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Divorcing after the summer holidays

In the UK, approximately 40% of marriages end in divorce. For years, most people thought that the Christmas period was the time that most of these splits happened, but in fact, it’s after the summer holidays that’s the peak period for separations. At a time which should be happy, full of fun, and 100% family…

How can a family lawyer help with domestic abuse?

The first priority in a domestic violence situation is the safety of the victim and the children. If a partner is in immediate danger of physical harm, then there are several organisations that can help, including the police. While contacting the police should often be the first step, particularly if the victim and their family…

Divorcing later in life

As co-habiting rather than marriage becomes the norm among younger generations, the number of divorces in the over 60s has suddenly started to climb. Couples who married very young in the 1970s have stayed together for longer because, for years, divorce was not only frowned upon but was a difficult and lengthy process too. It’s…

Protecting your pension in divorce proceedings

Protecting your pension in divorce proceedings Divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership is never easy, especially if the former spouses have been together for some time and the finances have meshed together. It can take quite some time to untangle the various strands, including joint accounts, who gets the house, and a fair division…

Significant surge in divorces

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to take its toll, many people are continuing to see a notable impact on their personal lives. Recent studies have found that the pandemic is creating enormous pressure on relationships, with an expected surge in divorces impending. In the first weekend of September, views on the Citizens Advice divorce page were up…

Changes in Family law due to Coronavirus

Can I still start divorce proceedings whilst there is  a “lockdown” or do I need to wait until the restrictions are removed? You can still start divorce proceedings now if you have decided that your marriage has broken down.  All our divorce cases are started using either the post or online services and in the…

Unwrapping the Issues of Divorce at Christmas

Once the tinsel has been removed, the tree taken down and the last of the leftovers eaten, the end of the Christmas period can bring a hard realisation to the troubles that may have been hidden in the rush of preparation. New Year – New Beginnings The stresses of the Christmas period often stem from…

The parent’s guide to forced adoption

Having a child placed in adoption or care, without parental consent, is one of the most painful events that a parent or child can endure.

In the majority of adoptions, the biological parent(s) legally relinquishes parental responsibility of the child. Compulsory adoptions, however, take place despite of the parents’ express wishes. For parents who have had their children taken away without explicit consent, there are a number of issues and concerns which could potentially arise.

A complete legal guide to divorce and separation

How to make your divorce process as painless as possible. A divorce or separation can be an emotional and difficult time for any couple. This guide provides information and advice on the divorce process in order to help you fully understand what to expect and what you need to think about when separating from your…

Child Care Proceedings jargon buster

Recognising that Child Care Proceedings can be very complex we aim to always speak to our clients in jargon-free language wherever possible. Below are some common terms that are used in these circumstances. Children Act 1989 This is the main Act of Parliament which deals with the law relating to applications concerning children, for example,…