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  Children, Challenge and Growth  

Twelve months is a long time in family law. In September 2017, I chose to join Hall Brown in order to lead its newly-established children’s team and have since been delighted in how its grown and how the service which it provides has improved. The division had been formed in response to a rise in […]

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  Closing the Generation Gap: Grandparents and a Legal Right to Contact  

At times, it seems like parliament can move at a positively glacial pace. Many great ideas can take years to come to fruition but that’s not necessarily just due to the necessary stages of the process by which bills can eventually become law. Issues which are sensitive understandably have to take account of the views […]

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  Generation Gap: The Growing Role of Grandparents in Contact Proceedings  

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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  Taped: Parental Disputes and Covert Recordings  

Social media is generally thought to be a boon. It has enabled friends, family and colleagues living great distances apart to keep in touch and, in fact, helped put individuals who’d lost contact back together. There are critics, however, who argue that one of the consequences of the volume and type of material shared via […]

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  Seconds Out: Reconciliation and Divorce  

Regardless of the immediate cause of a marital break-up, divorce is seldom something embarked upon on a whim. Quite often, in my experience, couples even in what might be regarded as deeply troubled relationships do their level best to overcome their difficulties and make their marriages work. Ultimately, though, certain issues prove impossible to deal […]

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  Kids, Courts and Caution: New Rules on Parental Contact and “Abuse”  

Breaking-up is never an easy process for adults in a relationship. However, the potential for distress is magnified when there are children to take into account. In the vast majority of cases, parents manage to handle their separation in the sort of reasonable fashion which minimises upset and provides arrangements in which both mothers and […]

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  Children, Conflict And A Commitment To Parents  

It is an unfortunate fact of life that not every relationship lasts the course. According to figures issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in June, married couples have only a slightly better chance of remaining together than not. In fact, forty-two per cent of marriages now end in divorce with half of those […]

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