. Ms Price… 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)

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)