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Kate Stovold explores the issue of parental alienation and its assessment by the Court. 

  • Relationship breakdown has ramifications not only for the couple but also any children of the family.  Unfortunately, there are times when children can be caught in the middle of the conflict, and when the animosity between parents is especially high, there can be more serious consequences including one parent actively denying the other parent their r...[CONT]
Civil partnership reform sneaks through whilst “no fault divorce” is delayed as the country heads for a general election

Georgina McCluskey comments on recent developments in family law

Good news for mixed-sex couples wanting a civil partnership

In one of its last acts before Parliament was dissolved last week, the House of Lords took the necessary steps to ensure that the Civil Partnerships, Marriage and Death Acts would be implemented this year.

This means that, from New Year’s Eve, mixed-sex couples will be able to enter into civil partnerships.&...[CONT]

SPIP – can it help separating parents adopt a more joined up approach?

Kate Stovold reflects on the challenges for separating parents and the benefits of the Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP).

I recently attended the informative and thought provoking evening with Dr Aric Sigman, an American Chartered Psychologist and experienced lecturer on PSHE health education for school pupils, parents and medics; see news post here.

With preve...[CONT]

Family Law Myths: 4 Myths about Children and Family Law

Making arrangements for your children following the breakdown of your relationship can be incredibly stressful.

In the latest of the ‘Family Law Myths’ series, Lucy Gatt considers four commonly held misconceptions regarding the way family law approaches children matters.

Myth 1: All parents have parental responsibility

In practical terms, parental responsibility is the power to make important decisions in relati...[CONT]

Justice Secretary confirms "No Fault Divorce" to be introduced. The end of the blame-game?

Georgina McCluskey comments on today's announcement by David Gauke


The Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has announced today that the widely anticipated “no-fault divorce” is going to be introduced, and soon (subject to finding parliamentary time).

The current position

Currently, in England and Wales, a marriage or civil partnership can only be dissolved on the basis that it has broken down irretrievably. O...[CONT]

The ‘stellar contribution’ argument - Why a billionaire like Jeff Bezos could save a fortune if divorcing in England

Benjamin Stowe considers in the first of a two-part post what happens in divorce proceedings in England to the world’s billionaires and ‘mere’ millionaires.

It seems one of the world’s richest men does indeed have feet of clay. In Washington State in the USA, a statement was issued recently on behalf of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos billionaire owners of Amazon, married 25 years and parents of four children.

 “After a long period of l...[CONT]


Kate Stovold shares some tips on how, if going through a divorce or separation, you can avoid unnecessary conflict and put your children first this Christmas

Making arrangements to take your children on holiday in the midst of a divorce or separation can be difficult.  The pressures are often exacerbated at Christmas when both sides of the family want to spend quality time with the children.  The bartering of time and overnight visits can be fraught with tension ...[CONT]

Privacy. The Secret of a Good Divorce?

In this year’s annual awareness raising campaign – Good Divorce Week – which runs from 26 to 30 November, Benjamin Stowe explores why, if you want to divorce quickly, staying out of court and going “private” may be a better alternative to divorcing in our already overburdened court system

London is known as the ‘Divorce Capital of the World” and family lawyers practising in Central London attract a significant proportion of wealthy ...[CONT]

DIVORCE: Putting the children first

Kate Stovold gives some guidance as to how best to support children during the family breakdown


Headlines this week include news of the split of Cheryl and Liam Payne.  In their respective press releases, which appear to be agreed in content, Cheryl and Liam confirmed that “we still have so much love for each other as a family. Bear is our world and we ask that you respect his privacy as we navigate our way through this together."


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