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01st December 2020
Good Divorce week is an annual campaign organised by Resolution to promote practical and constructive solutions to divorcing couples. This year’s week focuses on the benefits of getting early legal advice which will provide couples with the understanding and confidence they need to make the best decisions for them and their family. Resolution is a community of more than 6,500 family law professionals who are…
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02nd November 2020
When we think about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society, our minds will naturally go first to the economy and intense financial challenges being faced by individuals, businesses and other organisations. But this is only a part of the story and the situation is actually having a serious effect on personal relationships. Through the pandemic there has been a significant rise in the…
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14th July 2020
If you have recently visited us in Chichester at our Lion House offices, you may have noticed a ‘for sale’ sign outside – it signals a forthcoming change for our firm that we believe will be good news for all our clients. Later this year we will be relocating our litigation departments to the heart of the city from their existing base in Lion House,…
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13th May 2020
WOW! Who else feels like they have been on the fastest roller coaster, steepest log flume and through the most powerful car wash all at once? Welcome to COVID-19 the public health crisis 2020. Life looks, feels and IS very different than it was a mere 7 or is it 8 weeks ago. My office is now my back bedroom equipped with an almost complete…
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24th March 2020
We are living in unprecedented and challenging times. Your children are the most important thing for you to protect; we would urge you to put their welfare and safety at the forefront of your decision making at this difficult time. Official government advice is that children can still move between separated parent’s homes. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others If one household has a vulnerable person please bear this in…
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20th September 2019
Prospective clients looking for a law firm may find the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s Tracker Survey of 2019 interesting reading. The report is based on findings from a YouGov survey of more than 3,500 users of legal services over the last two years and so is a significant sample. The findings, in this time of comparison websites, that ‘shopping around’ is often a bad thing for…
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29th November 2018
This week marks Good Divorce Week 2018, a national campaign designed to raise awareness of how separating parents can minimise the impact of conflict on their children and calling for government to reform the divorce process by remove the element of blame. Backed by Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association, the campaign for no-fault divorce also promotes the work of family law…
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19th October 2018
Last week we were given the delightful news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby. This exciting royal announcement followed soon after the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson’s wonderful display of co-parenting at the recent nuptials of their youngest daughter – it was touching to observe their overwhelming pride and emotion as they stood shoulder-to-shoulder while their daughter Princess…
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20th July 2018
In my view, a recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan is a decision that serves only to confuse the public. At the end of June, the court ruled unanimously that Steinfeld and Keidan had been discriminated against because only same sex couples could enter into a civil partnership. While I am not trying to dissuade anyone from this argument,…
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20th July 2018
For all family lawyers and mediators, on-going refresher training is essential if we are to ensure our knowledge and skills remain relevant and up-to-date. I recently undertook training in consulting with children to boost my family law mediation skills. It is a long established principle first set out in the 1989 Children Act’s welfare checklist that during divorce the feelings and wishes of children should…
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