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Family Law Blog : January 2014

Comment on divorce & family law 

Practical tips for separated dads (and mums)

It is a sad fact that however much two adults are hurt during a separation, invariably the children are hit even harder. As divorce solicitors, we hear a lot of their stories and it is always heart-breaking. It is something very private and personal so it was very brave of 14-year-old Hero Melia to speak so publically about her parents' split as an ambassador for charity Kids in the Middle. She spoke of the difficult times she went through, and...

Five things you need to know about UK divorce

I have to admit that I laughed when I first saw the headline. You may have done the same. “Woman sues solicitors because they did not explain that divorce would end her marriage”. This was the story week about Roman Catholic Jane Mulcahy who was so unhappy with her divorce lawyers that she took them to court. She claimed they had failed to take account of her faith and should have recommended a judicial separation as she believed...

How to get a contact order

There are essentially three main steps for getting a contact order. Hopefully though, you may not need one.A contact order (formerly known as child access) is an order from the court requiring the person with whom the child lives to allow the child to visit or stay with the absent parent. Most people will think of this in terms of custody, though this phrase has not been in use in legal terms for some years. It is effectively allowing...

What do couples regret most when they divorce?

There are many things people may want to celebrate at the end of marriage. A new chapter starting. The end of an unhappy period in their life. The thought of a new relationship with someone who may turn out to be a better “fit”. However, there are probably more things that people regret when they get divorced – and a survey has revealed that the thing people regret more than anything else is the effect the split has...

Why a non-confrontational divorce is best

Helping couples reach a non-confrontational solution to their separation should be right at the top of priorities for a family law specialist when taking on a new client. Our professional code of conduct dictates we should aim to do this and the practices of the “Rottweiler” lawyer have no place in the profession.Sadly, this is not always the case. Some couples are determined to go head to head in a divorce battle and there are still solicitors...

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