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Why a DIY divorce can be expensive

When you’re separating the bills double to support two households so it can be very tempting to do a DIY divorce.  But before you decide to tackle the process yourself, make sure you know about the pitfalls. A ‘cheap’ divorce Look online and there are lots of websites offering quick and easy divorces for well […]

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A win-win outcome

When a relationship breaks down the parting of the ways is often painful and difficult.  That’s where mediation comes into its own. With Family Mediation Week taking place from 22-26th January, it’s a good point to explore the role of mediation in smoothing the path to the end of a relationship. Mediation won’t be appropriate […]

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Two into one doesn’t go!

When there are special occasions, parents who are separated can feel the pinch.  Christmas is probably the most emotionally charged and, regardless of what was agreed at the time of a divorce or separation agreement, it’s natural that parents want to spend the festive celebration with their kids. If this can be achieved in an […]

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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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