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Can you divorce during lockdown?

A toolkit for family breakdown in the lockdown The coronavirus crisis is redefining lifestyles and the boundaries of our interactions; a situation that can challenge even the strongest bonds.  For couples who are struggling in their relationship, or trying to manage co-parenting, anxiety levels are likely to be heightened if it seems there is nowhere…

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How to avoid a Christmas break-up

Talking and teamwork to tackle Christmas divorce  Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but Christmas break-up continues to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky relationships to focus on talking to each other in the run up to the festive period.  Many attribute the stress…

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What is classed as Private Fostering?

In 2000, the country was shocked to the core by the murder of 8-year-old Victoria Climbié. She was privately fostered with her great aunt, who had arranged a fostering agreement with the child’s parents. After this tragic case, legislation was swiftly introduced to stop another tragedy by ensuring that vulnerable children were placed in safe,…

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The question of surrogacy law in the UK

It’s an area of family law that isn’t often discussed in public. Indeed, many people incorrectly think that it’s still illegal in this country. But surrogacy is an accepted practice in England and throughout the UK, as long as it isn’t done for profit. However, in June the Law Commission of England and Wales, along…

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MIAM – what you need to know about family mediation

Family breakups are, without doubt, one of the most stressful and upsetting processes anyone can go through. This is particularly true if there are children involved, and/or the separation is not amicable. Divorce can be a long, drawn-out process that can also hit your finances hard, especially if every communication is done through a solicitor.…