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Joanne Millership Solicitor Profile

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We sat down with Joanne Millership from our Derbyshire offices to ask about her days, how she started his career and what advice she can impart for individuals looking to start in law.

Agreeing time with your children following separation

Dan Cooper
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A separation will inevitably mean a change in the family dynamic, and you may be concerned about what this will mean for your relationship with your children.  New arrangements will have to be put in place in relation to where the children will reside, and what time they will spend with each parent.

Another Celebration for Family Law Group

William Matheson
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Family Law Group is continuing to strengthen its team, with a member of staff recently qualifying as Solicitor. The firm currently is celebrating the qualification of William Matheson to a Solicitor from September 2020.

Family Law Group Celebrates Internal Progression

Claire Howard
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Family Law Group is continuing to strengthen its team, with another young lawyer having been promoted within the business. The firm currently is celebrating the progression of Claire Howard, who recently secured a role as an Associate Solicitor commencing September 2020.

Ben Lawson Solicitor Profile

Ben Lawson
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We sat down with Ben Lawson from our Derbyshire office to ask about his days, how he started his career and what advice he can impart for individuals looking to start in law.   Q1. Why did you become a Solicitor? I have wanted to be...

Increase in children being taken into parents care during Lockdown

Jessica Silvers
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Unprecedented increase in children being taken into parents care during lockdown “The UK legal system has seen an unprecedented rise in Care Proceedings, which has seen a rise in children being removed from their parents care,” says Jessica...

Love knows no boundaries, but divorce must consider them

Laura Martin-Read
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If you are considering divorce and have ties to more than one country, then where you issue your proceedings can impact the outcome.  These types of divorce are commonly known as cross-border, and typically we think of countries outside the United Kingdom. But a recent judgment in the Supreme Court has highlighted that even the borders within our shores can affect the outcome in the agreement of maintenance after divorce.

What is the Public Law Outline Process and how can we help?

Mahbuba Akhtar
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A Public Law Outline (PLO) can be daunting and at times hard to understand. Mahbuba Akhtar, a Trainee Solicitor at Family Law Group, Nottingham office explains what a PLO case is and how we can help you every step of the way. What is the Public Law Outline...

Johanna Brewer Solicitor Profile

Johanna Brewer
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We sat down with Johanna Brewer from our Derbyshire office to ask about her days, career and what advice she can inpart for individuals looking to start in law.

Has the growing usage of video conferencing such as Zoom for family mediation led to its growing success?

Michael Cork
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Prior to the COVID- 19 pandemic and lockdown, the use of video conferencing in mediation was a rare and underused resource. Now, Michael Cork, a mediator with the Nottingham office of Family Law Group, examines his experiences with this new technology and how it has changed the landscape of mediation.

Jonathan Corbishley Solicitor Profile

Jonathan Corbishley
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We sat down with Jonathan Corbishley from our Chesterfield office to ask about his days, career and what advice he can inpart for individuals looking to start in law.     Q1. Why did you become a Solicitor? I had always been...

Varying maintenance payments due to Covid-19 hardship

Laura Martin-Read
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The coronavirus pandemic has turned most of our world upside down, causing economic hardship for many people and job losses are expected to continue as the furlough scheme comes to an end.

The path towards no fault divorces

Alexandra Kelly
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Royal Assent has being gained for the Divorce Bill which is very welcomed news. Whilst a ‘no blame divorce’ will not be available until approximately October 2021, it is a step closer to allowing parties to divorce without having to blame the...

My viability assessment is negative, what can I do?

Kerry Avis
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When the Local Authority initiate court proceedings in respect of a child, the parents of that child have the opportunity to put forward people they want to be assessed as alternative carers.

Settling a dispute about matrimonial finances during the pandemic

Jonathan Corbishley
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If you are in the middle of getting divorced, or contemplating getting divorced, you may be worried about how the present COVID-19 pandemic will impact on your financial security after separation.  If financial arrangements are disputed, how easy will it be to come to an arrangement and move on with your life?

Can I divorce my abusive spouse?

