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 […]

Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ divorce?

Everyone’s experience of divorce is different but what is certain is that no one sets out to get a bad divorce.   Most people have been through a lot by the time they instruct a solicitor. Divorce is often the culmination of months or years of disharmony. Divorce is a process, it involves conversations, negotiations, and […]

A Step Closer To ‘No-Fault’ Divorce

A new law that should make divorce less acrimonious has cleared its latest hurdle. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was backed by MPs during its second reading in the House of Commons last week. There are a few stages to go before it will become law, but its progress is being welcomed by those […]

Family Proceedings and Accusations

With COVID-19 dominating the news and everyone’s thoughts in recent weeks, some may have missed the story of Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed and the publication of a damning  judgment about his treatment of family members. Allegations against him, which included abduction, intimidation and torture, emerged during Family Law proceedings. Given the potential influence that that type […]

The Post-Summer Divorce Phenomenon

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, just as the beginning […]