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Should you go to mediation to resolve your dispute?

As a committed member of resolution my colleagues and I strive to adopt a conciliatory approach where possible and ensure our cases are dealt with as painlessly as possible. We work hard to help our clients leave the marriage with their dignity intact and feeling that they have retained control of the process and developed […]

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Should you go to mediation to resolve your dispute?

Figures obtained by National Family Mediation (“NFM”) this month following a Freedom of Information request appear to show that in 2016 over 60 % of couples ignored the requirement to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before commencing court proceedings. Questions have been asked about whether solicitors are encouraging clients to exempt themselves […]

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A letter to a young person: What’s in the best interests of a child’s welfare?

Whenever a Court has to determine the arrangements for a child, the child’s welfare is the Court’s paramount consideration. In assessing what is in the best interests of a child’s welfare, the Court must have regard to a list of factors set out in Schedule 1(3) of The Children Act 1989.  These are as follows: […]

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THE UNREASONABLENESS OF OWENS v OWENS AND THE NEED FOR REFORM

As it currently stands, there is only one ground on which a Petition for divorce may be presented to the Court by either party to the marriage and that is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. But what does that mean? To evidence the ‘irretrievable breakdown’, the person seeking the divorce can rely on […]

Parental Responsibility

What Is It? Parental Responsibility is defined in Section 3(1) of the Children Act 1989 as all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent has in relation to their child and their property.  A person with parental responsibility is entitled to make decisions with reference to a child’s welfare and in particular, […]

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Are you contemplating a Divorce?

Family Partner Juliet Mayhew has put together 10 key points to offer guidance to anyone thinking about divorce. Ask yourself if this is really what you want It may sound obvious, but do you really want to get divorced or is there a chance that you could reconcile your relationship?  Is the rift between you […]

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What happens if allegations of alcohol or substance abuse are made in children proceedings?

Press reports late last year suggested that following their acrimonious separation, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reached agreement as to the arrangements for their children and that Brad Pitt was prepared to undergo regular random drug and alcohol tests after reportedly, a lifetime of substance abuse. It is not uncommon for allegations of drug or […]

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Legal words of comfort for men coping after divorce

Much has been written in the press recently about how men cope after divorce. According to a recent survey conducted by Yorkshire Building Society, men were shown to suffer more emotional trauma than women following the end of their marriage. In addition 41% of men described themselves as still sad about the failure of their […]

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What’s in a name?

You may well have heard a member of Resolution commenting on an issue of family law in the popular media. This comes as no great surprise as Resolution are regularly invited to comment in the press, on the radio and television as well as maintaining a significant presence in the social media but who or […]

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Do the Contributions of a ‘Genius’ Impact on a Divorce Settlement?

When dividing assets on divorce particularly in ‘big money’ cases, the starting point is one of equality, i.e. a 50:50 division of all assets, including properties and pensions. Other factors must then be considered to include the length of the marriage, the ages of the parties, the respective contributions to the marriage, the marital standard […]

Does Your Child Have A Right To A Relationship With You?

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New Beginnings

Family Law Partners, Emma Wilders-Pratt and Juliet Mayhew recently held a fabulous New Beginnings Workshop for those who are contemplating separation. The Workshop was designed to help those who attended tap in to their innate self confidence and strength, improve their self esteem and self belief, offer coping strategies, provide help to support their children […]

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Divorcing at Halloween. Trick or Treat?

First Witch: “What are you doing?” Second Witch: “I am making a special Halloween potion that requires the eye of a werewolf, the gizzard of a ghoul, the liver of a vampire, the horn of a unicorn and the heart of a lawyer. So far, I have everything I need except the lawyer’s heart. First […]

“Foam Fest Fun Helps The Team Raise Over £1000 For Charity”

Last month, members of the Family Team took part in the Naomi House & Jacksplace Foam Fest, held at Beaulieu Motor Museum, raising over £1000 for the charity. The Team tackled the inflatable assault course, dressed in neon colours and tutus, as part of the Firm’s mission to undertake 150 good deeds in Trethowans’ 150th […]

“Fighting for all the right reasons”

A recent study carried out by charity Relate indicates that almost one in five couples in the UK, both married and non-married argue regularly. That equates to nearly 20% of all relationships being in conflict. Drilling further into the evidence which is based on a survey of 20,980 people in relationships, Relate has found that: […]

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“For as long as you both shall live …” But get your ducks in a row first.

Getting married?  So you have chosen your venue, booked a caterer, decided on a colour scheme, contemplated killing the mother-in-law or mother or both…….  But have you considered a Pre-Nup? A Pre-Nuptial Agreement is a written contract created by two individuals before they are married.  It typically lists all of the property each person owns, […]

Change In Court Fees

Following a debate in the House of Lords, and with only minimal notice to practitioners and Court staff on Thursday 17 March 2016, and even less opportunity to advise clients, it was announced that the court fee for issuing a Divorce Petition would rise from £410 to £550. Only a few days later on Monday […]