Dan Cooper
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Sadly, if you are experiencing abuse in your marriage, you are far from being alone with research suggesting that as many as one in four women and one in eight men will experience it at some point. 

Can I change my child's name?

Kerry Avis
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When a child is born, their name is then registered on their birth certificate. It is common for a child to be given the same surname as the father, both for married and unmarried couples. If parents then separate or divorce, it is usual for the child to keep their surname, however, people often ask the question, can I change my child’s surname?

Where will the children live if we separate?

Simon Leach
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Following separation parents usually want to minimise any disruption to their children, ensuring that they soon settle into a new routine - whether that is in the existing family home, or following a move to a new home.

When your partner owns the property and you pay the bills - what rights do you have to your home if you separate?

Amanda Brown
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If your partner owned their home when you moved in together, then it is not uncommon to agree to pay all or most of the bills as a way of sharing living costs without the hassle of changing the mortgage paperwork or the legal title.

When a relationship has broken down and you are contemplating separating, a key concern will be where you will be able to live, especially if you have children and have built a family home together over many years.

When a Spouse or Partner is Abusive During Lockdown

Dan Cooper
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Our family solicitors outline what help is available to you if you are facing a violent or abusive partner during lockdown.

A Time Of Realisation For Those In Poor Relationships

Jonathan Corbishley
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It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, as we were putting away the Christmas decorations, most of us had not heard of Coronavirus. Now here we are, half way through 2020 and it seems the world has turned on its head. We cannot downplay the...

Who Gets the House in a Divorce With Children?

Laura Martin-Read
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In many divorce cases, what should happen with the family home can be the most contentious issue.  Often it is the most valuable asset within the marriage, although the pensions can sometimes exceed the value of the family home and it really depends on...

Family Law in Lockdown

Dan Cooper
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The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has brought about seismic changes to the way that we as a society live our lives, changes that were unimaginable at the turn of the year other than in the minds of Hollywood directors (the film “Contagion” now...

Coronavirus and Child Arrangements

Jonathan Corbishley
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Coronavirus and Child Arrangements The current unprecedented times are leading to uncertainty throughout British society. As family lawyers we are receiving a significant number of enquiries from separated parents about how and whether they should...

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update for Visitors

Simon Leach
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Family Law Group is actively following Government guidelines to prevent the spread of infection and reduce the risk to our clients, members of the public and staff of being exposed to the virus. Whilst taking these measures very seriously, we are still...

Covid-19 Coronavirus Information for Visitors

Simon Leach
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Family Law Group is actively following Government guidelines to prevent the spread of infection and reduce the risk to our clients, members of the public and staff of being exposed to the virus. To assist with this we are now encouraging our clients to...

Lawyers question the treatment of domestic abuse victims in courts

Jonathan Corbishley
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Law professionals are questioning the treatment of domestic abuse victims within the family court environment and whether or not it provides a safe place for them during court cases. Judges holding “outdated views” on sexual violence and issues...

Navigating Through Divorce and Separation

Simon Leach
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For those of us growing up in the 70s, whilst there were clearly single-parent families around, divorce was still the exception rather than the rule. It also often, and sadly, carried with it a social stigma, which could be all too apparent to those children...

DNA Testing In A Family Law Dispute

Ben Spencer
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A proposal for DNA testing of family members can arise in a number of circumstances, most commonly where there are questions over paternity (although occasionally maternity is tested too) when establishing contact and residence, or when determining a...

Emergency Services & Armed Forces Discount Scheme

Dan Cooper
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We are delighted to announce that we are now offering a discount on our fees to all Emergency Services & Armed Forces workers. We are offering 50% discount on the first hourly rate appointment for all family legal services (subject to...

Divorce and the division of overseas assets

Laura Martin-Read
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It is not uncommon for a divorcing couple to have some property in another country, whether this is a holiday home in the sun or the alps, a property in your country of birth, or an investment in commercial property or assets abroad.  ‘The term...

Lesbian Parents, Fertility Treatment and the Law

Sarah White
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With family units becoming more diverse, there has been an increased demand in lesbian couples seeking fertility treatment, when couples’ thoughts turn to children.  The law relating to legal parenthood and parental responsibility is an important...

