Farming divorces

Dealing with a divorce is stressful enough but when farmers divorce there are usually additional considerations. It is not uncommon for both spouses to work on the farm, for their matrimonial home to be on the farm, for wider family members to work or live on the farm and for long working hours to be […]

Is family mediation a cheaper way of sorting out my divorce/separation?

When couples separate or divorce they need to sort out how they are going to divide their finances, and the arrangements for any relevant children.  Sometimes couples are able to resolve things amicably between themselves but often some professional input and support is needed.  There are different ways that divorcing couples can resolve their financial […]

Married fathers: an exceptional parental responsibility status?

Recent case law and statutes have reiterated time and again the importance of the child’s welfare. How does this link with parental responsibility? Parental responsibility is defined as the ‘rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property’. Here, there is […]

A new royal baby and the possible legal issues arising with parents from different backgrounds

With the birth of the latest royal baby, Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, we have seen the first mixed race child born to a senior royal in centuries, a reflection of our modern multi-cultural society.  As a family law solicitor and mediator, I sometimes come across disputes between parents from different backgrounds about the upbringing of […]