Parenting through separation

As a team of Family lawyers, we’ve long promoted the idea of ‘good divorce’. This is about enabling separated couples to work through the necessary steps – division of assets, arrangements for their children – together and with as little conflict as possible. Because collaborating to reach joint decisions, as opposed to having the courts […]

‘No fault’ divorce – what does it mean and what are potential pitfalls of the new divorce procedure?

From 6 April 2022 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force – introducing the so called ‘no fault divorce’ in England and Wales. The new law will apply to Civil Partnerships as well as to marriages. However, to simplify this piece, I will refer to no fault in the context of […]

Parenting through separation – a free guide to families who are divorcing or separating

Resolution, the national family justice organisation, is offering a free guide to families who are divorcing or separating. The parenting through separation guide is written by family professionals and is full of practical steps that parents can take to put their children first during a separation. The launch of the guide marks the start of […]

Why there’s no room for blame or shame in divorce

When Adele released the first single from her ‘divorce album’ a few weeks ago, it came with all the hype and hysteria to be expected when a megastar comes back on the scene after six years. ‘Easy on me’, a song about leaving a marriage, not only appealed to her long-term fans but also no […]

Family Court quarterly statistics: a call for alternatives to courts

Alice Scambler, Partner in the Family Law Department of Thomas Mansfield Solicitors, has featured in the Solicitors Journal reiterating the advantages of the alternatives to courts. As a qualified solicitor and mediator, Alice advocates for out-of-court solutions as much as possible, and especially in cases where children are involved. In her article, she points out […]

Latest statistics show increase in Family Court cases

The Ministry of Justice has released the Family Court statistics for January to March 2021.

The court system seems to be maintaining its recovery from the COVID pandemic, but since the last quarterly review there has been an increase in the number of cases commenced in the Family Courts, with a rise in financial remedy applications (29%), domestic violence (15%) private law (5%) and matrimonial and adoption cases  (1%).

No-fault divorce pushed back to 6 April 2022

News broke last week that the introduction of the much anticipated reform of divorce law in England and Wales has been delayed. Head of Thomas Mansfield’s Family team, Susi Gillespie, said: “Whilst it is disappointing that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (‘no-fault divorce’) will not now come into effect until 6th April 2022 […]

Divorce patterns

A recent study reported that couples with teenage daughters are more likely to divorce than those that have sons.  This is particularly common among first-time parents of 15-year-old girls. The reason being that this is a stressful period for parents who may have different views on how to deal with the challenging behaviour that some […]

Private children: Facing the issues

The Family Solutions Group report refers to a ‘series of scattergun initiatives’ and points to a fundamental flaw in the idea that children’s rights and welfare can be protected while they are not present in what is an indirect adult-driven agenda. Kate Newton highlights key recommendations in the report of the Family Solutions Group to […]

What impact has the pandemic had on relationships?

Anthony Kiernan, Consultant in the Family law department at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors, comments to the Wealden Times on the impact of the pandemic on relationships. “The pandemic has… increased the number of domestic abuse incidents”, says Anthony. He also notes that there has been a “huge change in the way that the family courts deal […]

Must I return an expensive gift to my ex-partner?

Family lawyer Hollie Foreman answers a reader’s question in the FT Money. She talks about legal and moral aspects of returning an expensive gift to an ex-partner who demands it back. Does the reader have to return the jewellery just because the financial situation of her ex has worsened? Does he really have a legal […]

Ex-husband refuses to be vaccinated

Susi Gillespie, Head of the Family law department, has featured in the FT Money with advice to a parent who wants to ban her ex-husband, a frontline worker, from visiting the children because he refuses to be vaccinated. The reader is worried that he might spread the virus to her vulnerable parents and herself through […]

Thomas Mansfield Marks Good Divorce Week 2020 With Free Advice Sessions

Family lawyers in the Tunbridge Wells office of specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield are showing their support for the Good Divorce Week 2020 by offering free 30-minute advice sessions to families in Kent between 30 November and 4 December. Those participating this year are Head of the Family law department Susi Gillespie and Partner Alice […]

Divorce – Why It’s Okay To Change Your Mind

Everyone knows that divorce is a huge step to take. It usually follows an intensely difficult period in two people’s lives. They haven’t been getting along. Perhaps there’s been infidelity. They may simply have fallen out of love. Whatever the reason for beginning the divorce process, it’s always entered into with a view to drawing […]