Supporting YoungMinds on World Mental Health Day

October 7, 2019

Family Law in Partnership are supporting YoungMinds on World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2019. YoungMinds is a charity providing support for children and young people’s mental health in times of crisis or at times of difficulty. YoungMinds’ mission is “for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.”

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Travelling abroad with children after divorce

July 17, 2018

When couples separate, living apart is a natural consequence and children commonly find themselves with two homes as a result. Where the parents are international, there is a sense of inevitability that one parent (usually the mother as primary carer) will want to return to their country of origin if that person has few or

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The Voice of the Child: during family breakdown and beyond

June 21, 2018

The article “The Voice of the Child: During Family Breakdown and Beyond” now features on the website of Our Family Wizard. The article was written by Family Law in Partnership directors Helen Greenfield and Elizabeth Fletcher and examines how the voice of the child can be heard during negotiations surrounding family breakdown. Our Family Wizard

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The voice of the child: during family breakdown and beyond

June 14, 2018

In this blog Helen Greenfield and Elizabeth Fletcher, directors at Family Law in Partnership, examine how the voice of the child can be heard during proceedings involving family breakdown.  Decisions which impact on children’s lives should not be made without an awareness and understanding of how children themselves will respond.  It is, after all, the children who

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Is Mediation to Arbitration the answer when parents can’t agree?

May 11, 2017

Parents generally know best when it comes to making decisions about their children’s futures and this certainly underpins our family justice system. Children have a right to be consulted and their views considered, according to their age and stage, but thereafter generally parents will decide and usually choose the best of the available options. The

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do…But It Needn’t Be!

August 31, 2016

Life can have its ups and downs. Sometimes we may need others to help us through the more difficult times. Thinking about separating, for example, is likely to seem bewilderingly complex. This is a time when breaking everything down into manageable pieces, as well as keeping in mind the big picture, may help to make

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What’s Brexit got to do with my children and my divorce?

July 7, 2016

“Brexit – it’s been hard to think of much else over the last couple of weeks”, says Ruth Smallacombe of Family Law in Partnership. “I saw a very powerful letter from a group of 14 and 15 year olds in one of the newspapers which articulated how they, as one of the generations likely to

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How to Divorce Well

July 1, 2016

This fascinating talk (28/06/16) focused on the legal aspects of the divorce process and the psychological impact of divorce, particularly when one party has narcissistic personality traits. Dr Angela Smith set out her Golden Rules for dealing with a partner with narcissistic personality: Separate yourself from the narcissistic behaviour; Set boundaries between yourself and your

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