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Do grandparents have rights?

Penny Manock
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These days grandparents often play a huge role in their grandchildren’s lives, frequently providing child care. Sadly, when parents break up, many grandparents worry that contact with their grandchildren could be affected. If you have found...

Long awaited reforms could signal 'no fault' divorce

Emma Sheard
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Last week the government signalled the long-awaited reform of divorce laws by potentially removing the element of ‘fault’. The Justice Secretary confirmed his intention that couples wanting to divorce should benefit from a less...

How to get a divorce

Clive Masters
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Divorce and separation are sadly dominating much of the media this month – the spike in divorce proceedings in January is often the result of additional pressures faced by couples over the Christmas and New Year period. You can get a divorce in...

Why the New Year can be a testing time for relationships

Penny Manock
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It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the period over Christmas and the New Year. The strain on families over the Christmas and New Year period can often lead to relationship breakdowns. Sadly, statistics...

Should you re-register your child's birth if you marry?

Clive Masters
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Family law specialist Clive Masters sets the record straight.             The question of whether to re-register a child’s birth if the natural parents subsequently marry can be confusing....

Is Your Relationship Facing a Back to School Crisis?

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While many parents will greet their children’s return to school with a sigh of relief, for some the end of the summer holidays could also mark the start of a divorce. Alongside Christmas and the New Year, the long summer holidays can represent a...

Wife in court battle to separate from her husband

Clive Masters
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A recent court of appeal decision reported in the media earlier this week has caused quite a stir. A wife, who petitioned for divorce on the grounds that her marriage had irretrievably broken down because of  her husband’s behaviour, has been...

Busting Myths about Relationship Breakdowns

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As a family lawyer and mediator I come across many pre-conceived ideas and misunderstandings about rights following a relationship breakdown. A few  of the most common : My ex can make me sell our home straight away This is not...

How do I get from "I do" to "I don't"?

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  These days, once you’ve met the man/ woman of your dreams, saying “I do” is a remarkably simple process. If the relationship breaks down, for many couples, the prospect of saying “I don’t” is a very daunting...

Why the New Year Can Be Tough on Relationships

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It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the period over Christmas and the New Year. The strain on families over the Christmas and New Year period can often lead to relationship breakdowns. Sadly, statistics...

Child Inclusive Mediation - A Mediators Perspective

Alexis Walker
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Over the past twenty or so years of my practice as a family mediator, children have frequently been brought into the mediation room. Most family mediators involve children on a regular basis in one form or another. Actually bringing children into the...

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