Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 5 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation. Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious…

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Fighting to see your grandchildren?

November 19, 2017 2 comments

family life

When someone becomes a grandparent, it’s generally a very happy event and nobody expects to one day find themselves fighting to even see the adorable kids in question. But sadly for all concerned – not least the children themselves – grandparents can and do find themselves shut out. If their son or daughter splits up…

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Homemade separation agreements are a bad idea

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September 28, 2017 3 comments

family law

I recall when I was practising occasionally coming across cases where, prior to consulting solicitors, the husband and wife had drawn up a written agreement purporting to set out an agreed financial/property settlement between them. Naturally, the parties (or at least one of them), would believe that the agreement was enforceable, setting in stone the…

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Ending it all: divorce and suicide

September 9, 2017 5 comments

family life

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday (September 10), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has summarised its latest statistics on the prevalence of this drastic act. A total of 4,941 people ended their lives in England and Wales last year, the ONS explains, noting that the three demographic groups most at risk are:…

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What parents in dispute should know about SPIPS

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August 23, 2017 2 comments

mediation

For any couple with children, whether married or unmarried, unable to agree arrangements for them and embroiled in court proceedings under the Children Act 1989, the chances are that at an early stage in the proceedings the Court will order both parents to attend what is known as a ‘SPIP’: a separated parents information programme….

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Financial advisors encouraged to work in family law

July 4, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

There is a pressing need for more accredited financial advisors within family law, Resolution has claimed. Currently only 42 advisors are accredited for work with divorced and separating couples in England and Wales the legal organisation notes: that is just one for every 5,000 divorces. Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of family cases have a financial…

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