Norman takes the Yorkshire Three Peaks fundraising challenge to new heights

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Congratulations to our family law specialist, Norman Taylor, who beat the 12-hour target in the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – raising more than £1,500 to date for children’s charity, PhysCap.

Norman and a six-strong group, which included his wife Monique and their daughter Ella, conquered the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in just under 11 hours and 50 minutes. Continue reading

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Legal 500 re-enforces our expertise as ‘One of the top niche practices’

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Jones Myers once again leads the way in the latest Legal 500 rankings – retaining our joint top position for Leeds, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire family law firms for another year.

The latest guide recommends us for our specialisations ‘in financial remedies and children work, with a particular focus on proceedings involving overseas assets’ – describing our firm as ‘One of the top niche practices’ and acknowledging practice head, Richard Peaker, as ‘a leading light’. Continue reading

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Five factors that facilitate a good marriage AND a “good” divorce

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A good marriage and a “‘good” divorce might sound like extreme opposites – however both can hinge on critical common factors which can pave the way for a civilised split.

Here are five areas that coincide in a good marriage and a “good” divorce.

1 Put your children first

The needs and sensitivities of children should be at the heart of a good marriage and the focus of a break up. Avoid arguing or criticising each other in front of them and reassure them that they are loved by both parents. Most importantly, if you are separating, reassure your children over and over again that it is not their fault. Continue reading

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Why ‘meal ticket divorces’ are not palatable in every case

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A maintenance appeal hearing when an ex-wife was told to get a job is being seen as the signal for family courts to favour maintenance for a limited period and clamp down on ‘meal ticket divorces’.

Legal commentators have described the decision against awarding indefinite maintenance payments to Tracey Wright as a ‘game-changer’ for high value divorces – with the judge remarking that divorcees with children over the age of seven should expect to work for a living. Continue reading

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Norman gets into ‘Peak fitness’ for challenging charity fundraiser

FINAL MONTAGEOur family law specialist, Norman Taylor, is repeating his Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on September 10th – this time to raise funds for Yorkshire based children’s charity, PhysCap which improves the quality of life for children suffering from severe physical and mental disabilities. Continue reading

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Our family law expert gives BBC radio listeners valuable advice on key divorce issues

Blog montageLegal Aid, doomerang divorcees and why the summer holidays are a time of heightened pressure for relationships were among the issues raised when Norman Taylor appeared on BBC Radio Leeds ‘Legal Monday’ programme.

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Six ways to stop ‘breadwinner envy’ spiralling into divorce

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By Peter Jones, founder

The number of British fathers electing to stay-at-home more than doubled between 1993 and 2014, as women increasingly went out to work. Other reasons for husbands not being the main breadwinner include better career opportunities for their partners, job loss – and the age gap between couples.

Now a Harvard University study claims that marriages where the wife earns more money have a higher risk of ending in divorce. Continue reading

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Three reasons why the new children’s arbitration scheme is better than going to court

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By Kate Banerjee, Head of the Children Department at  Jones Myers

The announcement that the Institute of Family Law  Arbitrators (IFLA) has launched a Family Law Arbitration  Children Scheme is another positive step forward in  settling family disputes out of court. Continue reading

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Breaking up this summer? – how do you tell your children?

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For many relationships under strain, the summer holidays are one of the key calendar events when spouses and partners realise it’s ‘make or break’ time.

Being forced to spend more time together than usual can further exacerbate existing tensions which often leave warring couples with the decision either to talk things through and make a go of it – or go their separate ways.

If it is the latter, how do you explain this to your children?   Continue reading

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Jones Myers’ latest appointment further boosts childcare law expertise

Wealth of expertise: new children’s law specialist.

Jones Myers has further strengthened its growing children department with the appointment of experienced solicitor, Jane Bolton.

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