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 →

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 →

No fault divorce – family law in need of modernisation?

Almost half of all marriages today will end in divorce. Financial freedom, access to education, advances in technology and moves towards gender equality are all factors which have changed our attitudes towards the longevity of marriage. For many, marriage is no longer a commitment for life and so divorce is becoming more of a commodity... Continue Reading →

Form E frenzy – a storm in a teacup?

It was announced yesterday that the Ministry of Justice is investigating errors in the Form E financial statement available on their website, amongst fears that this may have resulted in incorrect settlements. News coverage has suggested that the section of the Form E which adds up a party’s total assets contained “critical errors” which could... Continue Reading →

New legislation recognises coercive and controlling behaviour as criminal offence

The government has announced this week that the new criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour will come into force in England and Wales on 29 December 2015. The move has been welcomed by support services and lawyers alike. Why the new law? Until recently, there was a gap in the law which meant that... Continue Reading →

UK expats separating abroad: implications for children

Spending time living abroad is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many families, whether to work and enjoy an "expat" lifestyle, or to travel and explore the world and other cultures. Many couples will make the decision to move abroad as a family whilst others may move abroad to live with a new partner. If... Continue Reading →

Pension reforms: are you ready?

Monday 6 April 2015 will see the Government's flagship pensions freedom policy comes into force. This new scheme will provide people with flexibility to choose how they deal with their pension, giving individuals the freedom to decide whether to invest, save or spend their pension. My colleage Mark Sage has put together a handy guide... Continue Reading →

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