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Do you need a cohabitation agreement?

  When you move in together the last thing on your mind will be future problems.  However, the nature of any relationship is that there are compromises and there are all kinds of reasons why a cohabitation agreement makes good sense. A cohabitation agreement can set out the structure for your relationship in relation to […]

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I work shifts, so how can I make arrangements for contact with my child?

I have been asked this or a similar question many times by clients over the years since I qualified as a solicitor and specialised in family law.  It has always been an issue for those people who work irregular hours or in a shift pattern, such as police, fire fighters or nurses.  With a 24 […]

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What do you do for a living Liz? A positive message…..

I have always found it difficult telling people what I do for a living. People just don’t quite know how to react to the news that I am a divorce lawyer. Perhaps this is the bad press that surrounds lawyers generally, the reputation of being sharks more concerned about fees than helping clients. Wanting to […]

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The importance of getting that financial order when you divorce

All too often I come across people who are divorcing and decide not to obtain that all important financial order to save costs.  Less frequently, it is because they have reached an agreement, and already implemented that agreement so cannot see the point of paying for the court to approve an order.  More commonly, it […]

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What does ‘Brexit’ mean for Family Law?

In the aftermath of the vote whether to remain or leave the EU, and the result literally dividing the UK, one may ask what effect leaving the EU will have on family law. Speaking following the EU referendum result, the Chair of Resolution, the organisation made up of family law professionals committed to resolving family […]

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Family Holidays

Holidays are a special time for most families, whether taken in the UK or abroad.  When couples separate it can cause difficulties where one parent wishes to take the children on holiday and the other does not agree. It is always best to try to agree matters with the other parent either directly or through […]

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Family Mediation – What is it and do I have to go?

In the last few years there has been a whole raft of changes in family law practice and procedure, one of which is that it is now obligatory in almost all cases involving a family dispute, whether it be children or financial matters, to refer the parties for a MIAM (mediation information assessment meeting).  But […]

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I need a divorce, but do I need a solicitor?

It is a common scenario – you have recently separated from your husband or wife, money is tight and the last thing you need is to be stretched further by legal fees.  There are many websites offering you a way of getting a quick and cheap divorce so is it necessary to seek the advice […]

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What to expect from your family law solicitor

When money is tight and you are going through a rough time, it can be easy to think that you can handle matters yourself, but when times are tough, a family solicitor can help. When instructing a solicitor to help you with your family dispute, you can expect the following: 1. Advice which is tailored […]

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It’s all change in family law – a brief overview of the new provisions

At the end of April 2014, a whole raft of changes in family law were introduced.  By simply reading media articles it may be very difficult to understand exactly what those changes are and what it means for you. A New Single Family Court Magistrates (or family proceedings courts) and County Courts have ceased to […]

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