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I am a solicitor specialising in all aspects of family law. I am regularly contacted for advice about marriage, divorce, children, pre nups, gay and lesbian parenting etc. I want to use this blog to dispel myths about family law and comment on reports in the press that may concern readers. I will also be responding to your questions so do blog for general advice! In my spare time I will be acting as Partner at www.bestsolicitorsllp.co.uk.
Posted at 9:36am Friday 26th August 2011
Gay marriages, surrogacy, IVF babies, gay adoption and gay parenting are all put under the umbrella of ‘alternative families’ because they are unusual.
Posted at 3:59pm Wednesday 20th July 2011
The surrogate mother doesn't have to give you the baby. The fact that you have spent hundreds or even thousands on making her pregnancy as comfortable as possible is irrelevant.
Posted at 3:53pm Wednesday 20th July 2011
Wendi Deng’s instinctive reaction to the atrocious and indefensible attack on Rupert Murdoch was met with applause in our office. Whatever the protestor’s intentions, the incident only served to shift the mood slightly in favour of the Murdochs, distracting from the scandal. Best regards Harjit Sarang
Posted at 11:45am Thursday 26th May 2011
Thank you for your question. You have been living with your partner for 13 years and have 3 children. Marriage has never been an issue because neither of you are religious. You are independent and individually wealthy which is one of the reasons why the relationship works so well. The children are aged 5,3 and 10 months. You want to know where you stand should the relationship break down and stress to me that getting married for financial reasons goes against all of your principles as an independent woman. (I hear you!)
Posted at 2:05pm Thursday 28th April 2011
Statistics aside, my experience is that divorce season normally runs from about November to April. However, there seems to be no sign of a slowdown at BEST.
Posted at 11:07am Friday 18th March 2011
If your husband has parental responsibility for your child then you will need his consent to change the surname. Parental responsibility is automatic if his name is on the birth certificate as you were married.
Posted at 2:26pm Friday 11th February 2011
We have seen an increase in enquiries from couples considering surrogacy ‘arrangements’ post Elton and David’s wonderful news.
Posted at 11:58am Friday 7th January 2011
Hi there, thank you for your question and Happy new year.
Posted at 10:34am Thursday 2nd December 2010
Great headline from the Guardian last month. Will the Princess agree to a prenup? Will the Prince insist on a pre-nup? William and Kate have just got engaged and family law solicitors are talking money!
Posted at 1:46pm Wednesday 1st December 2010
Family law solicitors are inundated with Christmas contact enquiries during this time of the year. My advice is usually that if you live close enough to one another, the day could be shared between you. Parent 1 could have morning to 1400/1500 and Parent 2 could have the afternoon / evening (times may vary). That way, the children see both of you and enjoy the day.