Marriage certificates: unfit for purpose in the 21st century?

Marriage certificates in England and Wales are no longer fit for purpose, according to campaigners who are seeking a change in the law to overhaul documents that have not been updated since the Victorian era. The marriage certificate in its current form provides space for the names of the fathers of the bride and groom... Continue Reading →

YRes & the future of family law – the drivers of change

On 21 September 2017, I chaired the inaugural National YRes Conference, for junior family law practitioners under 10 years qualified, and delivered the opening speech. Below is a copy of the message I gave to our delegates: Welcome everyone to the inaugural National YRes conference. We are delighted to have a full house today and... 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 →

Winners, windfalls and wealth protection

The importance of legal advice and wealth protection following a lottery win or large windfall. The Independent recently featured an article about Britain's youngest Euromillions winner and the detrimental impact that winning the lottery had on her life. Jane Park was 17 when she won £1m on Euromillions. She is now 21 and is planning... Continue Reading →

I do… do I? Divorce, Millennials and the starter marriage

Generation Y: life in a disposable society, long-term relationships and the “starter marriage”. For Generation Y, sometimes “til we drift apart” seems to be more applicable than “til death us do part” when it comes to commitment.  We now live in a disposable society where we are sold products and lifestyle choices that change on... Continue Reading →

Divorce: how “unreasonable” must your ex be?

The calls for no fault divorce have grown louder this week after an Oxford judge has failed to allow a divorce to proceed. Tini Owens petitioned for divorce on the basis of her husband's unreasonable behaviour. The parties married in 1978 and have been separated two years.  Mrs Owens moved out of the family home before... 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 →

Divorcing with dignity in the digital age

The rapid growth of social media over the past decade has changed the way we communicate with each other, the information that we share and who we share it with. Social media is now an ordinary part of many people’s everyday lives and one inevitable result of this is the impact that it can have... Continue Reading →

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