What is parenting coordination?

Parenting coordination is a child-focused dispute resolution process for separated parents designed to try and minimise conflict.  Parenting Coordinators assist families who may be struggling to implement agreed arrangements for their children from a court order or parenting agreement.  It is most often used where there is high conflict between the parents but who wish

External Child Relocation: A Case Study

Child relocation is a complex area of law. In this blog, I use a fictional case study to explain a practical application of the law on external relocation; getting permission from the court (in the absence of consent between parents) to permanently remove a child from the jurisdiction of England and Wales.  Every family’s circumstances

Separation rights for cohabiting couples

Like many family lawyers, I regularly meet with clients who are under the impression that, because they have lived with their partner for a long period of time, they automatically have a financial claim against their partner. However, this is not the case. The starting point is that, unlike couples who are married or in

Capitalising Spousal Maintenance – what does this mean?

In divorce and civil partnership dissolutions one of the powers open to the court is – where circumstances permit – to capitalise spousal maintenance.  Capitalisation of a spousal maintenance order simply means rolling future spousal maintenance payments into a one-off payment. Significantly, it does not apply to child maintenance. The court already has the duty

How long does it take to get a divorce?

One of the questions we often get asked is ‘how long does it take to get a divorce.’ Unfortunately, there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question. Timescales will largely depend on the individual circumstances of each case. In this case study, I will look at some of the factors which affect

Collaborative Law: Back to Basics

In March 2020, my colleague, Rachel Nicholl, and I qualified as collaborative lawyers.  It has opened my eyes to a better, kinder, client-led and solution focussed way of working.  I have already been able to put into practice the excellent skills that I have learned from the course, which has influenced and enhanced my practice