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Doing your own Divorce –  Can I go it alone?

Divorce can I go it alone?

As a family lawyer one question I have been asked many times over the years is ‘can I deal with the divorce proceedings myself?’ The answer to this question is of course yes. Anyone who has sufficient time, a brief background of the process and an ability to complete forms…


Why the fall in the rate of divorce isn’t all good news

Financial settlements

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics at the end of 2016 show that the likelihood of marriage ending in divorce has dropped to its lowest level in forty years. The figures show that in 2014 less than one couple in every 100 married couples split. Reason to celebrate…


Why a parenting course may be just what separating parents need

Separated Parents Information Programme

“Why are the Courts sending me on a Separated Parents Information Programme?” is a question many clients ask me when them come away from court with an order to attend the Separated Parents Information programme. They seem to think that the Court are suggesting that they don’t know how to…


Staying friends after a divorce

Divorcing and staying friends

Divorce is an extremely emotional and difficult step in anyone’s lives. None of us ever imagine whilst standing at the altar or during that dream wedding in the Seychelles that ultimately it will end up as an acrimonious divorce. The question is does it have to be that way, does…


Child maintenance powers reach another level

New enforcement measures in relation to child maintenance are being proposed by the Department for Work and Pensions, and they could bring far reaching affects for parents. For many years the CSA, now the CMS, has brought fear to non-resident parents and has not been short of bad press. On…


Marry at first sight, repent at leisure

Divorce & Family Lawyer Derby, Andrew Robotham

A new Channel 4 TV show entitled Married at First Sight will see volunteers who have never met before getting married in front of the TV cameras. This is not a completely new idea as something similar was undertaken by the Birmingham radio station BRMB in 1999. In this case,…


When does collaborative family law work best?

There is still a lot of confusion about collaborative family law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) generally. The Government is moving to help this by dropping the “alternative” from the name so it will just be termed dispute resolution. I’m sure there must have been a committee agonising over this…


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