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Divorce doesn't have to destroy your kids

Christopher Myles
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These are sound guidelines with valuable suggestions to safeguard your children from the negative consequences of divorce. I am a trained Family Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer and can help provide you with help and advice to manage your separation and...

Landmark Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill

Christopher Myles
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On 13 June 2019, the government introduced the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. This Bill reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce, dissolution and judicial separation set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the Civil...

Divorcing when kids are young brings special challenges

Christopher Myles
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This is an interesting and thought provoking article by author Dr. Michelle Gollan (a USC graduate and a licensed Clinical Psychologist). Ending a relationship when there are children involved has many challenges and more so when they are younger children. ...

What happens if your ex doesn't see things your way?

Christopher Myles
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There is no hiding from it, divorce affects your children. By working together and co-parenting properly, you can mitigate negative effects of separation and divorce and provide your child(ren) with a positive environment for them to grow up in and develop. ...

Co-parenting: For your children's sake

Christopher Myles
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Chris Myles, Head of Family Law and Family Mediator at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors shares this excellent advice from coach Sharon Shenker from a recent practical parenting tips publication. If you are separated or divorced and would like advice on...

An explanation about the expected divorce changes

Christopher Myles
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Divorce and dissolution of civil partnership - explanation about the expected divorce changes On 9 April 2019, the government published its response to the consultation paper, Reducing family conflict: reform of the legal requirements for divorce. The...

Civil Partnerships Bill moves to report stage

Christopher Myles
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The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration, etc) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 26th March and will come into effect on 26th May this year.  Section 2 of the Act, requires the Secretary of State to ensure that regulations to amend...

Home Office allocates £1m for male victims of gender based abuse

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In response to increasing disclosure by male victims of domestic and sexual abuse the Home Office is providing £1 million to specialist support organisations as part of a drive to support victims, encourage more people to come forward and seek help and...

How often will I see my children if we separate?

Greg Cross
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What are the rules on “contact”?   Questions often asked by clients going through separation. The short answer is there are no “rules” in terms of defining a child arrangement contact pattern as every family is different and...

What am I entitled to if I separate from my spouse?

Mark Robinson
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There are very few hard and fast rules and the Courts have ultimate discretion to make whatever order is ‘fair’ on the particular facts of your case. The starting position is an equal division of assets, which can include property, savings,...

Domestic Abuse - Do you need protection?

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In this article we touch on an issue that casts a shadow on all sectors of our Community and can affect Rural Communities just as much as Urban, so much so that a recent Government announcement confirmed an extra £4 million is to be allocated to the...

How much does it cost to get a divorce?

Greg Cross
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Setting out the cost of the divorce procedure is a fairly straight forward issue but it is the additional issues alongside the actual divorce process such as resolving the financial matters and on occasion the arrangements for the children which can take a...

Dealing with Divorce or Separation stress

Christopher Myles
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At Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors we can offer you family mediation and collaborative law as a way to help you deal with your separation or divorce in a non-conflict way, benefiting everyone involved. Find out more here ...

Minimising the impact of conflict on children

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Conflict can have some serious long-term effects on children. Studies have shown that it’s not the separation or divorce proper that has an impact, but rather the conflict stemming from it that often has a detrimental impact on their well-being. ...

Avoiding pitfalls of family disputes

Orlando Bridgeman
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Orlando Bridgeman suggests how farming families can avoid disputes. There has been a steady flow of divided farming families taking each other to court over the past few years, usually following someone’s death. Such behaviour has doubtless been...

How Collaborative Lawyers can help you

Christopher Myles
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Move past anger with your ex-partner following a separation or divorce particularly in relation to children. I’m Chris Myles, Collaborative Family Lawyer and a Director of Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. I recently read an article by Kristin Little, a...

No Fault Divorce

Mark Robinson
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It has been a hot topic in the press of late, and non fault divorce may just have come a step closer to becoming a reality. Within the last couple of weeks, the government launched a consultation to consider reforming the legal requirements for divorce, with...

A smart parenting plan can be an asset after divorce

Christopher Myles
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This blog gives a great insight into how parenting plans are becoming more and more recognised as the way for both parents to coordinate their parenting, their lives and their relationship with their children after divorce - written by Rosalind Sedacca, a...

Legal Aid Contract success

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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors have had their Legal Aid Agency contract renewed to continue to be able to provide legal services to clients who are eligible for legal aid in relation to certain types of family matters. Chris Myles, Director and Head of Family...

Key ways to making cooperative co-parenting work

Christopher Myles
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Children of divorce do best when both of their parents continue to be actively involved in their lives. It's the ongoing connection that makes the positive difference for these children, minimising the fact that their parents no longer live together. ...

Children parenting their parents

Christopher Myles
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Insightful words below from Rosalind Sedacca, author of the new ebook ‘How Do I Tell the Kids ... about the Divorce?’ on children parenting their parents during a divorce. Contact a member of the Crombie Wilkinson Family law team for help and...

