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”.
Children depend on their family unit for stability and support. If that unit is to be changed as a result of divorce then careful consideration needs to be given as to how that can be managed to limit any detrimental impact on the children. In this blog we explore some top tips to minimise the
That was the question that was put to me by another lawyer recently after I expressed astonishment that legal costs in the long-running Quan v Bray divorce had reached £7m. “You know what doesn’t cost £7m?” I asked. “Mediation.” “I wonder whether it’s possible to mediate without establishing the factual matrix and asset base” he replied. On the face
In part 1 of this blog series, I looked at what rights you have if your child divorces. We explored how complications can arise if you have provided your child with money to help them purchase their home and they are married (or later gets married) and then the marriage breaks down. As explained in
Alan Larkin writes for Solicitors Journal (January 2019 issue). It struck me, at the end of a recent strategy team day, that the word ‘honesty’ had inserted itself on flip charts and peppered our discussions, alongside the usual suspects of ‘trust’ and ‘vision’. Honesty towards clients, colleagues, legal peers in other firms and with oneself.
It is estimated that around 2,000 children are conceived with the help of a sperm donor every year in the UK (Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority). Individuals who are thinking about donating their sperm must ensure they are aware of their legal rights and responsibilities. The facts about sperm donor responsibilities In the eyes of
Now the dust has settled on the start of the New Year what changes does 2019 hold for family law? In this blog piece I take a look at some of the trends, shifts and changes that are set to have an impact on family law – for separating/divorcing couples and their families, as well