Divorce if you have been abandoned by your spouse

Alexandra Kelly
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Husbands, wives and civil partners can find themselves abandoned through a variety of different situations.  Sometimes the reason is obvious, such as a forced marriage, a scam marriage where one person was simply seeking a visa, an abusive marriage or...

Forced marriage stats reveal a bigger problem

Jonathan Corbishley
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According to the most recent Home Office Statistics in 2018, there were 1,764 cases of forced marriage involving Government intervention. Forced marriage is a crime that goes under the radar, yet is quite common and should be brought into the open more when...

Guidance on Honour-Based Violence

Mahbuba Akhtar
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What is Honour-Based Violence? Honour-based violence is a violent crime or incident which may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of a family or community. Honour-based violence is often linked to family members or acquaintances who...

Christmas is Coming!

Alexandra Kelly
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It may seem a little soon to be talking about Christmas and for many that is true.  But when it comes to resolving child arrangements over the Christmas holidays now really is the time to plan ahead.  Many people leave child arrangements until it...

Do I qualify for Legal Aid?

Julie Foster
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What is Legal Aid? Legal Aid is a publicly funded scheme operated by the government to allow people on low incomes to access legal advice without the fees attached. How Do I Know if I Will Qualify? Whether you qualify for Legal Aid will firstly be...

Arbitration in Family Law Cases

Laura Martin-Read
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I have recently concluded a financial dispute arising from a divorce using Arbitration as an alternative to a Court final hearing. As a solicitor who has been dismayed to see clients embroiled in unnecessarily lengthy, costly and protracted Court...

When Can Parental Responsibility be Removed?

Claire Howard
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I have recently handled an unusual case where the issue for consideration was whether parental responsibility could be removed from a married father. In order to consider whether parental responsibility can be removed, the question that must first be asked...

Pension Sharing in a Divorce Settlement

Amanda Brown
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When couples separate and divorce, part of that process will involve dividing the assets from the marriage and making two households out of one.  ‘Dividing up cash, savings and the family home are relatively straightforward,’ says Amanda...

Cambridge Legal Specialists Team up with Family Law Group

Dan Cooper
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A law firm in the heart of Cambridge has changed its name, following a merger. CB4Law, which is on Milton Road has merged with Family Law Group, a law firm specialising in family law with offices across the Midlands and Home Counties. Family Law Group is...

Summer Holiday is the Final Straw for Fragile Relationships

Jonathan Corbishley
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Throughout the country many family lawyers will be readying themselves for one of the busiest times of the year following disastrous summer holidays. It is estimated that more than 40 per cent of marriages end in divorce, and it is following the summer...

Battle Over Huge Lottery Win a Sad Tale to Learn From

Jonathan Corbishley
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The law often unearths worthy tales of note for all to learn from. Some are just stories where people shake their heads, and move on without a thought, but others have deeper lessons for all of us. One such recent tale hit the national newspapers and...

A Day in the Life of Shazia Haider-Shah

Shazia Haider-Shah
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What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis? I am a solicitor advocate. I work in collaboration with solicitors in the office to prepare cases for clients for presentation to the court. I do the court advocacy, advise the client on...

A Day in the Life of Will Kirk

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What is your position at Family Law Group and what do you do on a day-to-day basis? As a Solicitor at specialist family law firm Family Law Group ( www.familylawgroup.co.uk ), I provide legal advice on all aspects of family law. This extends to...

Who Has Parental Responsibility and What Does It Mean?

Laura Martin-Read
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Families now come in all shapes and sizes, and children may live with parents who are cohabiting, married, separated or divorced. They may be part of a step-family, live with adoptive parents, grandparents, other relatives or a special guardian. If you have...

Taking a Child Abroad

William Matheson
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Taking your child abroad is an exciting time and one where you will hopefully make memories of a life time. Before going outside of the UK, there are always lots of things that you must think about first. Unfortunately it is not as simple as just packing a...

