Child maintenance – change afoot?

A consultation has been launched by the Department for Work & Pensions for views on how the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) works to ensure that the correct payments are being made by parents. The law provides that the parent that doesn’t live with a child (all or the majority of the time) must pay child... Continue Reading →

Separation, co-parenting and communication – tips and ground rules

Children's needs change as they grow older, as will their relationship with each parent, their wider family and friends.  This can be challenging enough parenting in a relationship, let alone learning to co-parent when separated. Like it or not, you and your ex will be in each other's lives to some extent, until your child... Continue Reading →

Not so happy new year? Tips for facing a separation in 2018

Ending a long term relationship or marriage is one of the most stressful things that you will go through in life.  Holidays, time at home, family and Christmas pressure can cause the cracks in a relationship to show, or one or both of you may decide that a new year is the time to move... Continue Reading →

Expats: ten things to consider when separating abroad

Moving abroad is a huge decision which can often challenge even the most stable of relationships.   Life in a new country can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Establishing a new social network can be challenging. If things don't work out, facing a separation whilst away from everything that is familiar to you can... Continue Reading →

Meeting the changing needs of families of the future

In October, together with two YRes colleagues, I made the keynote speech at Resolution's annual Dispute Resolution conference.  The article below summarises the key points of our speech, based around the changing needs of families of the future and how family lawyers can best support them. The family law landscape is in near-total flux. The... Continue Reading →

Deceit or desperation? Covert recordings and the family court

The use of covert recordings in family proceedings has recently been highlighted after the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, warned that this has become a topic of "growing significance". It seems that desperate parties are going to increasingly greater lengths to produce evidence that could sway a case in their favour, where... Continue Reading →

Looking after number one: emotional wellbeing after separation

A separation can be one of the most stressful, distressing and disorienting experiences in life. There are new things to think about, different decisions to make, and steps that have to be taken alone, which can be daunting after years of sharing that burden with someone else. Separation is one of those traumatic events that... Continue Reading →

Resolution Accredited Specialist qualification

I am delighted to have qualified as a Resolution Accredited Specialist in family law, with particular expertise in Complex Financial Remedies and Children Law. This means that I am considered to be one of the leading experts in the field of family law, in particular in relation to finance and children matters, having been through... Continue Reading →

2017… new year, new start?

3 January 2017. The first working day of the new year. Supposedly, one of the “highlights” of every family lawyer’s calendar, when we allegedly see a year-on-year unprecedented increase in new enquiries about divorce and separation. Every year, we will read in the press of one or two law firms anticipating a huge rise in... Continue Reading →

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