MPs acknowledge changes in family law are overdue in Commons Lobby Day campaign

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Our founder, Peter Jones, has called on Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn and Leeds East MP Richard Burgon – the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor – to introduce far-reaching changes to family law.

The call to action was the focus of a Lobby Day campaign, organised by Resolution – a national family law group which promotes non-confrontational solutions in family law of which Peter is a former chair. It took place at the House of Commons and was part of Good Divorce Week. Continue reading

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Our role in nationwide campaign to change family law features on BBC radio


Jones Myers founder, Peter Jones, has highlighted the significance of a far-reaching campaign calling for no fault divorce law and improved rights for cohabiting couples to thousands of listeners on BBC Radio Leeds.

Appearing on ‘Legal Monday’ with popular presenter Richard Stead, Peter outlined the aims of Lobby Day in which he is playing a key role to urge local MPs to change current legislation.

Taking place at the House of Commons on November 30, Lobby Day is part of Good Divorce Week, which promotes a constructive approach to divorce and runs from November 28 to December 2. Continue reading

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Jones Myers founder takes leading role in nationwide campaign to change family law


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Peter Jones – one of the UK’s first qualified arbitrators and a former Deputy District Judge – is playing a key role in a nationwide Lobby Day campaign at the House of Commons on November 30.

Peter is lobbying local MPs in a high-profile awareness drive spearheaded by Resolution, which champions non-confrontational solutions in family law, to campaign for no fault divorce and to improve rights for cohabiting couples.

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Five factors to accelerate your chances of a speedy divorce

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By Norman Taylor, family law specialist

The adage that you should not believe everything you read in the media is nowhere more applicable than in the case of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who was said to have been granted the UK’s fastest ever ‘quickie divorce’ in just 14 seconds.

The court hearing to grant the Decree Nisi – a provisional decree – was the result of months of negotiation. It is also likely that the court had the financial consent order ready to be approved and sealed. This would have been read beforehand by the judge who made the public pronouncement in a matter of seconds.

With increased court pressures and a minimum six week wait before a petitioner can apply for the Decree Absolute that finally ends the marriage, the so-called ‘quickie divorce’ is a myth. Continue reading

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Jones Myers consolidates Tier 1 ranking in Chambers 2017 Guide


We are delighted to have retained our Tier 1 ranking in the Chambers 2017 Guide for Leeds, Bradford and surrounding areas – and have more leading experts in family law listed than any other firm of our kind in Yorkshire.

A year after hailing Jones Myers as ‘A genuinely brilliant firm’ in its 2016 UK Guide, Chambers 2017 describes our practice as ‘particularly famed for its ability to handle complicated children cases’ and one which is ‘Also well versed in wills, probates and trusts.’

Five of our solicitors retain their listings as Leading Individuals – our head of the contentious wills, trust & estates team, Martin Holdsworth, director Richard Peaker, founder Peter Jones, head of the children department Kate Banerjee and collaborative law guru, Norman Taylor.

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Why building bridges – not barriers – paves the way forward in divorce


The news from Russia that a court has ordered a divorcing Moscow couple to divide up their luxury mansion by building a wall right down the middle  is an extreme example of what can go wrong when partners remain at loggerheads and rely on strangers to make their decisions.

While it is hard to imagine things going that far in this country, the case highlights the importance of compromise, cooperation and agreement between ex-partners, rather than all-out war over the division of assets.

As Resolution-accredited lawyers, Jones Myers family specialists always encourage separated and divorcing couples to consider non-confrontational, collaborative routes to a fair settlement. The main alternatives to going to court are often more cost effective and less traumatic and can leave the couple in charge of decision-making.

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What if?… How to prevent long-lasting divorce regrets

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In our vast experience many divorcees bitterly regret splitting from their partner and wish they had taken more time to think things through before making one of the most momentous and traumatic decisions of their lives.

Anger and a desire for revenge are outweighed by common misgivings of sadness and a fear for the future – and there is often a feeling that “Once the train has departed there is nothing that can be done to slow it down or bring it to a halt”.

Many clients who approach us about divorce regret “not seeing it coming” and reveal they have missed signs such as less meaningful conversation, fewer shared interests, less time spent together and more time spent at work along with reduced intimacy and ‘growing apart.’ Continue reading

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How to avoid divorce taking its toll on your health

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Counting the cost of divorce is not just restricted to the financial aspects – and much research is being devoted to the adverse effect that divorce and separation can have on our health.

According to doctors and therapists, marital break-up, also described as ‘Divorce Stress Syndrome’, manifests itself both emotionally and physically – sparking symptoms including stress, insomnia, depression, eczema and muscle pain.

With a recent study highlighting that people who divorce experience a more rapid decline in their health compared to those who remain married, it is critical to make the time to adopt a holistic approach to look after yourself through a difficult and distressful period. Continue reading

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Collaboration, consideration and co-operation – why we’re championing #CFL week


By family law specialist, Norman Taylor – a pioneer of collaborative law

This week is Collaborative Family Law Week, which raises awareness and understanding of how collaborative family law offers a viable and constructive alternative to going through the court system.

Throughout the week, an eye-catching online and social media campaign has seen daily blogs shared widely on five main themes: working together, staying out of court, keeping control, maintaining dignity and future focused.

Below are frequently asked questions from our clients about the collaborative process and its benefits: Continue reading

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As ‘Brangelina’ split continues to dominate the headlines, how to guarantee your privacy

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The media frenzy continues a week after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt with every aspect of their lives – and the lives of their children – continuing to be played out in front of millions of people worldwide.

However, irrespective of whether you are Hollywood’s most “golden” couple, divorcing through the courts comes with no guarantee of privacy – as some of the hearings are open to the public and journalists can attend and report details of the proceedings.  Continue reading

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