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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 1:05pm Monday 7th June 2010
Ex's new wife doesn't like our 5yr old daughter because she doesn't treat her like an adult! Ex now wants infrequent contact with our daughter at my house. Am I breaking the law if I say no?
If you believe that contact is in your daughter's best interests, your obligation is to facilitate it. That means, making your daughter available for the session. This obligation does not extend to providing accommodation. Can't he take her out for a few hours? There are plenty of things to do with a 5 yr old. As contact is so infrequent, a few hours out somewhere nice will make her feel special.
Posted at 8:59pm Tuesday 25th May 2010
My grandchildren have been living with me. Their father was violent, but now returns wanting a Residence order. Will he get it automatically?
Hello there. Nobody has an automatic right to a Residence Order in respect of the children. As you are aware, a Residence Order is an Order stating where the children should live. In whose care they should be.
Posted at 11:26am Tuesday 18th May 2010
I do not know whether your ex partner disappeared for two years or was around having contact. I will assume the worst case scenario that she disappeared.
Posted at 4:19pm Tuesday 11th May 2010
This happens quite frequently. Fortunately, there is a way around this but it involves time and expense unless you are in receipt of public funding.
Posted at 11:49am Friday 30th April 2010
A lady asks whether she can christen her daughter if the ex husband is refusing to consent
Posted at 2:56pm Friday 23rd April 2010
Posted at 2:15pm Tuesday 13th April 2010
Posted at 12:46pm Tuesday 6th April 2010
Children need role models, security and stability. This may be provided by a mother and a father, two mothers or two fathers. The important thing is that when there is a break down of the family unit , the impact on the children is as minimal as possible. The children need to understand that they are not the reason or the cause of the break up and that they are not going to lose an important person from their lives. To that end, as a family solicitor, I encourage clients to divorce / separate in a child friendly way.
Posted at 10:12am Tuesday 23rd March 2010
With many couples choosing to live together instead of marrying, what legal rights does one have if the relationship breaks down? Is there such a thing as a common law marriage?
Posted at 10:48am Tuesday 16th March 2010
With the increasing need for assisted conception (fertility treatment), the fertility laws are fast developing.