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What clients say about Shelley:

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  • I'm so relieved to have completed my divorce. Knowing that Shelley has been fighting for my rights and achieved a life changing outcome for me, now allows me to move forward with my life. For all that I have gone through, I never thought I would come out of the divorce with such a life changing settlement

    Jonathan Kattenberg
Shelley Wales
 

Mediation to help thousands more families avoid costly legal battles

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Our Family Law team here at Thornton Jones Solicitors were really pleased to learn of further funding by the Government into the Mediation Voucher Scheme; a scheme which enables eligible families to apply for a £500 voucher to be used towards the...

Who is the Legal Guardian of a Child?

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A legal guardian is someone who has the legal authority to take care of a child should anything happen to the parents. A parent of a child is not normally considered a guardian, though the responsibilities may be very similar. Typically, a guardian...

What happens once an application for a Child Arrangements Order is made?

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Once an application for a Child Arrangement Order has been made, Cafcass (Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Service) will start making basic safeguarding enquiries with the Police and Social Services. All parties will be contacted by...

Separating your Finances Without it Costing the Earth

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When you decide to separate or divorce, a huge worry for many couples is what will happen to the family finances, particularly the family home. This can be an extremely stressful time for separating couples and the prospect of having to discuss and agree on...

Family Mediation Week 2022: Listening Effectively

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Here at Thornton Jones Solicitors this Family Mediation Week we are drilling down on a number of really important aspects of mediation and focusing on those aspects to ensure that when you do embark on family mediation, that you do so primed and ready to...

Family Mediation Week 2022: The Voice of the Child

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When parents separate, children of all ages can be left feeling a variety of emotions including anger, confusion and upset. They often feel that decisions are being made about their future over which they have no control over or say, and this can build...

Our Five Top Tips for Successful Family Mediation

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Embark on separation and you’ll be sure to hear the word ‘mediation’ and you may not fully understand what it is and how it might help you. Commonly, people assume that when couples separate that a long, expensive, and emotional time...

Top Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce

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Co-parenting after divorce is rarely easy. Often, the breakdown of the relationship will have been an emotional and stressful one, and you may have negative feelings towards your ex-spouse. Where relationships break down, the division of the assets can lead...

Divorce Day 2022

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After another turbulent year thanks to the pandemic, families have again been put under increased strain in 2021, whether that be due to having to live and work in close quarters, increased financial challenges, or the very direct impact on families...

I am suffering domestic violence. What help is available?

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On the 23 rd March 2020, the government placed the UK into ‘lockdown’ and consequently we are only able to leave our homes if we have a ‘reasonable excuse’. Since its implementation, the lockdown has caused individuals to...

Can I See my Children During This Period of Increased Social Isolation?

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Earlier this week I published a blog giving my thoughts on how to deal with a situation where you are separated, self-isolating, and you share the care of your children with their other parent. Things seem to be moving very fast indeed and only a few...

Separated? What to do if your children are isolating with their other Parent.

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During these unprecedented times we find puzzles that typically we’d not expect to have to solve. Yet we are in the midst of a crisis that may mean the isolation of your children with their other parent and despite agreements and potentially Court...

Co-Parenting 101

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We see many instances where separation and divorce involves children , and with such cases there needs to be a discussion about co-parenting. When you separate or divorce it’s easy to let your animosity towards each other become all too apparent to...

What Clients Say About Mediation

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It’s the last day of Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020), a week long campaign where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. Today we look at what clients...

What is Child Inclusive Mediation

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It's day 3 of Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020), a week long campaign where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. Today we look into the benefits of...

What Is Family Mediation?

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This week is Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020) where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. In conjunction with the Family Mediators Association, throughout...