Generation Gap: The Growing Role of Grandparents in Contact Proceedings  

Published on 09 April, 2018 | Katie Dillon

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Divorce can be a complex enough process when the only individuals directly involved are the spouses themselves. When they have children, though, they need to balance their own needs with the importance of providing an environment in which their sons and daughters can thrive long after mum and dad have parted. There is, however, another […]

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  High Maintenance: Couples Play Catch-Up with Divorce Courts  

Published on 04 April, 2018 | James Brown

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Divorce does not necessarily have to mean discord. It’s a view which seems to contradict the perception – fuelled, in part, by media coverage of certain combustible splits – that the end of a marriage is always accompanied by conflict. Nevertheless, the vast majority of divorces handled by myself and my colleagues at Hall Brown […]

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  The North-South Divorce Divide  

Published on 20 March, 2018 | James Brown

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Over the last couple of years, both before and since the EU referendum vote in June 2016, there has been much talk about the shape of the UK’s ‘divorce’ from its European partners. On many levels, the process by which London unpicks its sovereignty and legal framework from Brussels is not necessarily equivalent to that […]

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  Teamwork Breeds Yet More Award Success for Hall Brown  

Published on 02 March, 2018 | Sam Hall

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One of the country’s leading new law firms has attributed its latest award win to “hard work and teamwork”. Hall Brown Family Law overcame other, more established nominees to claim the Family Team title in this year’s Manchester Legal Awards (MLAs). It becomes the latest prestigious title picked up by Hall Brown in its first […]

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  Putting the ‘Age’ In Marriage  

Published on 28 February, 2018 | Abigail Lowther


“The past”, the poet L P Hartley once wrote, “is a foreign country; they do things differently there”. Since he penned ‘The Go-Between’ in 1953, the world in which we live has undergone many significant changes, including in the home. In that year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), roughly two-thirds of men […]

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  Divorce and the Technology Trap  

Published on 14 February, 2018 | Andrew Newbury


In the course of the last four decades, households around the world have benefited from significant and very rapid developments in technology. Not too long ago, the kind of audio and video facilities now provided by affordable, pocket-sized instruments came courtesy of items which were often the size of a suitcase and sometimes prohibitively expensive. […]

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Published on 07 February, 2018 | Sam Hall

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It’s fair to say that the last four decades have not treated the institution of marriage terribly well. In the early 1970s, the introduction of divorce legislation prompted a dramatic increase in the number of spouses choosing to exit their marriages. By 1993, there were a record 165,000 divorces, more than twice the figure recorded […]

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  Divorces, Horses and Hassle  

Published on 12 January, 2018 | Alice Couriel


Britain, it is said, is a nation of animal lovers. So, it should come as no surprise that pets of all kinds feature in discussions about who gets what when marriages come to an end. Whilst many husbands and wives are keen to retain their family’s cats or dogs, their ownership is usually resolved relatively […]

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  Prenuptial Predicaments  

Published on 03 January, 2018 | Sam Hall

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Even as households across the country prepare to take down the Christmas tree and put away the tree and tinsel for another year, family lawyers like myself are already looking ahead to what the next 12 months will bring. One milestone is apparent: 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the peak in divorce numbers in […]

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  The Necessity of Arbitration  

Published on 11 December, 2017 | Andrew Newbury

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We’ve all heard of whirlwind romances, those relationships which proceed from courtship to wedding vows with breath-taking speed. Divorces, though, don’t follow the same, swift pattern. In fact, if we discount the kind of protracted domestic disputes which occasionally feature on the pages of our national newspapers, divorces take about 18 months to conclude, depending […]

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