Our Top Tips for the First Christmas after a Divorce or Separation

December 5, 2018

The first Christmas after a separation or divorce can be a difficult time for everyone concerned, particularly your children. Here is our Christmas list with tips to help you ensure that the holiday period is as harmonious as possible. Children Put your children first. Consider what is best for your children over the holiday period


Top tips on using social media when you divorce

December 4, 2018

There has been plenty of coverage on the roles of Facebook and other social media sites in the breakdown of marriages. Yet little attention seems to be given to the impact that social media can have when you’re actually going through a divorce. In this blog we have put together our top tips for using social


Broken engagements – How can I get back what I spent on the wedding?

December 3, 2018

At Family Law in Partnership we appreciate that as family lawyers, mediators and family consultants we meet, to a large extent, a self-selecting group of people. But the number approaching us with tales of woe about their broken engagements is alarming. The result is not only the anguish and upset of a broken engagement but also a potentially unpleasant


Travelling abroad with your child this Xmas – do you need the other parent’s consent?

November 26, 2018

As a separated or divorced parent, you may be planning to take your child away with you this Christmas. Aside from all of the practical considerations, you will need to consider whether you have the consent of your child’s other parent to the trip. Increasingly immigration officials in other countries are requesting not only a letter evidencing


Calculating lump sum payments on divorce – the Duxbury Tables

November 21, 2018

In this guest blog, Chartered Financial Planner Edward Gascoigne examines the assumptions underlying the calculation of lump sum payments made by the Duxbury Tables, the industry standard mechanism for capitalising an income stream on divorce. “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42”, so wrote Douglas Adams in the


The Myths and Facts of Cohabitation: What are your Legal Rights?

There are many areas of law where the general public’s understanding of the law has been distorted by years of rumours, or media stories designed to sensationalise actual events. Very few have become as distorted as the myths surround the rights of cohabitees – that is people that live together in a relationship but aren’t married. Here


Top Ten Tips For Your First Mediation Meeting

November 19, 2018

In this blog, Family Law in Partnership’s Head of Mediation Dominic Raeside outlines his top ten tips for preparing for your first mediation meeting. Attending your first mediation meeting can be a daunting occasion. You may not have had much contact since you separated or, if you are living in the same house, you may have


Divorce – what if I move out of the house?

November 15, 2018

The idea that “if I move out of the house I will lose all of my rights to it”, is one of the great divorce myths. If you are thinking of moving out, however, there are some pitfalls to bear in mind: Is it the right thing? This is probably the answer that you know already.  People generally


The inheritance tax burden and civil partnerships for cohabiting siblings: right idea, wrong approach?

October 22, 2018

In this blog, Family Law in Partnership director David Allison and associate Carla Ditz re-examine how and why civil partnerships came into being, the successful campaign to allow heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership and the proposals for ‘committed siblings’ to be able to form civil partnerships. Let’s turn back the clock. It’s


World Mental Health Day: Top Tips to Help You Through Divorce

October 10, 2018

In this blog Family Law in Partnership counsellor and family consultant Jo Harrison offers her top tips to help you deal with the impact of relationship breakdown. Family breakdown, whether or not culminating in separation or divorce, is ranked as one of the most stressful life events. It creates a series of challenges on the

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