Category: Family Law

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CAFCASS guidelines on ‘parental alienation’

CAFCASS guidelines on ‘parental alienation’

Cafcass have released new guidance designed to help welfare officers identify and assess cases which feature parental alienation.  The guidance defines parental alienation as follows: When a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent. The guidance explains how Cafcass seeks to […]

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“No Fault” Divorce

“No Fault” Divorce

The Law Society have welcomed the government plans to reform the divorce process to remove the concept of fault.  Many legal professionals feel current divorce law is out of date, particularly following the 2018 Owens v Owens case. The Ministry of Justice issued a consultation on its plans in September 2018.  The consultation closed in […]

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Divorce Day 2019

Divorce Day 2019

Following on from our previous blog, the 7th January was dubbed as Divorce Day. “Divorce Day” is a term used by lawyers and law firms to typically describe the time of year when they receive a surge of new enquiries from couples about divorce. According to data analysed by divorce support service Amicable, more than […]

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Is separation seasonal?

Is separation seasonal?

As practising Family Solicitors looking at the trends over the years there appears to be a spike following summer vacation and the Christmas break. Looking further into this, it appears that troubled couples may see the holidays as a time to perhaps soothe relationships and address underlying issues by being away from their usual daily […]

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Parental Alienation Syndrome

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Where one parent poisons their child against the other this is known as parental alienation, the ultimate aim of which is to persuade the child to permanently exclude that parent from their life. In the case of Re H-B (2015) His Honour Judge Wildblood held the following view: “where two parents share parental responsibility, it […]

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Christmas Holiday Arrangements

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

With Christmas fast approaching, it is a period when people wish to travel abroad to see family.  It is important to note that when both parties have parental responsibility for a child the other parent’s consent must be obtained prior to taking the child out of the jurisdiction of England & Wales. If consent is […]

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Lies during a Divorce

Lies during a Divorce

When separating, you are likely to have to deal with a number of issues which could include property, debts, assets, child arrangements, or possibly child/spousal support.  Out of fear and to protect his/her interests, your spouse may tend to mislead the Court by not quite telling the truth.  Or maybe your spouse is exaggerating their […]

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