Enforcing Financial Orders in Family Proceedings

Simon Leach
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Sometimes when the family court orders a payment to be made by your former spouse to settle a financial claim in divorce proceedings, the money owed is not always handed over when it should be.  Where this happens it can be difficult to know what to do....

Denmark Fights Toxic Family Break-Up

Jonathan Corbishley
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When it comes to qualify of life studies, the Scandinavians always seem to be head of the league tables, with some of the bigger so-called developed countries lagging well behind. The reason that the Swedish, Danes and Norwegians are always at the forefront...

The End to the Divorce Blame Game

Amanda Brown
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Family Law Group believe that a recent change in divorce law, will have a profound effect on families not just in the region, but across the country. Amanda Brown of Family Law Group welcomed a government announcement this week that will...

Relocating With Your Child After Separation

Amanda Brown
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During any separation or divorce, one of the primary concerns will be the impact on any children.  It is unavoidable that change will occur in everybody’s lives, and there may be the time when you decide that a relocation is appropriate. ...

Till Debt Do Us Part When Separating

Jonathan Corbishley
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Access to credit is now easier than ever and this has led to a culture of, ‘putting it on the plastic,' being seen as very much the norm in today’s society. Average household debt is around £8,000 per person in the UK, and this figure...

The Benefits of a Clean Break Agreement on Divorce

Amanda Brown
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You may feel overwhelmed with the changes you are facing as you go through a divorce, and quite often going from a household with two incomes to one can be a struggle.  If you do not own a house or have other assets, it can be tempting to cut costs and...

Talk: The Science of Conversation

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Talk: The Science of Conversation by Elizabeth Stokoe A Book Review written by Michael Cork, Mediator I purchased this book to read and review after I attended a training event provided by the author. Elizabeth was the sole presenter on a day that had been...

What Exactly is Mediation?

Laura Martin-Read
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Today National Family Mediation Week draws to a close. Here at Family Law Group we have a team of mediators offering mediation services across our offices, along with solicitors who can guide and advise you on the mediation process. But what exactly is...

Story to Shine a Light on Coercive Control

Jonathan Corbishley
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A shocking tale of a woman who killed her husband with a hammer over eight years ago has resurfaced recently as her family support her bid to be released from prison. The case of Sally Challen is well worth broadcasting to the general public as its...

Disagreements and Decisions about your Children

Amanda Brown
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If you are separated or divorced, you will probably have an arrangement with your ex-partner dealing with where your children live and how often they see their other parent. However, a specific issue might arise not covered by this agreement and on which you...

The Traditional January Divorce Spike

Jonathan Corbishley
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The festive season is over and sadly, with it, are many marriages as the New Year always sees solicitors kept busy with new divorce cases. It is not the most festive tale with which to start 2019, but it’s a message that needs to be told to those who...

Blog Surrounding Adoption Orders

Dan Cooper
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Milton Keynes Family Law has recently been involved in a case where a Local Authority placed two children with two separate adoptive families. The unusual feature of the case was that the children involved were twins and at the conclusion of the care...

Book Review by a Family Mediator

Amanda Brown
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Splitting: Protecting Yourself while Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder; by Bill Eddy and Randi Kreger. I ordered this book when I saw that one of my mediation clients was reading it in the waiting room ahead of his MIAM....

Blog Surrounding the Disclosure of Documents to the Media

Simon Leach
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Northants Family Law has recently been involved in a case which included an application under Family Procedure Rules 2010 Rule 12.75 for the disclosure of redacted documents to the media and/or the client’s MP.  The team had represented the...

Divorce When You Run a Family Business

Amanda Brown
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If you own, or have an interest in, a business and are thinking about getting divorced or dissolving your civil partnership, you need to think carefully about the impact this may have on your livelihood.  Depending on how your affairs are organised,...

Blog: Deprivation of Liberty Orders

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Whilst a person can be deprived of their liberty at any age and in any place, there are certain rules and regulations in place when children or young persons are being deprived of their liberty. There have been two recent cases which set out the law and...

