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Family Law Thought Leader Article

Simon Leach
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A Thought Leader article published in the December 2017 edition of Lawyer Monthly. My name is Simon Leach and I am the Managing Director of Family Law Group, a regional law practice specialising in family law.  Our firm started in 2005, having...

Agree Christmas Arrangements For Children Now

Amanda Brown
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Christmas is a magical time of the year for children.  There is the anticipation of the presents they may receive, the relief of having a few weeks off school and the excitement of seeing friends and family.  The hopes of what Christmas may bring...

Couples Using Adultery Shows Law Needs Overhaul

Simon Leach
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Research released this week by The Nuffield Foundation indicates that many couples pretend adultery has been committed in order to quicken divorce proceedings. The research shows that the process needs overhauling, states a Nottingham firm of family law...

Vulnerable Witnesses

Shazia Haider-Shah
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This article is designed to provide a useful guide to the subject of vulnerable clients and witnesses.   Vulnerable Clients As Solicitor Advocates, we are the main link between the Court and our clients.  It is therefore a key element of...

Do I Qualify For Legal Aid For Mediation?

Amanda Brown
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One of the most frequently asked questions of our mediation team is from clients enquiring whether they qualify for Legal Aid for their MIAMS or mediation meetings. This article aims to clarify the situation in light of changes to the law that stipulate...

Ten Rules For Success In Mediation

Simon Leach
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In a successful mediation, everyone works cooperatively to reach a fair settlement of their dispute. So what are the key elements to keeping your mediation on track? Here are ten rules to follow:   Participation Participation and being...

The Dangers of DIY Divorce

Simon Leach
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In a bid to make the divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships process easier for separating couples to understand, the government introduced a new set of forms to apply for divorce or dissolution in August this year. It is possible that, because of...

Has Your Former Partner Abducted Your Child?

Amanda Brown
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When couples separate, most of the arrangements regarding children can usually be resolved between the parents amicably.  However, in rare cases, the relationship between the parents may have broken down to such an extent that one parent feels compelled...

Fact-Finding Hearings in Cases Involving Children

Tony Woods
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What are fact-finding hearings? In proceedings involving children, the Family court will see if agreement can be reached on all relevant issues at the early hearing in any case. If this is not possible, the court will make its decision at a...

Can I Ask My Ex Partner For More Money

Amanda Brown
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If you are receiving spousal maintenance from your former husband, wife or civil partner you may be able to ask for an increase in payments if your circumstances have changed and your former spouse or partner can afford it. Amanda Brown, family law expert at...

Law Not Enough for Civil Partnerships

Simon Leach
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Leading family law experts have warned that a call for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples shows that the law is not doing enough for people who live together. Family Law Group comments that society is beginning to demand legal changes, which will...

Authority to Take Children on Holiday

Simon Leach
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For unmarried, separated or divorced parents, taking your child on holiday this summer may require careful negotiation with the other parent.  This is especially likely if you do not have parental responsibility for your child entitling you to take...

Life Coaching Support For Clients

Amanda Brown
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Sarah Lockson, from our Nottingham office can now provide Life Coaching for anyone going through a separation or divorce and who is struggling to get their life back on track.   Sometimes the fear of making changes or having to start again can...

Change In Domestic Violence Evidence Legislation

Simon Leach
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A recent government decision to scrap the time limit for submitting Legal Aid applications is very welcome news for all family law experts. The current five-year time limit will be removed completely according to the Ministry of Justice after...

Let's Know More About Siobhan Thompson

Siobhan Thompson
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An introduction to Siobhan Thompson, Associate Solicitor In work I am a Children Panel Member and Solicitor, whilst outside of work I am a family girl, bit of a thrill seeker and adrenaline junky. I love being adventurous, body building, music and...

I Am Not Married To My Partner - What Are My Rights?

Simon Leach
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Over the past 20 years cohabiting couples have become the fastest growing family type in the UK, with some 3.3 million couples now choosing to live together without getting married. Many people in this situation mistakenly believe that if they split up or...

Innovate, Collaborate, Accelerate Conference

Dan Cooper
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Family Law Group were proud to be VIP guests at the first ICA (Innovate/Collaborate/Accelerate) conference in Milton Keynes on 29 March 2017 held by Jeanius Consulting and Marketing By Us at the Open University. With Milton Keynes recognised as one of the...

