There is no easy way to tell your spouse you want to call time on your marriage. It may not have been an easy decision for you, there could be ill feeling and there is likely to be trepidation at what lies ahead. In addition, there may be some regret and some sympathy for your partner, however bad things have got.
Whilst we're in the EU, when a relationship breaks down they may make decisions for one person to return home to the UK with the children, viewing the maintenance of good post-separation parental relationships as fairly straightforward
Many parents experience parental alienation, but few have heard of it; one parent mentally manipulating a child to make them fear, disrespect or even hate the other. It is a hotly debated legal topic, particularly around how it should be monitored and governed, and it is an issue which is destroying families every day, across the UK.
Romantically, this may be that two people have found their soulmates. It may also be a simpler checklist: dress chosen, DJ booked, menu sorted. Traditionally, some wiser commentators may suggest it is because someone has matured enough to commit!
Transformative change could be a few heartbeats away, as long as the will exists. Judges and courts could manage their parenting, property and money dispute cases in a fresh way, using their existing powers to better effect, whilst seriously protecting the families' right to a private life. A novel approach to writing a verdict is one thing: but it's time for judges to use their imaginations in a completely different way.
So what if there were children involved, would that change my view? I don't think so. I think our cohabitation law needs reform to recognise and protect the financially vulnerable parent out of wedlock but again, even with children, if people want to cement their relationship or give it "recognition" and/or "protection", they can marry.
We are more likely to be judged by our appearance and behaviour than men. Women who have a reputation for being aggressive run the risk of being labelled as harsh or unpleasant and those who are less assertive than men are perceived as weaker and not having the same self-confidence.
Over the last few years Lloyd Platt & Co have seen an ever-increasing number of grandparents finding themselves for a variety
Why Going The Mediator Route Means A Divorce Doesn't Have To Be Financially And Emotionally Traumatic
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Today's decision is a setback to Rebecca and Charles' campaign. However, equal civil partnerships already have cross-party support from MPs and the second reading of Tim Loughton's Private Member's Bill is due to take place on 24 March 2017. Hopefully, the Court of Appeal's ruling today will encourage Parliament to put an end to this unjustifiable discrimination.