Why pre-nups don’t always strike the right chord

By Norman Taylor, consultant The story of Kimberley Walsh taking advice to draw up a pre-nup shortly before her recent Barbados wedding to Justin Scott has been ringing from the media rafters – catapulting the topic back into the spotlight.

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Rags to riches – delayed divorce payout ruling is cautionary tale

By Peter Jones, founder and partner Could a landmark Supreme Court ruling allowing a woman to make a claim for financial support from her ex husband 20 years after their divorce open the floodgates for similar claims?

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Contact centre closures leave parents and children out in the cold

More than 40 contact centres that are lifelines for separating parents and their children have closed since legal aid was axed for most family matters. A report from the National Association for Child Contact Centres (NACCC) shows that last year … Continue reading

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Relationship breakdowns are bad for business – how employers can help their people

by Norman Taylor, collaborative family lawyer I was saddened but not surprised to read how one in seven employees revealed that relationship breakdowns have set productivity plummeting in their workplaces. The findings of a Resolution survey which interviewed 4,000 adults … Continue reading

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£1.4m pledge to advise couples without legal support ‘papers over cracks’

The confusion in our family courts shows no sign of abating with the news that Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has pledged to invest £1.4m in advice centres for people representing themselves. The announcement comes as the government’s own figures … Continue reading

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Five ways to fund your divorce

With the average cost of new school uniforms around £240 – and a further £50 a week needed for school lunches, travel and activities – September and the months ahead can be particularly stressful for separating parents who are already … Continue reading

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Mediation taskforce proposals akin to ‘putting sticking plaster over a broken leg’

The proposals from the Ministry of Justice to boost the use of publicly funded mediation services are well intentioned, but will ultimately be as ineffective “as sticking a plaster on a broken leg” – because they fail to acknowledge the … Continue reading

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The haves and have nots as legal aid cuts create two tier family court system

This week a survey conducted by the Independent newspaper and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has confirmed that our family courts have become a two-tier system – for those who can afford legal advice and those who cannot. Figures reveal … Continue reading

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Will single parents and children be the losers under new child maintenance reforms?

By Peter Jones, Founder and Partner The government’s latest plan for parents to agree amicably to their child maintenance agreements or face a fee fills me with despair. Under proposed new rules parents unable to reach a mutual agreement on … Continue reading

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Changes to the family courts – will they boost mediation rates?

By Fiona Kendall On April 22, the family justice system had a major reboot to make it more streamlined and efficient. Many of the changes are concerned with how the courts that make up the system are re-organised and re-designated.

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