Do I Qualify For Legal Aid For Mediation Meetings?

Amanda Brown
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One of the most frequently asked questions of our mediation team is from clients enquiring whether they qualify for Legal Aid for their MIAMS or mediation meetings. This article aims to clarify the situation in light of recent changes to the law that...

The Bridget Lindley OBE Memorial Lecture 2017

Simon Leach
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A fascinating insight into the thinking of one of our country’s most eminent and erudite judges. He raises several questions which go far beyond the connection between child protection and adoption.   ...

How Can I Stop My Former Partner From Harassing Me?

Simon Leach
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Unacceptable behaviour from a former partner, such as threats of violence, stalking or harassment, does not have to be tolerated.  Simon Leach, family law solicitor at Family Law Group in Nottingham explains how you could obtain a court order called an...

Need Extra Financial Support For Your Child?

Simon Leach
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One of the biggest concerns for any parent who has separated or divorced will be household finances, particularly when there are children to provide for. If you are concerned that the financial arrangements you have made with your former spouse or partner...

Women Appeals Against Divorce Refusal

Dan Cooper
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Family Law Group keenly await the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the case involving a woman struggling to divorce her husband, as reported by BBC News.   Dan Cooper of Milton Keynes Family Law Group comments, "For many years lawyers have...

Law Firm Links up with Anti-Domestic Violence Charity

Simon Leach
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Refuge, the leading voice for campaigning against domestic violence, has been named Family Law Group’s Charity of the Year. The growing law firm will fundraise for the charity over the course of the year, with the aim of raising as much money as...

FGM Protection Orders: A Case Study

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Ben Clulee Senior Associate Solicitor with Family Law Group gives his recent experience of representing a client of Gambian origin on an application made by a local authority for a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Protection Order within the Family Court. In...

New Year, Divorce on the Horizon?

Amanda Brown
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The Christmas and New Year period can be a difficult time for many people; it is an opportunity for family and friends to get together, but it can add to the pressures when a marriage is in trouble. For most family lawyers, January is one of the busiest...

Fixed Term Contracts Possible for Living Together

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Fixed term contracts could be the answer for some people looking to secure their future, claims leading family law experts. Agreements lasting for up to a decade have been discussed in the national press, leading to speculation that people may be tempted to...

Domestic Abuse - It Is Not Always Obvious

Paula Bloomfield
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Abusive relationships come in many forms.  Most people would probably recognise a violent relationship and may even know a friend or relative who has been the victim of physical violence. However, it may not be quite so easy to recognise an abusive...

Plan Your Christmas Contact Arrangements Early

Shamiza Zia
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For most, Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and an opportunity to spend quality time with the family.  It can also be an incredibly emotional time of the year, particularly for those parents who are no longer together. One of the most difficult...

Competition Stifles Encouragement

Simon Leach
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Competition can stifle encouragement and limits thinking, according to Nancy Kline in her book, "Time To Think." The essence of our mediation practice is about working in collaboration to help our clients find the best solutions for their family....

The Eighteenth Camel

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Family Law Group Mediation work towards a WIN-WIN situation for all clients and here is a short story about negotiation to illustrate the point. Many years ago, a man died and left his camels to his three sons; one-half to the oldest, one-third to the...

Cohabitation Agreements...Your Place or Mine?

Amanda Brown
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When love is in the air and your thoughts turn to moving in together, the last thing on your minds will be the practicalities of splitting-up. When married couples divorce there are specific laws that give rights and obligations towards each other, and...

An Unusual Rise in Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Simon Leach
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Parents with financial stakes in the purchase of homes for newly married children are behind a rise in pre-nuptial agreements, claims a leading family law expert. Simon Leach, of Family Law Group said the agreements, which protect assets that couples have...

Spotlight On...Amanda Brown

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Amanda joined the family team in 2001, which then became Family Law Group in 2005. When Amanda joined, it became apparent to her that she would be joining a focused and highly competitive team, so needed to be the very best at what she did. Amanda is a...

Transfer of Public Law Proceedings to Other Jurisdictions

Simon Leach
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Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 commonly referred to as Brussels II Revised or ‘BIIR’. BIIR has been used to transfer Public Law Proceedings concerning children to other jurisdictions within the European Union. The general rule under...

