Category: Separated Parents

What does the New Year mean for your relationship?

Now the decorations have come down and people have recovered from the Christmas festivities is the time that families reflect on what they want to achieve from the year ahead.

Sadly, for many this means a decision to separate from a marriage or a partnership. A New Year, and for 2020 a new decade, can have a strange effect on people and give them a boost to make and implement life changing decisions.

These should never be taken likely and it is always upsetting when a relationship breaks down, particularly when children are involved.

In 2019, there were hopes that there would be widespread reform of the divorce system within England and Wales. Due to complications around Brexit and the snap General Election, these proposals were put on hold and their future remains uncertain. Those hoping to initiate proceedings under a ‘no fault’ divorce will have to use the grounds under the current system, which are: Adultery, Unreasonable Behaviour, Desertion – 2 continuous years, 2 years separation with consent and 5 years separation – no consent required.

There is however an exciting shake up to the laws surrounding relationships in 2020 for heterosexual couples. For the first time they will have with the ability to choose whether to enter into a marriage or a civil partnership, which has previously only been available to same-sex couples. It will be interesting to see how many take advantage of this option throughout the year.

Maybe people we advise feel a sense of loss or embarrassment over the breakdown of their relationship. Our approach is to listen to our clients and provide non-judgmental and pragmatic support and guidance during an initial consultation and throughout the process.

If you have a family law query, then please contact our team at Lund Bennett Law LLP on 0161 924 0079.

Back to school creates its own issues for separated parents

Now the summer holidays are ending, and the oh-so-frightening GCSE results day has passed, separated parents are having to carefully consider how to deal with contact arrangements for term-time.
With the new school term approaching, parents are having to negotiate the drop-offs and pick-ups whilst also considering other matters such as uniforms and various school equipment. These discussions can quickly become topics of heated discussion.

Navigating such arrangements with an ex-partner can be tricky and the resulting disagreements can have a negative impact on the children. The key to such arrangements is effective communication. Sometimes this requires taking a step back from the situation and have a professional help both parties to evaluate the important issues.

Except in limited circumstances, such as where there are issues of domestic violence, both parties are required to attend mediation prior to starting court proceedings. This is to try to encourage parents to resolve their disputes without needing to incur the associated emotional and financial costs.

A recent review has revealed that the levels of private children applications starting in the family courts is at an all-time high. Having an effective process in place with clear advice from a family law solicitor can make all the difference and potentially avoid the need for parents going to court.

If you have a family law query, then please contact our team at Lund Bennett Law LLP on 0161 924 0079.