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Voice of the Child in Dispute Resolution Processes

When I ask any separating parent what their priorities are, I 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 is

Letter of wishes and divorce

Letter of Wishes – what is it and why have one if you are updating your Will as a result of separating from your partner? We welcome Ian Flack, Managing Director at Flackwoods, to the FLP blog to explain what a Letter of Wishes is, and why you should think about one when re-writing your

Committal proceedings – effective or a risky-game?

Here at Family Law Partners, we try to facilitate settlement out of court wherever possible. However, without disclosure by both parties, this simply isn’t possible. Similarly, without disclosure, a Judge is unlikely to order a financial settlement, as they would not know whether the settlement properly reflects the assets held between the parties. So, what

Divorce: what are your options?

Divorce can be a stressful and distressing time, so choosing the right option to end your relationship and the right process can be a challenge. But it’s vitally important. Often the individual personal circumstances will determine which process will be adopted. We are committed to non-adversarial approaches to resolving matters and encourage the use of

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