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What are the grounds for divorce?

This blog is part of a series of blogs on divorce and outlines the facts you can rely on to apply to the court for a divorce. The only ground for a divorce in England and Wales is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. When applying to the court for a divorce the person

Associate promotions at Family Law Partners

Leading South East firm Family Law Partners has announced, at the start of this new financial year, news of internal promotions for three of its family law specialists. Gemma Garrett, Lauren Guy and Chris Maulkin have today been made Associates. The growing team, which announced its expansion into Horsham in February, comprises eight collaborative lawyers, three mediators

What the Family Courts expect from Parents

As a result of the strict criterion that applies to eligibility for legal aid within most private family law proceedings, a greater number of parents are now unable to access assistance with legal costs. As a consequence there has been an upward trend in the number of parents who are representing themselves in resolving matters

Collaborative Law arrives in Horsham

A kinder divorce via the collaborative process? Family Law Partners have opened a base in Horsham to provide a better way for local families to deal with their divorce or separation. The traditional court process can exacerbate conflict and polarise those involved at what is already a difficult time. When there are children involved this

Mediation vs court

As mediators who promote a non-adversarial approach to divorce and relationship breakdown, we’re always encouraging couples to seek alternatives to the court route. But the traditional way can, sadly, be so entrenched in peoples’ minds as the way to end a marriage that it’s not always possible to find the right words to persuade people

Press score an own goal

First, let me declare an interest in this issue. I really dislike celebrity culture, and in particular, the “celebretariat” (Toby Young’s word to explain people who are famous for being famous!). The aspiration some people have to be famous misses a massive beat with me. The insatiable desire of the press to report on celebrity

New relationships and divorce – dating during divorce (Part Three)

In this blog series on new relationships and divorce, we have considered the legal consequences as well as the impact on your family if you enter into a new relationship. In this third and final part of the series, Family Consultant Leia Monsoon of Family Transitions shares her experience of the emotional impact of dating

What do family lawyer qualifications really mean?

Family law qualifications can be difficult to understand if you are not a lawyer yourself. Choosing a family lawyer to guide you through the legal process in relation to divorce or a family law matter is a very individual and personal decision. Alongside those very personal considerations is the all-important choice of what type of