Latest Posts

Five things to think about before you end your marriage

June 5, 2018 1 comment

Lady on a chair looking out of the window

Nobody starts a marriage or relationship thinking about divorce or separation. However, any relationship can encounter problems. Some couples work it out, some get stuck and others separate. There is no right or wrong.  Divorce is a personal decision and only you can decide what’s right for you and your family. But before you decide,…

Continue reading…

ONS examines data on partner abuse in the UK

By:

June 4, 2018 9 comments

Women staring into the camera

The Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) has, I think for the first time, published an article examining data on ‘partner abuse’ in the UK from the last three years, to help develop insight into which women are most at risk of experiencing abuse by a partner or former partner. Before I look at the article,…

Continue reading…

Transparency, domestic abuse and more

By:

June 1, 2018 0 comments

A week in family law Last week I mentioned here the first forced marriage prosecution in this country. It didn’t take long to wait for the second. A couple from Leeds have been convicted of attempting to force their daughter into marriage, after tricking her into travelling to Bangladesh in order to marry her cousin….

Continue reading…

The damaging effect of parental alienation

By:

May 31, 2018 10 comments

Family in a field

It’s been likened to a ‘nuclear weapon’ that can be employed by a parent who is prepared to go to any lengths to prevent the other parent from having contact* with their child(ren). ‘Parental alienation’ is one of the biggest topics in the debate over child contact, regularly raised as an issue in proceedings concerning…

Continue reading…

Can family law be used to make families more stable?

By:

May 31, 2018 1 comment

Two children looking out of the window

John Bolch shares his thoughts on the article ‘Broken homes, broken children’ by Harry Benson at the Marriage Foundation. “Family breakdown has been normalised and the kids just have to get along with it.” wrote Harry Benson, Research Director at the Marriage Foundation, in an article entitled ‘Broken homes, broken children.’ The article begins by…

Continue reading…