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Comment on divorce & family law 

Do same-sex couples have equality before the law?

By Woolley & Co, on Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 9:00am

Equal marriage.

Heterosexual and same-sex couples can now marry equally under English law, but do they have the same legal rights? This guest blog from Rebecca Rothwell of barristers’ chambers 36 Bedford Row provides the answers.

10 divorce myths we must dispel

By Abby Smith, on Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 1:40pm

10 divorce myths.

Divorce is now so commonplace in modern society that many people believe it to be simple and uncomplicated, actually for a divorce lawyer like myself it is, but for the lay-person matrimonial law is not always easy to understand which has caused many popular misconceptions and myths. Whilst you might think these myths are harmless and misunderstandings have no consequence that isn’t always the case.

Mediation in family law disputes is utterly pointless

By Kate Brooks, on Monday April 27, 2015 at 2:00pm

Mediation utterly pointless?.

“Mediation is utterly pointless” said one of the callers on a recent Radio 4 Money Box Live programme Ending a Relationship. I had to sympathise with the caller who explained that she’d been to mediation to sort out a financial agreement when she divorced her husband but he was now reneging on the agreement.

Enforcing a child arrangements order

By Catherine Edmondson, on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 2:36pm

Enforcement of child arrangements orders.

Divorcing couples with children often find reaching an agreement about the care of their children after divorce or separation pretty difficult. Those who cannot reach an agreement amicably find themselves asking the family court to decide. Either party can make an application for what is known as a child arrangements order, which will set out details of the days and times that a child will spend with each parent.

Grandparents’ applications for child arrangement orders increase

By Liz Davies, on Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 1:47pm


With marriage breakdown grandparents can be left on the sidelines, denied contact with their grandchildren and concerned for their future welfare. More grandparents are now taking legal action to make sure they play a part in the lives of their grandchildren. The Justice Minister reports that in 2013/2014 there were seven court applications a day by grandparents seeking what is now known as a child arrangements order (previously known as a contact order) in order to see their grandchildren following the divorce or separation of their parents.

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