Four ways to parent after divorce

Christopher Myles
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Parenting after divorce can be complex, frustrating and confusing. However, every day parents are coping with the challenges and raising happy, well-adjusted children. There are many factors that influence your effectiveness as a parent. Here are 4 major...

Is Legal Aid available for Family matters?

Kim Denton
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The answer is yes but only in certain circumstances. Someone wishing to apply for an injunction under the Family Law Act 1996 will be eligible for legal aid.  Depending on their financial situation they may have to pay a contribution towards their...

Positive steps to take when dealing with an ex partner

Christopher Myles
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These are four thought-provoking and positive steps post-divorce by Rosalind Sedacca (author of How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce?). If you would like advice on your separation or divorce or would like to explore how family mediation could work for...

Do you know what you are entitled to following a separation?

Mark Robinson
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Do you know what you are entitled to following a separation? Client’s often come to see me and ask about what they, or their partner, are entitled to following a separation, frequently referring to their rights as a “common law spouse”....

5 ways to keep connected with your kids after divorce

Christopher Myles
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This is a thought-provoking and positive article with practical advice by Rosalind Sedacca (author of How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce?) on keeping connected with your children after a divorce. If you would like advice on your separation or divorce...

Dating after Divorce

Christopher Myles
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During the divorce process it is very hard for most to imagine ever finding love again, even though the previous marriage is over. Many solicitors and mediators talk about a ‘child-centred divorce’ which is how parties are expected to approach a...

Changes to Legal Aid

Christopher Myles
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Did you know that here at Crombie Wilkinson we offer legal aid for family matters. As some of you will already know, legal aid for private family matters was effectively removed unless you could prove that you were a victim of domestic abuse or there was...

We are married, that means 50:50 doesn't it?

Greg Cross
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We are married, that means 50:50 doesn’t it? Not necessarily . This seems to be the common view formed by most and a lot of people are now dividing their assets following separation without any input or advice from the legal profession. It is...

Divorce and Family Mediation - 11 essential facts and trends

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The journey to raise awareness of Family Mediation continues following Family Mediation Week..  This infographic has been created to simplify divorce mediation and disputes with some interesting facts and trends.   Contact Chris Myles...

Clean Break? Not if you have children....

Christopher Myles
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Many years ago when someone said ‘I do’ it was for life. If a couple’s relationship took a turn for the worse, couples would work on their relationship and not just run to their nearest solicitor. This of course left many people trapped in...

3 ways to stop bickering in your relationship

Christopher Myles
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Many couples bicker over all sorts of trivial things. Especially when they have become more disconnected, this is where ridiculous arguments, over pointless things can become big issues. For example, couples bicker about the "right" way to pack the...

Nine things you should never do in your divorce

Christopher Myles
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This is a very interesting and thought provoking article to read by Karen Covy, author of “When happily ever after ends: how to survive your divorce – emotionally, financially and legally”, especially this time of year when divorce rates...

Dads and Step-Dads: Keeping it all in Perspective

Christopher Myles
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This is a very interesting article by Rosalind Sedacca, to the point and good advice. If you need help and advice with children matters, do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family Team at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT Being...

Divorce and Parenting - For Some It's No Big Deal!

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This is a very interesting article by Rosalind Sedacca, to the point and good advice. If you need help and advice with children matters, do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family Team at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors Divorce and Parenting - For...

Your Family First - What is a Parenting Plan and what are the benefits?

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What is a Parenting Plan and what are the benefits? A Parenting Plan is a written document that parents make on the practical aspects of parenting when they separate and divorce. They are designed to give each parent and their children clarity about when...

Blame is a game no one wins (why we need no fault divorce)

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We are supporting Resolution in their campaign for no fault divorce, because there is #abetterway. Today, 30 November 2016, and going forward, let’s do what we can to support change in the law which will support separating and divorcing couples and...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...

Why pre-nuptial agreements are more common on the farm

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The pre-nuptial agreement sets out how a couple wish their assets to be divided, or in some cases wholly retained by one party, if they later separate or divorce. It is generally entered into in order to protect individual livelihoods or to maintain an...

Collaborative lawyers go karting

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Resolution's biggest public-facing campaign of the year, Family Dispute Resolution Week, commenced on the 23rd November and kicked off with a speedy start! Members from York Collaborative Law Group undertook a go-karting challenge in aid of the national...

supporting parents to put #childrenfirst

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Week commencing 23 November 2015 has been Family Dispute Resolution Week and we have been supporting the campaign. To keep the information available for people to access, please see the links below you can visit to find out more information about...

#familylawmanifesto

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This week was the launch of the Resolution Manifesto for Family Law #familylawmanifesto, setting out what needs to change in the family justice system in order to improve the lives of separating and separated families across England and Wales. The...

A better way to divorce

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Divorce is devastating. But it doesn't have to be. There is a better way for you, your family and your children, which family law organisation Resolution is highlighting as part of Family Dispute Resolution Week 24-28 November. Watch the new video from...