Adoption in the Social Media Age



In the Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture, which took place in March 2017, Lord Justice McFarlane posed a number of highly current and thought provoking questions. The lecture was entitled “Holding the Risk: the balance between child protection and the right to family life”, and was in memory of Bridget Lindley of the Family Rights Group who sadly died last year. ...
 
Director Razia Jogi

Family Law Blog: Getting a divorce granted by the court



By Razia Jogi, Director & Solicitor, Family Law On 14th February, a date usually associated with romantic love, the Court of Appeal was invited to overturn a decision and grant a woman a divorce that she had previously sought in the Family Court in 2016 but was refused. Last year, Tini Owens, the wife, sought a divorce on the basis that the ...
 
Clare Peckett Head of Family Law

Married or unmarried: Are all couples the same in the eyes of the law?



By Clare Peckett, Director, Solicitor & Head of Family Law In today’s society, it’s usually fair to expect that everyone will be treated equally by organisations such as our employers or pension schemes. However, this is not always the case, as Denise Brewster found when her partner of many years, Lenny McMullan, suddenly died aged just 43. Even though they had ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Mediation Blog: It’s good to talk



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator Mary and Steve’s* marriage had broken down. Unsurprisingly, their lives were in quite a mess. They wanted to find a way out of that mess that didn’t destroy what remained of their relationship. They chose to give mediation a try. It’s good to talk “So, you thought it was a good idea to ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Family Mediation Week 23–27 January 2017



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator This week is Family Mediation Week and mediators across the country are raising awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. Organised by the Family Mediators Association, this year Family Mediation Week focuses on minimising the potentially harmful effect of relationship breakdown upon children. It aims to encourage separating couples to think about ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Mediation blog: We all need reassurance



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Family Mediator In Andrew Baines’ latest family mediation blog, we pick up the thread of Mary and Steve’s story as they try to settle their disagreements and separate in an amicable way. I had spent some time with Steve and Mary in their mediation and had spotted that they were spending a great deal of ...
 
Family Solicitor Sarah Laughey

Domestic Violence and the Harassment Warning Letter



By Sarah Laughey, Solicitor In this blog, Family Law Solicitor Sarah Laughey looks at the practical support a family solicitor can provide to those affected by domestic violence. She describes a scenario involving a fictional client who is a victim of domestic abuse and has decided to seek legal help. It is 9.30am on Monday morning and my first appointment of the day ...
 
Director Razia Jogi

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women



By Razia Jogi, Director & Solicitor, Family Law On 25 November 1963, three sisters were killed under the orders of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, a Dominican politician and ruthless dictator. The husbands of the three sisters, Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa, had been arrested and imprisoned for being involved in a movement against the dictator and his regime. The three sisters and ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Mediation – more Mary Berry than Brian Cox



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor and Family Mediator Sorting out family breakdowns nowadays is done usually through either mediation or the legal process. I would liken mediation to a Mary Berry kind of way forward and the legal process more of a Brian Cox solution. So how come? The difference arises from the different principles that underpin the two processes. In ...
 
Director Razia Jogi

Symptoms of Violence: The Archers domestic abuse storyline



By Razia Jogi, Director & Solicitor, Family Law [Warning: This article contains spoilers] On Sunday 11th September five million listeners tuned into the country’s longest running radio soap opera, The Archers. They had been waiting to hear the outcome of an ongoing dramatic storyline, which has highlighted the issue of domestic abuse. In Sunday’s episode Helen Titchener was found not guilty in relation to ...