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Family Law Blog : October 2013

Comment on divorce & family law 

Don’t forget the children’s contact arrangements over Christmas

You might think it is way too early for me to be talking about a Christmas rush, but bear with me. After all, there are already Christmas cards in my local flower shop and I saw a festive advert on television the other day, so it won’t be long until it really gathers pace.The real Christmas rush that family lawyers can often find themselves wrapped up in has more to do with holiday contact arrangements for children...

Applications to relocate overseas with children after divorce

One of the hardest things to agree on and manage when a family splits up is where the children will live and the contact they will have with the other parent. In last week’s blog, we looked at the apparent rise in shared residence orders but there is also, conversely, a rise in the number of requests for one parent to move a child overseas.When you stop to think about it, this is perhaps not unexpected. With...

More shared residence orders

Talk around custody of children is still something that is commonplace, despite the fact that that term has not been formal in use in legal terms for years. These days, it is about residence and contact and increasingly shared residence. It may be that they are still only resident at their dad’s at weekends and holidays: it should not imply a 50/50 split but allows a framework for true shared parenting. This though can remain elusive unless both parents...

Divorce tips for men

I’ve dealt with divorce for more than 30 years and I can tell you this – women can keep up an argument longer than almost all men. So, think doubly hard before you decide to get into a likely long running dispute over any aspect of your divorce.This is a generalisation and I don’t wish to upset any of the fairer sex, but I have found it to be the case and so my top divorce...

Avoiding mistakes when getting a divorce

When someone is splitting from a long-term partner or getting a divorce, there is so much to think about that it is easy to see how we can fall into making (further) big mistakes. That may seem ironic, I know. If the relationship is ending, maybe getting into it in the first instance was the big mistake! What I am thinking about more in this instance is the “do nots” when it comes to divorce: those things you...

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