The Benefits of Mediation in a Divorce

Amanda Brown
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When you have taken the difficult step of deciding to separate or divorce, working out your future arrangements for your children, property, maintenance payments and shared business interests can lead to a great deal of anguish. If you have not come to an...

Dealing With Debt on Separation or Divorce

Simon Leach
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One of the many issues to be resolved upon divorce or separation is what happens to the assets of the marriage, such as who retains the house or whether it should be sold.  On the other hand, you also need to decide what happens with any debts of the...

Summer Holiday's Final Straw For Many Marriages

Simon Leach
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American research into divorce trends has found that divorce is seasonal with immediate spikes in marriage breakdowns after the summer and winter holidays, which is in line with British relationship break ups, claims a leading family law expert. The US...

Nottingham Law Firm Get Baking for Macmillan

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Local charity Macmillan Cancer Support is set to benefit thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local firm of Solicitors, Nottingham Family Law. The Nottingham based solicitors will be putting their baking skills to the test by holding a coffee morning...

Lawyer Awarded Resolution Accreditation

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Raj Chahal, a Senior Associate in the Private and Public Law Children department of Family Law Group in Nottingham, has secured accreditation as a specialist in Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse. Resolution is an association of Solicitors committed to...

Business as Usual Following Brexit Uncertainty

Simon Leach
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The legal structure of Britain will not be altered for some “considerable time” following the decision to leave the European Union, says a leading Family Law expert. Simon Leach of Family Law Group said now that the dust is beginning to settle...

Alarming Report on Marriage Breakdown Figures

Catherine Wheatcroft
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More has to be done to save marriages in light of alarming report Dealing with previously happy couples splitting up is never easy even for those of us who are in the midst of sorting out marriage break-ups. Like all responsible family law experts, we...

Negotiating Summer Holiday Childcare Arrangements

Catherine Wheatcroft
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With the school holidays upon us, many parents will be preparing themselves for six weeks of juggling their work commitments and spending time with their children.   For divorced or separated parents, being able to rely on each other for backup...

Mediation Information for Action for Children

Marie Gallacher
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Marie Gallacher, Senior Associate and Accredited Mediator at our Wellingborough office will be providing a talk on mediation to the Team of Action for Children. This will take place at the Penrith Drive Children’s Centre on 24 August 2016 to raise...

Fun in the Sun for Fundraising Event

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Our Milton Keynes office held their annual Family Fun Day on Sunday 17 July 2016 to raise money for MK Dons Sport and Educational Trust (SET). The day was focused on the whole family, with entertainment and activities for children of all ages....

Changes to Legal Aid, Time Limits and Evidence

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Impact of changes to domestic violence evidence under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 Richard Port, Solicitor and domestic violence specialist at Family Law Group comments on the recent changes to Legal Aid, time limits and...

Fun For All The Family At Wellingborough

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Local charity Action for Children is set to benefit thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local firm of Solicitors, Northants Family Law. The Wellingborough Family Fun Day is the second fundraising event to be held by the firm, with this year’s event...

Alternative Guide to Divorce

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Suzy Miller is the UK’s unique ‘Alternative Divorce Guide’, Public Speaker and Trainer, featured on Radio 4 Women’s Hour , the Daily Mail and C5’s The Vanessa Show .  Suzy has an ILM Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and...

Family Fun at Milton Keynes

Dan Cooper
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Our Milton Keynes office is holding a Family Fun Day on 17 July 2016 at Linford Manor Park. There will be lot's of activities, with fun and entertainment for the whole family, including a junior football competition, face painting, live music, bouncy...

The Longest Day Fundraiser

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Family Law Group is pleased to announce that we are holding a fundraising event on 20 June 2016 to raise money for When You Wish Upon a Star. All of our offices across Nottingham, Wellingborough, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Chesterfield, Derby and...

Lawyer Makes Prestigious Listing of Recommended Solicitors

Catherine Wheatcroft
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A Chesterfield law firm is celebrating after one of its solicitors appeared on a list of top legal professionals in the UK, according to The Sunday Times. Jonathan Corbishley of Chesterfield Family Law appeared in a listing of top IFAs and solicitors in The...