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Family law solicitors ARE committed to mediation despite what you might read

Mediation in action

I was interested to read the recent article in The Times (Lawyers should stop treating mediation as a tickbox exercise) claiming divorce lawyers should stop treating mediation as a tick box exercise. In my opinion, we don’t, never have and never will. Helping people through a divorce should be a…

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6 Family Law YouTube channels to follow in 2018

Family Law YouTube Channels

There’s a wealth of great content across the web that can help you with all matters Family Law, and there’s no better place to go for it than YouTube. Whilst there are plenty of Family Law websites out there with handy guides and articles on related topics, nothing lets you…

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Arbitration in family law – a private judge to settle disputes about your children

children sat with parents by the river for the artcile Arbitration in family law – a private judge to settle disputes about your

I keep hearing that our court system is broken or on the verge of collapse. I have to say I am inclined to agree. Last year I went to court with a client about the arrangements for his children.  One of the issues was a holiday abroad in the school…

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Technological change long overdue in family law cases

pile of court bundles for the article technological change long overdue in family law cases

As a family law solicitor, it never ceases to amaze me how wasteful the court system is, in more ways than one. Anyone who has attended a hearing at court as part of their family proceedings, will have an idea of just how much paper is generated for those few…

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5 important questions to ask a family lawyer before you instruct them

Questions for your family lawyer

Instructing a family lawyer is something you might only do once in your life, so knowing what questions to ask when you first talk to them is very important. I’ve suggested five key questions which are worth asking, to make sure you are getting the best possible, most appropriate service…

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Questions divorcing clients are embarrassed to ask

Divorce and family law questions

In my experience as a divorce and family law solicitor I find that people often feel embarrassed asking basic legal questions as they feel that they will look stupid.  I am asked the same questions time and time again and clients should never feel silly asking as it is important…

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Family law reporting: mind your language

Family law reporting mind your language

The language we use around family law shapes how we think about it. This is the very simple rationale behind “custody” changing to “child arrangements” for example is to encourage parents to think of routines and not ownership. In contrast, the entirely justified move to prevent alleged victims of domestic…

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University fees – the obligations of a parent

Parents, university fees and child maintenance

As new terms started recently many students will have thought long and hard about the likely costs of going to university.  In a BBC article a few months ago the average student debt was calculated to be an eye watering £57,000.  Having had a full grant and a job in…

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Family Law and Fake News

Family law and fake news – divorce solicitor comments

As a family law solicitor, I welcome transparency around the law, including the reporting of family law cases. But I also think journalists have a responsibility to understand the real issues, not just go for the attention-grabbing headlines. Several high-profile cases recently have brought this to the fore. Whilst on…

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The myth of common law marriage

What is common law marriage? The phrase common law marriage is often used by couples who are unmarried but have lived together for many years. It’s used in a belief that a couple who have been together for a long time have certain rights. Unfortunately for those couples there is…

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The perils of social media and playing detective in family disputes

Family law disputes – the perils of social media and technology

As a family law solicitor, I often say that ‘nothing surprises me’. But with the advent of new technologies and the proliferation of social media I find myself amazed by some of the things I read about in Family Law case notes and some of the incidents experienced by my…

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What is shared parenting? Shared parenting in UK law

What is shared parenting in family law

Shared parenting seems to be referred to regularly now in media reports about divorce and separation. In all cases that come before the Courts there will be a desire to do what’s best for the child or children involved, which is often shared care of the child. But what does…

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