Tag Archives: Family Law

Family Law FAQ: Child Custody

Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as ‘custody’ in English law anymore. This is an outdated term which has since been replaced by the concept of child arrangements orders and parental responsibility. The fact that many parents still understand the process of arranging their child’s living arrangements following separation or divorce as getting custody is a testament to the generally murky understanding of this area of family law.
Divorce and separation are emotionally taxing processes for all, especially any children involved. Naturally, parents wish to carry out the necessary arrangements with as a little disruption to their child’s life as possible. We’ve gathered a series of common questions our barristers have been posed by parents and devised answers to them, to make sure your understanding of child arrangements orders is…

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New Article by Gabrielle Jan Posner Published on Family Law Week

In her latest article for Family Law Week, Gabrielle, one of our family law experts, highlights that within private law children’s proceedings, Child Contact Interventions can be an extremely effective tool in resolving disputes about contact arrangements. She argues that more use should be made of them and shares her top tips for achieving a successful outcome.
To read the full article on Family Law Week, click here: bit.ly/GJPChildContactInterventions.

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Family Law Jargon Buster

Divorce or separation is said to be the second most stressful event in a person’s life after the death of a spouse. If you and your ex husband/wife/partner cannot agree about the arrangements for your child(ren) and/or are not able to agree about your finances, the prospect of having to go to court to sort it out may seem very daunting and is probably adding to your stress levels.
This is why there are initiatives designed to resolve divorce and other family law proceedings without having to go to court, such as mediation and arbitration.
Recently, there has been a real effort to make court proceedings more accessible and to use plain language. In one case last year, when the judgment was to be read by a young person, an esteemed High Court Judge spoke in simple sentences and put in emojis. Family judges have come a long way from the cantank…

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Christmas Time and Child Arrangements Orders

Christmas is a time for family, and for most parents being with your children to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year is a given. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, being together as a family simply isn’t workable. When you are going through a separation or are divorced, it can often be a happier solution for everyone involved for parents to split the time they have with their children over the Christmas period.
It can be tempting to avoid making these arrangements for as long as possible to prevent a dispute, but the further in advance these decisions are made, the less stressful it will be for all parties – especially the children. Expectations can be set and everyone can enjoy their Christmas knowing exactly what it will involve.
Understandably, there can be conflict between parents over what they think is best for the c…

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