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Surrogacy and reasonable expenses

Parents who have a child via surrogacy must obtain a Parental Order to end the surrogate’s parental rights (and those of her spouse or civil partner if she has one) and to ensure that they are recognised as the legal parents of their child. Section 54 of The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 sets

Court vs Mediation – A Case Study in Nine Coffees

Court v Mediation – A Case Study in Nine Coffees The benefits of mediation are countless. As we have explored in other blogs and materials for Family Mediation Week 2020, mediation works. It can be used to achieve more constructive outcomes and help ex partners be the parents they want to be post separation or

How do you get an unwilling partner to try Mediation?

Your relationship has broken down, emotions may be running quite high. You are both trying to deal with matters, particularly if you have children together but it’s not quite working. You’ve been for legal advice or you’ve researched online and you think you would like to try mediation. You have suggested this to your ex-partner

Domicile and Surrogacy – What you need to know?

Why is domicile important? According to UK law when a child is born via surrogacy the surrogate who gives birth to the child is recognised as the child’s legal mother.  If the surrogate is married, the surrogate’s husband is the child’s legal father.  The intended parents must apply for a parental order in order to

Such a lonely word: reinventing honesty

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.

Voice of the Child in Dispute Resolution Processes

  When we ask any separating parent what their priorities are, we almost always get the same answer – my children.  All parents want the best for their children but often have different ideas as to what ‘is best’. These differences often create conflict in the family, with the child stuck in the middle.  This