Divorce and its Effects on Children

August 17, 2009 2 comments

Dirk Lindner’s edgy portrait of Jean-Christophe Novelli and Novelli’s daughter Christina caught my eye as I was scanning The Sunday Times Magazine yesterday. I began to read the interview and I was soon hooked. It was a cracking piece, featuring the well-known chef and his 22-year-old daughter, an aspiring singer-songwriter. Novelli married young, had little…

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Divorce and Grandparents’ Rights

August 14, 2009 2 comments

The Mature Times asked me to write about divorce and grandparents’ rights. My article also offers advice to grandparents who are caught up in such a situation and are concerned that they may lose contact with their grandchildren. On family breakdown the bulk of attention will, of course, focus upon the couple and their children….

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Why I am horrified by the Centre for Social Justice’s proposals

July 16, 2009 11 comments

Every Family Matters, a report prepared for the Conservative Party by Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘Centre for Social Justice’ think tank, received a good deal of press attention at the weekend. The report recommends a compulsory, three-month “cooling off” period for couples who were set upon divorce. It proposes the founding of “family relationship hubs”: a…

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Parents: Keep Doing Your Best!

May 19, 2009 1 comment

Many of my clients place their children’s needs before their own. But I have seen many people who, when they are divorcing, struggle to get past their own needs

When only the High Court will do

May 14, 2009 0 comments

Hindsight is a wonderful thing My last post concerned a court case which turned into a disaster. My colleagues in our Children’s Department have told me that in these complex cases, the court system, especially in the lower courts, isn’t always equipped to cope, not least as there may be long delays in finding court…

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When being too motherly can land you in jail

May 11, 2009 14 comments

Children are far stronger than we give them credit for Yesterday, I read an article in the Sunday Times that ruined my otherwise very pleasant day. The piece by Daniel Foggo concerned a mother who is being imprisoned because of her “over indulgent” behaviour towards her three children following the breakdown of her marriage. The…

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Mesher Orders and Martin Orders: What You Need To Know

March 13, 2009 154 comments

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In this popular post, we look at Mesher orders and Martin orders. A Mesher order is a court order that postpones the sale of the marital home and gives a chargeback to a husband exercisable on the occurrence of specified events. Parents with care usually wish to remain in the marital home – but it isn’t always a good idea to postpone a sale.