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Parenting in an epidemic – guidance for separated parents

As a firm we’ve been in-undated with calls and emails from separated parents begging for clarity around whether their children should be seeing both parents at the moment. The headlines are confusing, social media is scary and juggling work and home schooling is a huge ask for parents.  Add to…

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10 Top Tips for Those Working from Home

Here at Woolley & Co, we are fortunate enough to be able to work from home all the time, personally I have doing so for some 13 years now. So, whilst I am not forced to do so because of the current pandemic, it is still challenging and so I…

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Practical realities of divorce or separation

When relationships end, whatever the circumstances, it is usually a time of mixed emotions. Even those couples who agree to end their marriage and feel amicable about it, go on to experience the uncertainty (and often anxiety) brought about by the necessary changes to their living and financial arrangements. Solutions…

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What’s all this fuss about changes in divorce law and no-fault divorce?

Since the beginning of 2020 there’s been a lot of media coverage about divorce. From various news outlets commenting on and claiming ‘divorce day’ has arrived, to headlines about the introduction of no-fault divorce. The latter has resulted in several calls from individuals either thinking of divorce, or part way…

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Is the divorce rate really dropping?

New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) last week revealed a surprise 10 per cent drop in the divorce rate in England and Wales. I say surprise, because it was a surprise to us as we have seen no significant drop off in cases in the last year….

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An A to Z of family law

Part of the challenge we face as family lawyers is demystifying the process and dealing with the jargon that besets the legal profession and court process. A recent discussion in the office resulted in a challenge to come up with a dictionary of family law terms, essentially an A-Z of…

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What makes a prenuptial agreement legally binding?

If you are thinking of obtaining a prenuptial agreement there are a few factors you need to consider in order to make the agreement more likely to be upheld in court. This blog sets out the main points you need to consider. The decision to get married is of course…

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Special occasions for separated parents

Special occasions for separated parents

When parents separate one of the main issues of conflict relates to arrangements for the children.  I am often contacted by distressed parents who are unable to reach an agreement with their former partner as to the weekly arrangements for their children and, often disputes flare up around annual events…

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Parenting when shared care = pounds and pence

A parent paying maintenance towards the care of their child will often approach our lawyers for advice when they are being denied a relationship, asking do they have to continue to pay. A recent case illustrates how complicated this area of law is. The case of EA v SSWP and…

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How to tell your teenager you are separating

Telling your teenage child that you plan to divorce or separate is difficult. Their reaction is unpredictable, but you can control how and what you tell them. Some time ago one of our lawyers, Luci Larkin wrote a blog post containing 7 tips for telling your children you plan to…

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How to divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour is by far the most common fact used in divorce. This can be almost anything but if you want your divorce to go smoothly, there are some areas to steer clear of. The current law relating to divorce proceedings dates back to 1973. Some 46 years without amendment….

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A father’s rights to see his child

The issue of a father’s rights to access his children regularly hits the headlines and we certainly hear some very unfortunate tales of fathers who are denied access to see their children when parents’ divorce or separate. Having recently represented two fathers denied contact with their children, and turned things…

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