“Grand-Parental Leave” on the Agenda
It was announced this week at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester that grandparents are to be allowed to take time off work and share parental leave pay to help care for their grandchildren. Chancellor George Osborne suggests more than half of mothers rely on grandparents for childcare when they first return to work after […]
Pre and post nups. The end of romance or a touch of realism?
For some reason, the end of this summer has brought about a dramatic upturn in instructions for pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Whether it’s as a result of the dismal weather, the end of the wedding season or a spate of romantic engagements in the soaps, I can’t say. Who am I, a mere family […]
How to get the best from your family lawyer
The legal system maybe complex but working with your lawyer shouldn’t be. Once you’ve decided you need the services of a specialist family lawyer how do you get the best from them? Communicate Don’t be afraid to ask questions Ask for clarification if you don’t understand what your lawyer is telling you Listen to advice […]
Thinking of a post summer split?
If the summer holiday left you considering separation do you know what steps to take? Michelle Simpson talks through some of the things you need to consider. A good starting point is to consider what it is you want from your separation or divorce and where you would like to see yourself in twelve months […]
5 tips to help your child through divorce or separation
When parents decide to separate not only is this a stressful situation for the adults involved but also for the children in those families. Separation may mean a child has to move away from their old home or area that they are used to; a change of schools; the loss of friends as well as […]
Tragic Incident Brings Barder into Spotlight
The suicide of a man just 22 days after a final financial consent order had been signed with his wife within divorce proceedings led to his settlement of £17.3m order being appealed and overturned in what is known as a ‘Barder’ event. As a result of his suicide, the man’s wife was successful in reducing […]
Divorcing in America is Different to England, No Doubt.
Reports in the media suggest Gwen Stefani, singer with the rock band No Doubt, has filed for a divorce in America from her musician husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. Whilst it is unknown what those differences are one thing is very clear, it couldn’t happen in England and Wales – for […]
How to manage family events after separation
The school holidays are nearly upon us and it’s a time which can be a flash point for arguments between separated parents. I hear complaints from fathers that their ex won’t let them have any holiday time with the children or that the mothers have filled up the children’s time with activities that the father […]
When a last will and testament might not be all it seems
You may be forgiven for thinking that instructions you write in your Will would always be executed exactly. If you also took the trouble to draft side letters expressly stating that your executors should carry out your Will to the letter that would be fine, right? Wrong. When Melita Jackson died in 2004 she made […]
Childcare proceedings on Corrie’s cobbles
Coronation Street fans have seen Max’s stepfather David battle with Max’s biological father, Callum over contact. But it seems that the storyline is only focusing on who is going to ‘win’ in court with David and Callum going to extravagant lengths to make the other ‘lose’. Whilst this might be necessary to keep corrie fans […]