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Preparing to separate

Nobody goes into a relationship with plans for a future separation, so when things go wrong, few couples are prepared.  The end of a relationship, no matter how amicable, is fraught with emotions, whether it’s sadness, grief or, where there’s been friction, anger or fear. That can make it difficult to discuss what happens next.  […]

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5 tips to take the pressure off

Life in the 21st century may be full of labour-saving devices, but the demands on our time seem ever increasing with most of us trying to cram 36 hours of living into the 24 available!  It’s no wonder that some relationships suffer from so much stress that they end up in separation. Many of our […]

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No fault divorce

The case of Tini Owens and her husband, Hugh, hit the headlines recently after the appeal courts refused to allow Mrs Owens a divorce based on his alleged behaviour. The case surprised both the legal fraternity and the general public.  Generally, divorce petitions are not defended as, by the time a marriage has broken down, […]

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Civil partnership or Marriage?

In the recent high profile court case a judge unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan who wanted legal recognition of their relationship without the trappings of marriage.  While this judgment still has to be enshrined in law (i.e. it’s still not a legal entity for heterosexual couples) it’s a good time to […]

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Who is taking the kids on holiday?

If you’re separated or divorced eventually there will be the issue of holidays to tackle.  It doesn’t matter which parent wants to take the kids away for a break, you can’t just go. Parents are often surprised to discover that, in most cases, they have to get consent from the other parent to take the […]

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Who ‘gets’ the kids?

When a partnership breaks down and there are children involved, everything can get complicated. When both partners want the children to live with them it can be an emotional minefield.  Just because you don’t want to be together any longer doesn’t mean that you don’t love your kids.  Even with shared care, life is going […]

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Love the second time around

After financial matters were resolved and Decree Absolute was pronounced, Jamie said, with feeling “That’s it, I’m never going to trust a woman again.” I had to smile to myself, I’d heard this before and it’s quite natural after a hard-fought case.  So, when around ten months later he booked another appointment with me, I […]

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“He says I won’t see my kids”

I could see Tracy was nervous when she sat down in my office.  It was our first meeting as she had booked an initial fixed fee consultation and she was clearly worried. “Tell me about your situation,” I invited her – and the floodgates opened. She was in a relationship that clearly wasn’t working to […]

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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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