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Do you need a solicitor to get your divorce?

No, but that’s over-simplifying it.  You can do it online – BUT you could be making a big mistake. If you enter ‘DIY divorce’ in the search engine you’ll see all kinds of offers.  But such offers can be misleading.  For example, a company that is offering a divorce for £37.  This isn’t even possible […]

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Collaboration creates a win-win outcome

When a relationship breaks down, but the couple want to work together to resolve matters with the least amount of emotional distress, working with collaborative lawyers is a way to achieve an outcome that works for everyone. Collaborative law is not about winning or losing, but achieving a fair deal for the whole family.  It […]

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Keep the communication going

When a relationship breaks down there may be a temptation to say “That’s it!  I don’t want to speak to you again.”  Talking to your former partner might be just too painful – it’s just turning the knife in the wound, but in the long-term keeping the lines of communication open can reap massive benefits, […]

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‘All I want for Christmas is Mum and Dad’

When parents are separated or divorced Christmas can be a minefield.  Of course, the children want Mum and Dad together, even if, on another level, they know that both parents were unhappy before the split. A time when everything should be happy and joyful can turn into misery and dispute without a sensible plan.  If […]

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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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