Christmas, children and co-parenting – top tips for surviving the festive season

The run-up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of year in a family lawyer’s calendar. Christmas often becomes a focal point for clients wanting to have their divorce and financial settlement done and dusted or a house purchase completed. One of the most contentious issues can be arrangements for children over the festive... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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