Family Law Decisions Blog

We've put together a few posts to help inform and advise.

Category: Family Law
Family Law Blog

While abuse can be a difficult subject to talk about, in this blogpost we wanted to share some further information on what options you have to keep yourself safe and out of such a negative situation. Or you may have been unjustly served a non-molestation order and want to know what you can do about it. So what exactly is a non-molestation order? Essentially, it is an injunction which dictates … Continue Reading

Category: Family Law
Family Law Blog

We understand that if you’re not familiar with the field of family law, there is a lot of jargon and terminology to try and understand. And after all, you’re best equipped to approach your court case when you some knowledge of the process. That’s why we’ve put together a series of simple blogposts which cut through the complicated language and give you the straightforward information in a number o… Continue Reading

Category: McKenzie Friend
Family Law Blog

The first thing that enters many people’s minds when they enter into separation or divorce proceedings is the legal assistance they’ll need to guide them throughout the legal process. That’s where we come in! Why should you choose one of our McKenzie Friends?Our McKenzie Friends are highly affordable It’s no secret that UK family law proceedings can be expensive, and these fees can be difficult t… Continue Reading

Category: Family Law
Family Law Blog

Sarah Phillimore a Barrister with St John's Chambers tweeted recently some rather less than flattering comments about parents who use the family court system, a selection of which are as follows: "don't have a baby with someone you don't like and don't respect." "Key issue is to ask ourselves why so many persist in sharing their DNA with people they don't like and don't resp… Continue Reading

Category: Children
Family Law Blog

During divorce or separation dispute cases, the lines which once seemed so clear can easily become blurred. Who is responsible for what regarding the children? Where do one person’s duties start and end once you are separated?A Parental Responsibility Order can be a part of how to clarify these matters, in terms everyone can hopefully easily understand and discuss. But before you can understand ho… Continue Reading

Category: Family Law
Family Law Blog

The area of family law can be complex and difficult to navigate, especially if you’re also trying to make sense of your own situation by yourself and also support your family. Seeking free legal advice or just a good solid practical view on your case, is one way to make the progress of your court case or issues easier on you and everyone involved, whilst also ensuring you’re making an informed dec… Continue Reading

Category: Children
Family Law Blog

We all know that separation and divorce proceedings can be potentially difficult. They’re emotionally tricky for the parties involved – but they also have an impact on children, too. Of course, your children are the ones who you want to protect most during this process. This is why the child arrangements you come to post separation for children are so important. Ideally you will be able to agree … Continue Reading

Category: McKenzie Friend
Family Law Blog

There are a number of reasons why you might have chosen to represent yourself in court. Perhaps the solicitor or barrister fees are just too expensive, or you’re unable to find one to suit your circumstances. Perhaps you want closer control over how your case is run, or feel that you need more emotional support than a solicitor or barrister can give. Whatever your reasons, it can be reassuring to… Continue Reading

Category: Children
Family Law Blog

Parental alienation has been recognised by many in the family law courts for some time and is increasingly used alongside implacable hostility or adverse influence to describe important aspects of very difficult cases. These are not terms generally used to describe just difficult or awkward parents, they describe a parent who goes out of their way directly and often then indirectly (topping up) to… Continue Reading

Category: Children
Family Law Blog

Michael Robinson of The Custody Minefield & Relocation Campaign has for me produced another excellent article in Family Law Week this week regarding the slow but now moving process of reform in relocation cases.It's hard hitting and well argued as usual with Michael and what's more important, it rings true in my experience of many relocation cases where a parent wants to remove a child/children ab… Continue Reading

Category: Children
Family Law Blog

More and more it would appear Courts are allowing children to determine if their relationship with a parent continues or the extent of that relationship, children are the arbiters in many contact and residence cases. Judges and CAFCASS will at times allow the snapshot wishes and feelings of children given to a Family Court Adviser to become binding, the needs of the children become secondary.The V… Continue Reading

Category: Family Law
Family Law Blog

Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division took the unusual step today of sitting in open court so the public could be informed that a father was not a paedophile and the allegations against him from the mother of their child were false and the mother knew they were false.The mother had been found to have firstly made the allegations then coached her daughter to make allegations of sexual… Continue Reading

Category: Family Law
Family Law Blog

Zoe Saunders (a family barrister at St John's Chambers) recently penned an article on The Lawyer website headed 'Why the Government is wrong about shared parenting legislation'. Zoe's article explained why in her view the Government was wrong to say they were going to develop legislation emphasising the importance of both parents. Zoe Saunders arguments against shared parenting laws simply do no… Continue Reading

Category: Family Law
Family Law Blog

The 4th update from Mr Justice Ryder regarding 'The Family Justice Modernisation Programme' was published recently and a couple of comments within the update were of more than a passing interest to those of us who want to see radical change in the system.The first was the acknowledgement by the senior judge who is tasked to modernise family law that there are "primary legislative changes proposed … Continue Reading