Parental alienation: treading a treacherous path

A Bristol judge has decided to publish his decision in an exceptional case of parental alienation. The Designated Family Judge for the Western Circuit, HHJ Wildblood QC, wanted the public to be aware how badly wrong things can go for a family when one parent chooses to alienate the children from the other parent. What... Continue Reading →

Does the legal definition of a “mother” suit modern society?

Last week saw the High Court decide that a transgender man who gave birth with the help of fertility treatment cannot be legally registered as the father (or parent) of his child. The case has also provided the first legal definition of a mother.   This case highlighted just one of the difficulties faced by... Continue Reading →

Don’t worry, baby

Parenting apart from birth – how to make it work Becoming a new parent is an emotional, physical and practical rollercoaster, an all-consuming challenge like no other you have experienced before.  They say it takes a village to raise a child and I have recently learnt how vital support of family and friends is at... Continue Reading →

Back on the grid

Some of my regular readers will have noticed that things have been rather quiet on my blog over recent months. Not because there hasn't been anything newsworthy happening in the world of family law – far from it (no fault divorce, anyone?).   I've been on maternity leave, enjoying spending time raising my strong-willed daughter and... Continue Reading →

Supreme Court refuses to grant divorce

In arguably one of the highest-profile family law cases for decades, the Supreme Court has today ruled that a wife must remain married after her husband objected to a divorce. Mr and Mrs Owens' case hit the headlines when Mrs Owens appealed the court's decision not to allow her divorce to proceed, when it was... Continue Reading →

Holiday travel with children: beware the unknown international traps

As the current sunny spell is coming to an end, with storms and rain forecast, our thoughts naturally turn to summer holidays – when and where we are next going to get our fix of vitamin D. Increasingly, we are seeking out more interesting destinations, guaranteed sunshine and a trip that offers an unforgettable experience,... Continue Reading →

Wellbeing and the life of a family lawyer

This week is both Mental Health Awareness Week and Learning at Work Week.  To tie in with this, Resolution have been running a campaign to provide tips and guidance for practitioners in relation to personal development in the workplace.  Today's focus is on workplace wellbeing. Below is an article I wrote to coincide with the... Continue Reading →

Civil partnerships: a thing of the past?

This week, the Supreme Court has heard the case of a couple who wish for their relationship to have the same legal status as same-sex civil partners. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan do not wish to be married, and want instead to have a civil partnership, which at present is only available to opposite-sex couples.... Continue Reading →

Legal well-being for women in business

Recently, I spoke at a seminar for female business professionals in Bristol about personal legal well-being.  I am sharing my presentation in the hope that some of the tips and pointers may be of use to my business contacts and their clients, friends, family and professional contacts. Most of us only think of needing legal... Continue Reading →

Spousal maintenance and the so-called “meal ticket for life”

The term 'meal ticket for life' is the controversial expression used by the media to describe open-ended spousal maintenance in divorce cases, which is intended to be paid for the duration of the lives of the payee and recipient. This somewhat distasteful phrase has again been the subject of much interest and public debate, thanks... Continue Reading →

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