A group for separated Mums and Dads by Emma Newman

February 13, 2018 1 comment

family life

Going from parenting together to parenting apart is a huge step.  It can be a very lonely step and one that throws up all sorts of challenges we did not anticipate. To help with these challenges I have been working with the very talented Mette Theilmann from Parenting Success. She is a parenting coach with…

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Irish courts release divorce figures

February 8, 2018 0 comments

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A total of 4,162 couples applied for divorce in the Republic of Ireland during 2016, according to new figures from the Irish Courts Service. The figure represents a drop of 128 since the previous year. Meanwhile, 3,197 divorces were finalised across the country. Although modest, these figures reflect the fact that the Republic has a…

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Divorce is taking longer

December 27, 2017 3 comments

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While the overall divorce rate may be in decline, the time each one takes is increasing according to new research. A survey of more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 55, all of whom had divorced or separated at some point in the last decade, found that the average divorce took 14…

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Christmas family conflict

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

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As a legal practitioner here at Stowe Family Law LLP, specialising particularly in private cases involving children, I am always conscious at this time of the year that the Christmas period can be very difficult for some families: particularly if they are separated and the parents can’t agree on arrangements for their children over the…

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Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 14 comments

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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 4 comments

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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

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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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