• Parenting Plans

    When parents separate, one of the most difficult issues to deal with can be the arrangements for the children. Care arrangements for the children may have worked seamlessly when the parents were together but on separation difficulties can easily arise. The best way to avoid problems with the arrangements for children is to sit down with your ex-partner as soon as you can and talk through the arrangements in detail. This may sound obvious but it can be easier said than done, especially where the separation has been acrimonious. It is important to remember that even though your relationship with …

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  • Court cases relating to children not in decline

    Litigation over children is not decreasing significantly despite the government’s push for parents to attend mediation. In April 2011, the government made it compulsory for parents to consider mediation before making an application to court in relation to arrangements for children. The idea was that parents should attend a meeting to find out about the mediation process before they could make an application to court, and that this should significantly reduce the number of court cases issued each year. However, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice, the number of cases has fallen slightly but not dramatically. In the …

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  • How to get the best out of your solicitor

    When you instruct a solicitor to deal with a family matter on your behalf, you may have many different concerns and issues. You may also be worried about the costs of instructing your solicitor. This guide is designed to help you get the best out of your solicitor in the most cost effective way.   Every client is different and will have their own set of priorities. Make sure you tell your solicitor what your main concerns are so that they can address them in the best way possible.   It can help to contain your costs if you try …

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  • Family Law Accreditation

    We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Granby has been approved as a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Accreditation Scheme. Membership of the scheme is awarded to solicitors who provide a high quality family law service to clients. The accreditation is awarded where the Law Society is satisfied that a solicitor is competent and experienced in family law and has a broad knowledge of that area.   To make an appointment to see Jennifer, please contact us.

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  • Arbitration in financial disputes

    In early 2012, family arbitration was introduced as a new option for resolving financial disputes in family law cases.  The process has therefore been in existence for just over two years and is still a relatively new option for clients.   Arbitration is a process tailored around the parties to a dispute but it is based on the principles of English law and it delivers a binding decision.  The parties to a dispute are able to define the issues to be determined in arbitration and can limit what it is they require the arbitrator to decide.  The decision would then …

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  • New Research Highlights Diversity Of British Families

    Research carried out by Netmums shows that 60% of British families have married parents with their own biological children. Therefore 40% of families are made up of different structures.   The research shows that there are 35 different types of families recognised in Britain today: 20% of families have unmarried parents 10% have a single parent 1 in 111 families are headed by gay, bisexual or transgendered parents 6% of families have biological and step-children living together   At Family LawAssociates, we advise and assist all kinds of families with a wide range of issues which may be affecting them. …

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  • Getting the get

    A Get is a Jewish divorce which is required by Jewish couples in addition to the civil divorce. When Jewish couples marry, the civil and religious requirements are combined in one ceremony but this is not the case when divorcing. If the Get is not obtained and there is only a civil divorce, the couple will remain married for Jewish purposes and neither party can have a religious remarriage. The failure to obtain a Get can have serious consequences for the parties and any future children they may each have. It is therefore vital for the Get to be obtained. …

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  • Family Law Associates LLP secures top accolade from National Law Society

    We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the National Law Society’s Law management quality mark, Lexcel. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments, which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards. To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, a practice must undergo a rigorous initial, then annual, application and assessment process. This includes conducting background checks and an on-site visit from an experienced, trained Lexcel assessor. While we are proud to have secured Lexcel, it is our …

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