Child Arrangements at Christmas and Beyond

Request a Call Back With the Christmas holidays upon us many parents have been busy planning for the festive period, whether that be arranging a foreign trip or outings for the children. But for many separated parents these arrangements can be a bone of contention and agreement is not easily reached. It is always encouraged […]

Family Mediation

Request a Call Back Clients who want to divorce often tell me it’s something they’ve been putting off. They have dreaded the prospect of months of messy and hostile squabbles with their ex. Of having a judge unpick the details of their family life. Having to give evidence. And having to sit tight for many […]

The Post-Summer Divorce Phenomenon

Request a Call Back If there’s one thing I can be certain of, it’s that my phone will ring more often in September than in August. The weeks following the school summer holidays are always a busy period for Family lawyers like me. It’s a time when people want to start the divorce process. And, […]

Collaborative Law – In It Together

Request a Call Back The divorce process has evolved quite significantly in recent years. No longer purely court-based, it now offers couples a range of options when it comes to reaching agreement about the terms on which they’ll separate and move on from one another. Decisions about the division of assets, for example, used to […]

Interview On The Julia George Show

Request a Call Back Please click on the link to listen to Susi Gillespie’s interview on the Julia George show in Radio Kent on 9th April following the Justice Minister David Gauke’s announcement that divorce law would be reformed resulting in ‘no fault divorce’ law.  This move is welcomed by Susi who has been campaigning […]

Protecting Your Children From The Negative Effects of Separation

Request a Call Back We all know that when two people separate, the effects are felt by a far wider circle. Children will often be in the thick of it, continuing to live with one or both parents while the difficult matter of divorce is dealt with. They hear the arguments. They’re exposed to views […]

Did Divorce Day Live Up To The Hype?

Request a Call Back January 7th. The first working Monday of 2019, dubbed ‘Divorce Day’. The media played on the likely onslaught of divorce petitions filed by warring couples that had reached the end of their tether after a tense festive period. Emotional and financial strains exacerbated by Christmas would tip people over the edge. […]

Collaborative Law and Mediation

Request a Call Back A relationship breakdown can have profound and long-lasting effects on a couple, on their children, and on the wider family. It can even affect social networks, with friends intentionally or otherwise siding with one party. While there is no way of eliminating the emotional and practical challenges of separation, divorce, or […]

A New Option On The Horizon For Heterosexual Couples

Request a Call Back The law looks set to change to enable a man and woman to become civil partners. This is a significant shift from the current position of marriage being the only option for heterosexual couples that want to have their union recognised in law. No date has yet been set for this […]

The Cohabitation Question

Request a Call Back It is believed that one in eight couples in the UK live together but are not married or in a civil partnership. This is called ‘cohabitation’; an increasingly popular relationship choice, and one that undoubtedly suits the six million or so people who are doing it. There are other types of […]

The Enduring Marriage of Mr and Mrs Owens

Request a Call Back This time last year we wrote about the beginning of Mr and Mrs Owens’ journey to the highest court in the UK. Mrs Owens was hoping to be granted a divorce from her husband; something that she had been denied because of a failure to meet the necessary threshold. The Supreme […]

Agreeing Holiday Contact

Request a Call Back With the summer holidays fast approaching, parents everywhere are starting to prepare for their biggest juggle of the year. Arranging six or more weeks of childcare, carefully balanced with work commitments – and perhaps even fitting in a foreign holiday – can take its toll on family units. And the difficulty […]

Online divorce – a step in the right direction?

Request a Call Back The long-awaited online divorce procedure is here. Introduced the Ministry of Justice and trialled in selected areas, the option to file your divorce application, pay the fee and submit supporting documentation online is no open to everyone in England and Wales. How does online divorce work? The new online divorce service […]

The real life of The Split

Request a Call Back Are you watching ‘The Split’? It’s the latest in a line of glossy legal dramas that we’re all familiar with. From the days of Ally McBeal and North Square, to Silk and now The Split, there seems to be an endless appetite for legal drama. Divorce is one of those areas […]