Family Law Group Celebrates Young Lawyers Progression

Catherine Wheatcroft
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Family Law Group is strengthening its team, with three young lawyers awarded new positions in the business. Nottingham Family Law are toasting Kerry Avis, who recently qualified as a solicitor, alongside her colleagues Aimee Booth and Will Matheson, who...

Divorce Rate At An All Time Low, According To Statistics

Jonathan Corbishley
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In the past few weeks, many recognised news outlets have commented that the heterosexual divorce rate has hit a 45 year low. For those readers who scan the headlines but don’t delve deeper into the story it is a headline, which paints a rosy picture...

What Rights Do Step-Parents Have After Divorce?

Raj Chahal
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As a step-parent who is getting divorced or going through separation, you may feel confused over what rights you will have in relation to your step-children especially if you have spent many years living as a family and have grown to love them as your...

Should Siblings Living Together Be Legally Protected?

Simon Leach
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In this latest blog article, Family Law Group looks at the idea of extending civil partnerships to include sibling couples. There has been much comment and debate in the press over a recent court victory by a man and woman who won the right to have a civil...

Paula Bloomfield Solicitor Profile

Paula Bloomfield
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Why did you become a Solicitor? I became interested in studying law when I was at school.  I was attracted to what I perceived to be the exciting drama in the courtroom and it was always my intention to aim for the criminal bar.  English...

Divorce Crisis Following Supreme Court Ruling?

Amanda Brown
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An unhappily married women in her 60s who today lost a Supreme Court appeal to be granted a divorce, shows an outdated system in need of change, say family law experts. Mrs Owens, 68, wanted the court to grant her a divorce from her husband of 40 years....

Whose Debt is it Anyway?

Amanda Brown
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The average household in the UK now has debts of around £58,000 according to The Money Charity.  Trying to keep on top of this can be a major source of stress and according to the relationship counselling service, Relate, debt is cited as the...

Family Law Experts Call For An End to Divorce Blame

Amanda Brown
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One of the region’s leading divorce specialists has called for the law to be overhauled to stop couples needlessly blaming the other for relationship breakdown. Family Law Group commented that the current laws in place means that all divorces need to...

Why Would Anyone Want a Postnuptial Agreement?

Amanda Brown
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The discovery of an affair, concern about an expected inheritance being squandered or pressure from family or associates to protect your business interests are all possible reasons you might consider making a postnuptial agreement. Like a prenuptial...

Abused Men Should Not Be Frightened To Speak Out

Simon Leach
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Men suffering domestic abuse should not be afraid to seek help and should look for support, claims one of the region’s leading family law experts. Simon Leach, of Nottingham Family Law, said he hoped publicity surrounding the case of Alex Skeel, whose...

Divorce: Am I Entitled to Share My Spouses Pension?

Simon Leach
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As part of any discussion regarding family finances following divorce, it is important to consider pensions.  As Simon Leach, family law expert with Family Law Group in Nottingham explains, this is particularly so if compared to your former spouse you...

The Importance of Privacy When a Family Dispute Goes to Court

Simon Leach
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If you are going through a divorce, or are trying to agree child arrangements or settle care proceedings, it can be difficult to bite your tongue when things do not go your way.  The temptation to share your frustrations can be even greater when the...

Nottingham Family Legal Experts Welcome Rachel To The Team

Catherine Wheatcroft
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A leading law firm specialising in family law has continued its expansion, with the appointment of a solicitor with more than 25 years’ experience in this field. Rachel Maclean has joined Nottingham Family Law, where she reacquaints herself with the...

Law Firm Step In To Aid Charity After Thieves Steal Equipment

Amanda Brown
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A Nottingham law firm has given a helping hand after thieves stole equipment from a voluntary group helping the region’s deaf. Nottinghamshire Deaf Society suffered two break-ins at its headquarters in Nottingham city centre on Thursday, March 8 and...

Securing The Right To See Your Grandchildren

Dan Cooper
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The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren can be very special and one that most parents fully support.  On occasions, however, access can be cut off or restricted, causing hurt and upset.  In the first of a two-part series of...

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

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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...