Still Waiting For Divorce Reform

Jane Robey | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jane Robey

Next month sees the annual pageant of the Palace of Westminster's State Opening of Parliament. Alongside the traditional regal razzamatazz comes the Queen's announcement of a list of the government's plans for new laws.

The Brexit Break-Up And The Psychology Of Separation

Karen Woodall | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Karen Woodall

The UK is about to undergo divorce from the European Union. Having triggered article 50, Prime Minister Theresa May has this week, entered into no man...

Government Family Policy Groundhog Day

Jane Robey | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Jane Robey

Brexit is the divorce on everyone's lips. It seems to be the only thing on Ministers' and policy-makers' minds too. It's fair to say that almost all government decisions now and for some time to come will be influenced by the UK's split from the European Union.

Surviving V-Day!

Sarah Hall | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Hall

Seems crazy, but ever since Boxing Day the shelves of local and national stores have been packed with gifts and goodies to tempt people in relationships to buy something for their loved one to celebrate the one day a year when it is expected that your spouse will show they care!

I've Launched A Petition To Stop Rocketing Legal Costs

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Mary Banham-Hall

I've just launched a Petition on calling for the existing court rule that legal costs must be proportionate to the value of the dispute to ...

Getting Divorced: January Is Divorce Season

Ella Davis | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Davis

Divorce is often a difficult journey and whilst that journey varies from person to person, almost everyone only reaches their Divorce Monday after having tried harder than most people can imagine possible. Whilst there's no denying that divorce is a hard path to take, it's certainly no failure.

D:Day - A Survival Guide To Thinking About Divorce

Mary Marvel | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK
Mary Marvel

The first day that legal offices are open after Christmas is known as D-Day, when family solicitors are inundated with enquiries about divorce. While ...

Worried About Christmas Presence? A Survival Guide For Separated Or Divorced Parents Over The Festive Period

Mary Marvel | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Parents
Mary Marvel

I hear from a lot of parents struggling over how to agree arrangements for their children with their ex. It is, at the best of times, an enormous strain on most people. It is the nature of our love for our children that we usually miss them when they are not with us.

How To Get Through Christmas Day Without Your Kids

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents

Christmas is the time of year when the focus is all on family and while that is great for lots of reasons, it does also make it much harder for those ...

Bringing The Inside Out

Angela Samata | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Angela Samata

I think we all have a fascination with gaining access to the forbidden, hidden places and spaces, whether they be palaces, prisons, behind the scenes ...

Learning To Listen To One Another

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mary Banham-Hall

My cajoling didn't work with my son, but losing my temper made the situation a million times worse. What did I expect? My son could not see I was upset or angry and stop and rationalise his fears about school, he was far too agitated himself.

A Few Thoughts About Divorce And Children: A Picture Speaks Louder Than Words

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mary Banham-Hall

Parents have to find a way to discuss these and other parentings issues and protect their children from acrimony and avoidable hurt and loss. Mediation creates a safe and neutral place for these conversations to take place. Furthermore, the mediator is highly trained and experienced in facilitating their much needed conversations and can help with formulating new boundaries and ways of communicating and planning that work.

A Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Joana Keys | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Joana Keys

Dear David Cameron, This is what you did. This is what you did for asking a question that should never have been asked. You gave racists, xenophobes and bigots a government-sponsored justification to make us 'go back'. Did you ever think this would be any different? Can you hear the chants in Great Portland Street saying 'make Britain white again' all the way from your high horse?

Separation Anxiety

Neil Ransome | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

I have always been someone who was career driven, with clear work ethic and never shied away from hard work. It's was instilled in me growing up. I remember my dad telling me of when I was a baby, he had 2 jobs so at 5pm he'd finish work come home, eat, get a bus into Central London and then work into the early hours.

Be the Stranger Who Makes All Things Possible

Martin Barrow | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We spent the middle Sunday of Foster Care Fortnight in the best way possible, in the company of foster children present and past. And no better meeting place for two rumbustious extended families than Groombridge Place, deep in the Kent countryside.

The Emotional Journey of Divorce: From Anger and Anxiety to Acceptance and Moving On

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Banham-Hall

Everything can be sorted out, agreed and put behind you, you can move on from the conflict of the past and through dialogue and bargaining to acceptance and to a new and brighter future. You will have come up the other side of the rollercoaster and will be able to look back with relief on the journey you have accomplished - and be glad it is behind you.

Blame and Divorce

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Banham-Hall

On the grieving cycle following death, loss or divorce, after the first shock and denial, people become angry and blaming, they may get depressed as they gradually detach from the other person and old life. Only then are they ready to move to dialogue and bargaining to sort everything out. Finally they will reach acceptance of the new life and be able to move on.

Top Tips for Surviving the Trauma of Divorce and Separation

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Banham-Hall

Try to understand what the other person is saying. Don't just think how to argue back. Unless there's serious abuse, try not to communicate through other people, especially people who think they're helping by taking sides.

Parenting After Separation - When Spending Time With Your Children Feels Like a 'Gift' Rather Than a 'Right'

Hannah Muress | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Muress

When a relationship breaks down there is often a discussion about whether the children will live with one parent or the other. While we are in an age of 'shared parenting', the reality is that this does not normally mean that children live with each parent 50% of the time.

Don't Believe the Divorce Lawyers: January Is NOT All Doom and Gloom

Harry Benson | Posted 07.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Harry Benson

The first working day of January is even nicknamed D-Day: Divorce Day. The day when couples who fought over where to hang the holly jostle their way to the front of the solicitors queue. But is there any truth to this? Or is it merely the equivalent of the divorce lawyers January sales?

How to Let Go of Your Ex After a Break-Up

Sara Davison | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

She was completely overwhelmed with sadness and an acute sense of loss. She had a high flying career and was angry at herself for falling apart yet she had no control over the crying or the obsessing over what she might have done wrong.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Dr David Marjoribanks | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Marjoribanks

Most people who get married plan their wedding very carefully, plotting out every last detail from seating plans to thank you cards. Few of us plan for these relationships to end, yet sadly, 42% of marriages, and a significant proportion of cohabiting relationships, break down.

Why 'D-day' Doesn't Always Stand for 'Divorce'

Penny Mansfield | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Mansfield

It's no surprise that many couples fall out during the festive season: the longed-for break from work can suddenly feel like being under house arrest, minor issues become magnified, too much booze leads to loosened tongues which can lead to rows...

Soul Groups and the Psychologist

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

A soul group is simply a collection of people who gravitate and travel through life - or part of life - together. They could be from completely different histories, social backgrounds, age groups and interests, who happen to meet under the most extraordinary or the most nondescript circumstances.

Why You Might Not Get the Kitchen Sink in a Divorce

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

Most people have seen the spectacular fall-out from divorce cases between one impossibly-wealthy person and another, normally with the upshot that one tries to wring as much out of the other as their lawyers can muster. All of which makes for great headlines, but it's not usually an accurate reflection of most divorce settlements.