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Divorce law blog

A long time coming: Japan ratifies the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention


26/02/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
Japan has endured sustained criticism for its hesitance in signing up to the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention. But they have now ratified the Convention, making them the final member of the G8 to do so.

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In Denial? Differing perceptions of the effect of divorce on children.


22/01/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
The latest netmums.com report paints a pretty bleak picture of the hidden damage that divorce has on children. The statistics show that parents going through divorce are not as aware of the impact on their children as they first thought.

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Keep it out of court: mediation in a nutshell


27/11/2013   By:
Mediation is a process that helps couples resolve their issues after they have decided to separate. It is not about the relationship or how to put the relationship back together. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of mediation?

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We're all going on a summer holiday


03/07/2013   By:
At this time of year families everywhere are starting to think about going away on their summer holidays. For separated parents this isn’t always straightforward and we often receive enquiries from parents who disagree over taking their children abroad.

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Hints & tips for sorting the summer school holiday arrangements for children


30/04/2013   By: Caitlin Jenkins
Agreeing arrangements for children over the long summer holidays can be difficult for separated families. Here are a few tips to think about when trying to agree those arrangements.

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How should you share your children’s care after you separate?


02/04/2013   By: Anna Heenan
There are lots of myths about how you and your partner should share the care of your children after you separate. For example, a lot of people wrongly assume that courts are biased towards mothers. More recently, there have been suggestions, again wrong, that the Government is going to change the law so that children split their time equally between their parents. So how do you deal with care of your children after you separate?

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The rights of the cohabitant: the unsettling reality


15/02/2013   By: Andrew Moore
What the vast majority of cohabitants will not be aware of is the huge difference between the financial rights they have when their relationship breaks down as compared to married couples. Those cohabitants who cling to the idea that they are in a “common law marriage” and will be “ok”, need to know that common law marriages have not existed since 1753 and the laws that apply to them on separation can be very unfair indeed.

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The impact of divorce on your children – the long term effects


23/11/2012   By: Andrew Moore
If you are a parent considering or going through a separation or divorce you are almost certainly going to be concerned about how your children will be affected and what you and your partner can do to reduce the impact on them.

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I’m a celebrity get me out of this marriage


22/11/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
Celebrities are twice as likely as other people to get divorced. This is according to research just published by the High Court Judge Mr Justice Coleridge’s Marriage Foundation. The report entitled Hello? Goodbye! Marriage and divorce among celebrities looked at 572 well-known couples who had married since 2000 and found that the divorce rate in this group after 10 years of marriage was 40 per cent compared to 20 per cent in the rest of the population. But are celebrity divorces really so different from everyone else’s?

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Why Christmas contact arrangements must come early


16/11/2012   By: Andrew Moore
As sure as Christmas means turkey, tinsel and last-minute present buying, for family lawyers the festive period also includes numerous phone calls from clients who need (often at the eleventh hour) help to agree contact arrangements for their children with their ex. Whether arrangements cannot be agreed or one parent is threatening not to honour an agreement that's already been reached or imposed by the court, the clients I speak to are stressed, frustrated and, at times, angry. This is far from the best start to what is supposed to be the season of goodwill. To avoid this situation, here are a few golden rules to help you ensure that your children can spend quality time with both their parents at Christmas.

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