As with so many things on divorce, whether you will be expected to share inherited wealth with your ex-partner is a matter for the court’s discretion and this will include an assessment of what it considers fair in your particular situation. Generally speaking, the court would prefer you not to require you to hand over
In my previous blog I discussed the issue of parental alienation. This issue has again been brought into public debate following the recent publication of the High Court Judgement in Re L (A Child)  EWHC 867. In this case, the President of the Family Division of the High Court dismissed an appeal against an
The dynamics between you and the partner you are separating from may be complex, so might the matters that you need to sort out. In which case co-mediation might be just what you are looking for to finally help find solutions and a constructive way forward. As the well-known phrase states “two heads are better
Alan Larkin writes for Solicitors Journal (March 2019 issue). A few weeks back, a corporate solicitor gave me a look that betrayed, just fleetingly, mild disquiet, perhaps even pity, at finding that my legal practice lay in family law. It chimed with similar looks of alarm and, if I’m honest, sometimes disdain, from legal peers
Divorce and separation are two of the most stressful experiences we can experience in life. The Holmes and Rahe stress scale puts them second only to the death of a spouse – worse than imprisonment, serious injury or losing your job. It is hardly surprising that mental health issues arise in many of the cases
Family Law Partners has announced further growth to its thriving South East practice with the arrival of respected family lawyer Kate Elliott who joins from Starke & Co. Joining as a Consultant Solicitor, Kate’s arrival follows the company’s expansion into London with a new office in Marylebone for the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500
At the end of a relationship, there can often be animosity between the parties. This can sometimes spill out into arrangements for childcare. In recent years, there has been a high level of media attention around the concept of ‘parental alienation’, leading many of our clients to mention this when they first contact us. Many
Alan Larkin writes for Solicitors Journal (February 2019 issue). Stockholm, October 2018. I’m at the IBM University Analytics conference, sitting in on an analytics session, surrounded by data scientists. What possible relevance could data analytics have for English family law? The journey that took me to Stockholm began two years earlier when I obtained a
What can you do if you reach a ‘deadlock’ when negotiating with the partner you are separating from?
Negotiating can be tough at the best of times let alone when you are going through a relationship break down. It is very common for separating couples to reach an impasse, a situation in which no progress is possible, when trying to work out a way forward after their relationship has come to an end.
There is a popular story in business schools which goes something like this: The new CEO of Black & Decker asked his board of directors what their business did. He held up a drill – “is this what we sell?” he asked. “Yes,” said the directors, nodding; “that’s one of ours; that’s what we sell”.