How do I broach the subject of divorce or separation with my other half?

August 14, 2019

Approaching your partner to discuss a possible separation or divorce is a huge step. Indeed, the vast majority of our clients here at Family Law in Partnership find the prospect of this initial conversation daunting, especially when they are a family of more than two. We have put together our top tips based on the

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“Treat divorce as a process – it will come to an end at some point.”

August 13, 2019

This is just one of the top tips given by contributors to our Divorce Diaries website. The website brings together the experiences of over 25 of our former clients who have been through a divorce or separation. Divorce Diaries is the brainwave of Family Law in Partnership director James Pirrie. Here he explains how the

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Should I get a pre-nuptial agreement?

July 17, 2019

“Should I get a pre-nuptial agreement?” This is a question that I am asked regularly. People enter into pre-nuptial agreements for a variety of reasons: protection of inherited wealth; protection of a family business; protection of a rapidly growing new business/start-up (entrepreneurs); wanting to secure an inheritance for children of a first marriage; and/or certainty

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Can I have a share of my spouse’s pension on divorce?

May 28, 2019

In this blog, Family Law in Partnership Senior Associate Mariko Wilson and Professional Support Lawyer Carla Ditz take a look at how pensions are treated on divorce. How are assets (including pensions) divided on divorce? The division of assets (including pensions) on divorce will very much depend on the particular circumstances of your family. However,

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How to take the stress out of pre-nuptial agreements by Jo Harrison

May 13, 2019

It’s that moment when he gets down on bended knee, puts his hand in his pocket and pulls out….a pre-nuptial agreement – otherwise known as a real corker of a passion killer. Cut swiftly to the family lawyers and there is a huge pressure on them when faced with negotiating a pre-nuptial agreement. On the

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Price of success: the hidden costs of financial dispute resolution hearings

May 8, 2019

FDRs (financial dispute resolution hearings) were going to make divorce proceedings fairer and faster but instead they have led to mechanical lawyering and divorce lawyers must now offer better solutions for clients, says James Pirrie director at Family Law in Partnership. The current family court scheme first saw the light of day in 1996 with

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Going it alone: facing the family court without legal representation

May 7, 2019

There can be no substitute for good legal advice and support during the court process. The effect of having a good legal team or going it alone can bring varied outcomes, whether you are dealing with finances on relationship breakdown or matters concerning children. But what if a party simply is not in a position

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“Causing avoidable harm” – Cross examination and the Litigant in Person

April 24, 2019

Cross-examination is a daunting prospect for anyone let alone when facing an ex-partner and in circumstances when there has been domestic violence.  This is an occurrence that is unfortunately all too common in the family justice system but how can that change whilst access to representation is ever limited and there is no standardised process

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“Teenage Mental Health: Are We Taking it Seriously?” by Family Law in Partnership

April 4, 2019

Our thought leadership talk on Tuesday 26th March 2019 tackled the important topic of teenage mental health. NHS England online reports that one in four adults and one in ten children experience mental illness. Meanwhile, statistics from YoungMinds, a leading charity involved in young people’s mental health, tell us that roughly 3 children in every

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Single Parents’ Day 2019!

March 21, 2019

21st March marks Single Parents’ Day, a day for recognising the dedication, hard work and sacrifices made by many single parents around the world. Separating parents will, in almost every case, say that their number one priority is to make sure their children (especially where there are very young children) are protected from the effects of

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