Family Law

Why You Should Attend Family Mediation?

Incoming changes to the Family Procedure Rules aim to encourage separating couples genuinely to explore mediation before opting for court proceedings. Mediation is a powerful and effective forum that can help in resolving family issues without the need for court. There are many benefits to Family Mediation, including: Faster resolution Family mediation can be a...

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The highs and lows of blame-free digital divorce

But while the headline process may be easier, couples going through the legal stage of break-up are still experiencing many challenges. Heralded as a new dawn for parting couples, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 aimed to streamline the divorce process when it became law in April 2022. The legislation has made divorce less...

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What Happens When a Parent Breaches a Court Order?

This article aims to shed light on the consequences and legal recourse available when a parent breaches a court order in the context of family law. Understanding Court Orders in Family Law First and foremost, it’s essential to understand what court orders entail in family law cases. Court orders typically outline the responsibilities and obligations...

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Proposed fines for parents refusing mediation

These proposals, which are subject to consultation, apply to couples with children who are married or in a civil partnership, the exception being for domestic abuse cases. Mediation offers an alternative way to reach decisions about the future of your family without needing to go to court which can be costly, time consuming and acrimonious....

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Exploring the benefits of mediation as an alternative to court

Mediation has many advantages over going to court, including being faster, cheaper, and allowing the parties to remain in control and resolve important issues with dignity and respect. This article looks at these benefits and how mediation might work for you and your family. What is family mediation? Family mediation is a process in which...

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Christmas expected to hit couples hard 

Tough economic conditions and spiralling costs are expected to add to the pressure on couples facing the Christmas period.  And with the additional burden of the cost-of-living crisis, there are calls for greater support for couples as the holiday season gets into full swing, by encouraging better understanding of options if separation becomes inevitable. Earlier...

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Vulnerable face time-bomb by not appointing others to act

Figures from the Office of the Public Guardian, the government body responsible for registering lasting powers of attorney, reveal that the number of applications dropped by 25 per cent over the last year. In 2020/21, just 691,746 were made, compared with 917,550 in 2019/20. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document by which...

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What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends?

Separation is never easy, but if you and your former partner own property together, the situation can be even more complicated. If you have been living with a partner, but you are not married, the legal term is ‘cohabitation’. When cohabitees separate, they are not afforded the same protections in law as married couples who...

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Should I take my family dispute to arbitration?

The current Covid-19 situation across the UK is making it difficult for some child arrangements orders to be put into effect, specifically where the child is to spend time with the other parent in another household. The parent with whom the child is ordinarily resident may have concerns about the transmission of the virus and...

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Do I need a Child Arrangements Order?

An unfortunate side effect of relationship breakdown can often be a continued dispute over the child or children of the relationship and with whom they should spend time and when / for how long. Many couples can resolve these differences without reverting to the courts, but sometimes they have to get involved. Also, what if...

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How does Coronavirus affect contact with my children?

In the Farnfields Family Team, we are aware that there is currently lots of conflicting advice about the arrangements for children to spend time with separated parents. We are here to help you and have brought together in this article guidance from CAFCASS and the Family Court. The key points are: Keeping a sense of...

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Singer / songwriter Adele’s separation – prioritising child arrangements

Recently, representatives for singer / songwriter Adele, confirmed that she and her husband, Simon Konecki, have separated after three years of marriage.  Adele and Simon had been together for eight years and media speculation has been rife about their upcoming divorce proceedings. Away from the media coverage, one key part of the announcement is that...

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