Family Law

  • Our guide to a happy holiday during difficult family times

    Our guide to a happy holiday during difficult family times

    The summer holidays are almost upon us. For many that will mean sun, sea, sand and smiley faces. Spare a thought, however, for families experiencing the uncertainty of separation. Here are some tips and guidance to those families for whom… Read More

  • Is Family Mediation compulsory?

    Is Family Mediation compulsory?

    I saw a question on an online forum recently which asked whether or not divorce mediation was compulsory. In very general terms, mediation is not compulsory in family law matters and is certainly not compulsory in divorce. Anybody can… Read More

  • Divorce and enforcement Q&A with Andrew Smith

    Divorce and enforcement Q&A with Andrew Smith

    One topic that I regularly get asked about is around 'complying with divorce orders', so I thought it would be useful to pull together a number of frequently asked questions into one simple blog post. It depends what sort of… Read More

  • Step-families and Wills

    Step-families and Wills

    Flexibility is often the key to a successful step-family. But how do you continue to look after all parties when you die? Having a properly drafted will allows you take account of potentially competing interests and look after all… Read More

  • Custody, Residence and Child Arrangement Orders

    Custody, Residence and Child Arrangement Orders

    What used to be called Custody and Access orders, which have since been termed Residence and Contact orders, will soon be replaced by Child Arrangements Orders. On 22nd April 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 will replace the… Read More

  • The Rise of the Cohabiting Family

    The Rise of the Cohabiting Family

    Recent figures produced by the Office for National Statistics show that in the last ten years, the number of married couples living together with dependent children has decreased, whilst the number of non-married couples living together… Read More