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 →

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 →

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 →

Alright, still?

Lily Allen hit the headlines recently after phoning in to LBC Radio in London, stating that she thought "an introduction to divorce" and other topics such as taxes should form part of the school curriculum. Lily's spontaneous call to LBC host Shelagh Fogarty followed an on-air discussion about comments that Lily had made about education... Continue Reading →

Land’s End to John O’Groats

Following a separation, people’s lives can often move in very different directions and this can or will often have huge implications for their children. This is especially so if a new partner or new job means that one parent is looking at moving further afield, perhaps to a different part of the UK or abroad.... Continue Reading →

Resolution National Committee elections

Alongside the day job, I am actively involved in Resolution, the membership organisation for family lawyers. I have been a Resolution member since my student days and joined the Bristol Young Resolution committee as a family trainee. I became chair a couple of years ago and was involved in setting up a national YRes working... Continue Reading →

Non-biological mother successful in landmark Supreme Court international child custody appeal

In the first international child abduction case involving same-sex parents, the Supreme Court has decided that the English court still has jurisdiction to make decisions about the welfare of a child (B) who was taken to live in Pakistan by her biological mother. The decision in Re B (A Child) (Habitual Residence: Inherent Jurisdiction) [2016]... Continue Reading →

Relocating within the UK and beyond: Court of Appeal case sets precedent for the future

The Court of Appeal has clarified the approach to be taken in England and Wales in cases involving the relocation of a child. The Re C (Internal Relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305 case has set a precedent, which will influence all relocation cases moving forward. The facts The father was appealing against a decision by... Continue Reading →

Warning for UK nationals relocating abroad with children

As more and more of us are working abroad, travelling and making connections across different continents, the international family is rapidly becoming part of the modern landscape. On separation, many people think about moving abroad, whether to return to the country where they grew up, for a fresh start or to live with a new... Continue Reading →

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