Separation

The Rules of Separation

Jeff Brazier | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Do we really put our children first? Separation for parents can be amongst the toughest experiences in life; the hurt, anger, pain and insecurity can be unbearable, and in those moments of feeling utter rejection you are meant to act responsibly on behalf of the children so that they are put first?

'Too Scared to Talk' - One in Four Children Feel Unable to Share Worries With Parents

Andy McCullough | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy McCullough

If you believe in the importance of open dialogue with your child and want to show your support for children who have no one to talk to then upload the most awkward conversation you've ever had with your child on the hub today or click on the share buttons on the Awkward Conversations hub to take part.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Have Kids When You Are Living Together

Suzi Godson | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Cohabiting couples split up much more frequently than married couples. After just five years, 49% of cohabiting couples have split, compared to 20% of married couples. After 10 years, 62% of cohabiting relationships are over...

Why Replacing Lawyers With Law Students Won't Solve the Family Court Crisis

Richard Adams | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Richard Adams

There are other steps that can be taken to reduce the burden on the court system and help reduce conflict between separating couples, not least by making the divorce process less complex or confrontational by introducing no-fault divorce or making pre-nuptial agreements binding. But removing access to legal advice and providing minimal support will help solve neither.

10 Things You Should Know About Emotional Affairs

Suzi Godson | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Emotional affairs do not necessarily include sex and can even occur over the Internet between two people who have never met face to face, but the effects can be just as devastating to relationships as sexual affairs- sometimes even more so.

Going Into Your Shell

Amy Anka | Posted 22.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

I have been venting my anger and sadness through the written word. I email my friend, and send her my unpublished articles. "No. You cannot publish that." She tells me. I become frustrated. "You are trapped in a loop." She goes on.

How Leaving My Job Was Similar to Leaving My Husband

Soozi Baggs | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

This sounds like a flippant statement but it's not meant to be. Leaving my job to go self employed, and leaving my husband to go it alone as a single parent, were both incredibly important and emotional times in my life. Times filled with fear, doubt, uncertainty, and plenty of tears. And on recent reflection I realised that I'd gone through many of the same thoughts and feelings during each of them.

Valentine's Day or Breakup Day, How Will You Be Celebrating February 14?

Esther Hayden | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Hayden

Not all break ups are being commemorated with a bitter streak and companies are emerging to promote celebrating not the end of a relationship, but as Jay Ryan, co-founder of breakupgems.com, says 'embarking on a new chapter in your life and rejuvenating yourself'.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do... And It's About to Get Tougher

Caroline Davey | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Davey

In the past, the statutory child maintenance service has always been free for parents to access. However, parliament is about to debate a series of changes which could actually make it harder for parents to get help with collecting the child maintenance their children are owed.

How To Cope With Christmas When You're Divorced

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're going through a divorce, are approaching your first Christmas as a divorcee, or have been divorced for a number of years, the festive s...

Divorce Litigation - Lessons to be Learned

Chris McIntosh | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris McIntosh

After nearly seven years of litigation, Scot and Michelle Young finally received judgment on Friday (22 November 2013) in respect of dividing their fi...

Court Is Not the Only Option for Separating Couples - Greater Awareness of Dispute Resolution Is Urgently Needed

Lord Falconer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Lord Falconer

We could all do with being a little better prepared for what options are open to us in the event that we face this prospect ourselves, but understandably, people don't enquire about divorce during a happy marriage. It's a responsibility that lies with all of us.

Getting Through a Divorce - How to Survive the Five Stages of 'EX'

Margaret Manning | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Manning

It is time now to build a new life, shape a new career, make new friends, and even fall in love again. Don't worry if you fall along the way. Now, it's time to be fearless. Build courage one step at a time. Life is short.

Kids Aren't Free

Caroline Davey | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

Seems obvious doesn't it? In fact, kids cost a lot of money to raise, and a major new research study shows that far too many of the poorest children raised in single parent households still don't receive a penny in child maintenance from their child's other parent.

Co-Parenting - It's really not about you.

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

I'm not going to create a tip sheet for you on what to do to be successful in your co-parenting arrangement because no matter what I or anyone else says, the one thing that you need to constantly keep in mind is your child. That's it.

Divorce - Five Things Not to Give a Damn About

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

Ok, I'm sorry but even as you go through your divorce, as bitter and acrimonious as it is or can be at the time, there are some things that may happen, which you might indeed surprise you, hurt you or just plain "make you have kittens" as my friend June would say.

Get a Divorce and Get Rich Quick

Charlotte Friedman | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Friedman

There is now a Rich List of Women who have become enormously rich from their divorces from wealthy men. Do we feel envious of their wealth, or just disdainful because of the way they have accumulated it? The general feeling seems to be that they have done nothing to 'earn' it so why should they benefit. The cynic might say that the marriage was entered into with an eye on the main prize.

Mediation Is in the Spotlight as Government Finds Funds

Amanda McAlister | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Amanda McAlister

The cash-strapped Coalition announced on the 10th April they would be pumping £6.5million into projects aimed at helping separated parents "put their differences aside for the sake of their children". The announcement has put mediation in the spotlight as divorcees seek to minimise the impact of their split on their children.

The True Cost of Divorce

Charlotte Friedman | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Friedman

It is unusual that a divorce ends in criminal proceedings and prison, but we would do well to hold in mind in this extreme case, what can happen when we let our actions get the better of us.

Take Responsibility for Your Relationship Breakdown And Divorce

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

Very often when I speak about taking responsibility for one's relationship breakdown, I'm met with strange looks, actually some of them are angry, antagonised looks that demand, "Are you trying to say that I put myself in this situation?"

Sadness Steals Your Smile

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

Start forgiving today and what happened yesterday will start falling away as you begin to feel, experience and know how it feels to be free of hate, anger and resentment.

Love Hearts and Tears - What Does Valentine's Day Mean to a Separated Person?

Charlotte Friedman | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Friedman

Why is it that when you are divorced or separated, everything seems to conspire to make you believe that the whole world is in love, in a couple and living in a blissful idyll?

The Myth of the 'Common Law Marriage' and How It Can Affect You

Richard Adams | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

As a family lawyer, I have often had to break the news to clients that they do not have the ability to claim any financial support against their ex-partner, even if they've been living together for years. So what are the key facts that couples living together should be aware of?

50th Wedding Anniversaries - Getting Rarer and Rarer?

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

So I ask you do we take to divorce like a duck to water? Do we give up too easily and too quickly once the problems and changes begin to permeate into our relationships?

Keeping the Peace at Christmas - Top Tips for Shared Parenting Over the Festive Season

Claire Wood | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Wood

As a family lawyer, I have advised many mothers and fathers, both separated and divorced, on shared parenting during the festive season. No one wants to be exchanging solicitors' letters the day before Christmas, so it's essential that you plan ahead and consider the practicalities, while keeping your children's best interests at heart.