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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 […]

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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 […]

Choosing your Child’s School

Parents have always had the unenviable task of completing school admission applications for the following academic year. Gone are the days when children would simply move on from primary school to their catchment secondary school. Instead, parents are now required to carefully consider what suits their child best and set out their choice of schools […]

All packed and ready to go?

Valid passports – check; Tickets printed – check; Travellers’ cheques ordered – check; Sun cream – check. Some of the holiday essentials when planning the well earned break over the Easter holidays. However separated couples can face an added dilemma of having to agree the holiday arrangements with a former partner. Parents often have to […]