Switalskis Solicitors

New divorce laws plan to help couples split quicker and amicably



Divorce has been a major focus recently following the split of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie, whose marriage was officially dissolved in April 2019. This was the most expensive settlement in history of over $35 billion. Following this, it has just been announced that divorce laws in England and Wales will be changed so as to reduce ...
 
Judith Glynn and Chris Preston

Switalskis welcomes established Family team to Leeds office



Former Zermansky Solicitors senior partners, Judith Glynn and Chris Preston, have joined Switalskis Solicitors to head its family department in Leeds. Judith and Chris both bring over 25 years’ experience of working in all aspects of family law to Switalskis’ Leeds team. Judith and Chris are highly experienced in matters relating to relationship breakdown including divorce, cohabiting couples and same ...
 
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Changes to domestic abuse laws will prevent abusers from cross-examining victims



Long campaigned for changes to the way domestic abuse cases are handled in England and Wales could become a reality if the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill is passed by MPs. In particular, people accused of domestic abuse who don’t have their own legal representation will no longer be able to cross-examine their former partner in the family courts. ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Christmas: A time for resolving family issues?



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator Whilst Christmas is commonly seen as a wonderful time for families, it can be a very difficult time for those who are experiencing a breakdown in their relationships. It can also be a very frustrating time, when there seems to be little, if any, progress happening. This blog shows that it may be ...
 

Steve and Mary start to get it together in their finances



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor and Family Mediator In Andrew Baines’ latest family mediation blog, we look at the story of Mary and Steve, a separating couple trying to settle their disagreements through mediation. This time, Steve and Mary* are starting to sort out their finances. “But if all we have to talk about is £95,000 equity in the house, what have we ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Love, Power and Strategy in the Family Courts



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor and Mediator, Family Law Department It’s good to have a strategy when love and power are pitched against each other in the Family Court. A strategy is needed because whilst court guidelines are clear in their wording they are wide in their interpretation. “The welfare of the child is paramount” is one such clear guideline but ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Family Law specialist Andrew Baines appearing at Northern Lights Conference



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator, Family Law department I was delighted to accept Brighter Future’s invitation to run a strategy workshop at the Northern Lights Conference in York on Friday 5th October 2018. It provides a great opportunity for collaborative lawyers and other connected professionals to learn something different – always helpful – and to socialise with friends old ...
 
Family Solicitor Melanie Brown

Emmeline and Richard Pankhurst: A Force for Social change



By Melanie Brown, Solicitor, Family Law Department In 1918, the Representation of the People Act came into force, the first UK law which gave some women the right to vote. One hundred years after Women’s Suffrage, people across the UK have been celebrating this major turning point for women’s rights and recognising those who helped drive the change. In this ...
 
Toby Netting Family Solicitor

Civil partnerships for different sex couples – it’s a duck… obviously



By Toby Netting, Head of Family Law Sheffield If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and swims like a duck, it’s obviously a duck. When something is so obvious, you may wonder why you have to ask the question in the first place.  The Supreme Court have effectively concluded the same when handing down their judgment on ...
 

The Digitalisation of Divorce – is it worth it?



By Burhan Akhtar, Trainee Solicitor, Family Law Last month, the Ministry of Justice launched an online service for those who are seeking a divorce or judicial separation. The online divorce service removes the need for paper forms that currently need to be completed and filed at court. The new service is “fully digital” and enables the whole divorce process to be completed ...