Is the judge dealing with my case biased?

Concerns about biased judges are often raised in family law. It may, for example, be a concern that a judge dealing with a financial remedy claim on divorce is biased in favour of husbands or wives, or that a judge dealing with a children case is biased against fathers or mothers. General concerns about judicial…

How writing your own statements can jeopardise your case.

Representing yourself at court? Is it wise to draft your own statement? Since legal aid has been limitedly available since 2013, many people are representing themselves at court. The only benefit for people representing themselves is that they save on legal fees. There are many potential pitfalls for people representing themselves, one of which is…

Sharp rise in number of divorces

The latest annual statistics for divorces in England and Wales, for 2019, have been published by the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’), and they provide some interesting reading. Largest increase since 1972 The headline finding from the statistics was that there were 107,599 opposite-sex divorces in 2019, an increase of 18.4% from 90,871 in 2018,…

Concerns raised over the use of remote court hearings

Since the introduction of social distancing measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic the family court has widely adopted the use of remote court hearings, in which some or all of the participants take part via telephone or video link. Whilst remote hearings are not entirely new, and whilst it had for some time been intended…

Judge warns against referring family matters to court unnecessarily

As a result of COVID-19 the court is dealing with a backlog of cases and the court system is feeling the strain. You may have a case already waiting to be heard. It’s taking a lot longer for cases to be heard initially and for cases to be listed for hearings overall. The delays are…

What is parental alienation?

  What is parental alienation? When parents separate sometimes a child may resist or refuse to spend time with the non-resident parent. There is no single definition in law with regard to what parental alienation is. Cafcass recognise parental alienation as “When a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is…

Domestic abuse protection during Covid-19

• Are you being abused by a partner? • Are you not sure if you’re suffering abuse? Domestic abuse affects men & women. Domestic abuse can be.. (Examples) Physical abuse Verbal abuse Financial abuse Sexual abuse Coercive control Harassment Intimidation Stalking… You may feel:- • Frightened and anxious • Isolated from friends & family •…

Are social services concerned about your care for your child/children?

Social services become involved with families for various reasons. Their role is to ensure children receive “good enough” care. Once social services are involved with your family you will be anxious that they may remove your child/children from your care. This is always a risk when social services have concerns about your standard of care…

Are Social Services involved with your children?

Are Social Services involved with your family? if so, please watch this video.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact upon child arrangements

As a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns have been raised by separated parents regarding the impact the current lockdown will have on child arrangements. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson addressed the Country on Monday 23rd March 2020 and announced that the government was bringing in special measures to try to limit the spread of coronavirus.…

Should I represent myself at court?

There is so much pressure on the court system with Judges hefty caseloads that it compelled Sir Andrew Macfarlane to speak about this in the Guardian recently. A review will be launched on the current system and we look forward to reading it. Since the changes in accessing Legal Aid in 2013 there have been…

My partner and I live together – do we need a Cohabitation Agreement?

An increasing number of couples are choosing to live together without formalising the relationship by getting married. Cohabiting essentially brings the same responsibilities and lifestyles as those experienced by married couples, children, a mortgage and other financial commitments – but beware, cohabiting brings fewer legal rights than being married. Not many people consider the implications…

I know I am a victim of domestic abuse but have been suffering in silence. Where can I turn?

Domestic violence comes in several forms, can be both physical, financial and emotional and has devastating effects on the victim. An abusive relationship is extremely personal to those affected. They often carry the burden alone for a long period of time with incredible feelings of guilt before coming to terms with the fact that they…

We are separating but do not want to divorce yet. How can we make sure we are both protected until the divorce?

There are occasions when couples separate but don’t wish to or can’t instigate divorce proceedings. They may want to delay the legal process, have hopes of a reconciliation, the marriage may have lasted less than a year or it may not be possible to prove any one of the five reasons necessary in providing grounds…

How do I address the financial matters within my divorce?

Finance is one of the most difficult issues to be addressed when dealing with divorce. In cases where relationships are relatively amicable there can still be major obstacles to overcome, while in others where it’s become bitter and confrontational things can seem impossible. Both parties understand an agreement must be achieved at some point and…