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Prenups and unmarried couples’ rights in The Archers

Prenups and cohabitation rights in The Archers

Second marriages and prenuptial agreements have been one of the most recent storylines of The Archers. Through the trials and tribulations in the relationship between Lillian and Justin the BBC radio show has cast its light on 21st century family life from the comfort of fictional Ambridge. Prenuptial agreements are…


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…


How could Brexit affect divorce in the UK?

Uncertainty around many things in Britain is still high after our historic vote to leave Europe. I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the language of Brexit borrowing heavily from divorce and what the architects of the change could learn from us family law specialists. For many people though,…


Brexit and the language of divorce

Brexit: The UK's divorce from Europe

From the minute the referendum result was in, the language of Brexit has borrowed heavily from divorce. The EU Commissioner Jean Claude Juncker said very early on that Britain’s split from Europe “would not be an amicable divorce”. He went on, though, to say that the relationship had been having…


Annulment just got easier – well, not really

Legal & catholic annulment

As divorce lawyers, we are often asked how to get an annulment to a marriage, and, like many areas of family law, there are often a great number of urban myths to dispel before addressing the original question.  It has recently been widely reported that Pope Francis has reformed the…


Can Radio 4’s The Archers help more people spot the signs of domestic abuse?

BBC Archers storyline - Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

For the regular readers of our blog, you may recall I questioned in January (Family relationships in The Archers) whether the relationship between Rob and Helen in Radio 4’s The Archers was showing the hallmarks of domestic abuse, and specifically, of coercive control. The alarm bells in my head were,…


Family relationships in BBC’s The Archers

Family relationships in The Archers

Adultery, alienated children and coercive, possibly even abusive, relationships are all under the spotlight in the long running BBC radio show The Archers. But how do soap opera story lines reflect real life family and relationship dramas? I admit it, I was (until now) a covert Archers addict. Like all…


What my parents taught me about the right way to divorce

Woolley & Co solicitor Tamara Glanvill gives a very personal view on why parents can do so much to help children through divorce – and beyond – as her mum and dad did. One of the reasons becoming a divorce lawyer appealed to me is because I had the best…


Top tips on how to protect a farm in a divorce

As a family law solicitor working in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire I have been advising farmers and their families for many years, so I have a good understanding of the particular difficulties presented by divorce cases where a family farm is involved. And let me tell you, these cases can be…


Divorce tips for mums

The divorce experience is often painful for all involved. Emotions can run high and for women, especially mothers, it’s often hard to set emotions aside and approach things in a pragmatic and dispassionate way. We’re often told by our female clients that their partners lack an emotional response, which makes…


Preparing to tell your husband or wife that you want a divorce

Divorce - telling your spouse

The decision to leave a marriage is not an easy one. How to explain your position to your husband or wife is often more harrowing than coming to the realisation that your marriage is over. For the party “leaving” the marriage, here are some suggestions for preparing to tell your…


How to maintain a relationship with your ex

Too few divorcing parents consider how they will continue their relationship with each other after a divorce. Now I know this sounds a bit odd. Surely they are divorcing because they don’t want a relationship? True, but the reality is that if they have children, they will most likely have…


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