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 ...
 
Director Razia Jogi

Forced Marriage: Sentencing of convicted parents due this month



By Razia Jogi, Director & Solicitor, Joint Head of Family Law After much campaigning, forced marriage became a criminal offence in June 2014. Campaigners were of the hope and belief that by making forced marriage a criminal offence it would send “a powerful message” and give victims the confidence to come forward. The first ever forced marriage conviction that followed ...
 
Toby Netting Family Solicitor

Owens v Owens – when “Allegro” means slow



By Toby Netting, Solicitor & Head of Family Law Sheffield The 17th May saw five Supreme Court Judges being asked to decide if Tini Owens can divorce her husband Hugh Owens. The couple have been married for over 40 years and Mrs Owens wants to bring the marriage to an end; her husband does not. He defended her divorce petition, ...
 

First Impressions: New BBC drama “The Split”



By Clare Peckett, Director & Solicitor, Family Law Department The world portrayed by the new BBC drama The Split and the legal world of Wakefield, seem to those of us working in Wakefield a million miles apart. In many ways they are, but one of the city’s own daughters Annabel Scholey is playing one of the principal characters, Nina Defoe. ...
 

Domestic abuse sentencing guidelines updated



By Clare Peckett, Director & Solicitor, Family Law Department In recent years, alongside increasing social awareness around domestic abuse issues, it has been a relief to see that there has also been progress within the justice system towards understanding the ways that domestic abuse is perpetrated and its prevalence in society.  The Crown Prosecution Service recently revealed shocking statistics which show that: Domestic ...