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Can I Vary A Child Arrangement Order?

Hannah Bowes
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Here at Thornton Jones we love to stay engaged and involved and when the topic is relevant to our business we love to take part in The Law Society's #SolicitorChat that they hold weekly on Twitter. This week our super Family Lawyer, Hannah Bowes...

New Divorce Legislation Pending!

Hannah Bowes
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Yesterday, I was ecstatic to learn that the new No Fault Divorce Bill has finished its journey through Parliament and even though the new legislation will not be accessible until autumn 2021, this marks a significant change in the law. ...

I am suffering domestic violence. What help is available?

Shelley Wales
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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?

Shelley Wales
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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.

Shelley Wales
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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

Shelley Wales
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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...

I am a Grandparent - What Rights do I have?

Hannah Bowes
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I for one can understand and relate to the significance and importance of a child’s relationship with their grandparents. However, in the legal world, whilst a Court would acknowledge the importance of their role in a child’s life, their rights...

What Clients Say About Mediation

Shelley Wales
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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...

How Mediation Can Help With The Separation Of Assets

Clare Thornton
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Today is day 4 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 take a peek at how ...

What is Child Inclusive Mediation

Shelley Wales
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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 a MIAM?

Clare Thornton
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Today is day 2 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 provide a little insight into...

What Is Family Mediation?

Shelley Wales
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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...

Divorce Day

Clare Thornton
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Once again we have reached the first Monday in January which the media has penned as “Divorce Day” - allegedly the day when more people divorce than any other day of the year. I confess to being sceptical about this but certainly Christmas can...

Mediation process explained

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Mediation can help resolve the issues surrounding your separation or divorce in a constructive and amicable approach, which usually helps you both to move on with your lives, in a way that traditional ways of resolving disputes cannot.  This can be in...

Kids in the Middle

Clare Thornton
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The Team at Thornton Jones Family Law are currently offering an initial consultation to all new Clients free of charge…….. all we ask is a small donation of £10 to a fantastic Charity “Kids In The Middle” who are raising...

Hooray for the Clean Break!

Clare Thornton
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Sitting in Court the other day with a male Client who desperately wanted to end the noose around his neck that was a joint lives maintenance Order, it struck me how problematic such an Order is for both the payer and the payee. The man in question had been...

The Common Law Monster!

Clare Thornton
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One thing that is always sure to make me grind my teeth with frustration is the perpetuated myth of the Common Law partner. Rather like the Loch Ness monster this fabled creature quite simply does not exist. As a Family lawyer, one of the hardest parts of...

How to make a court mediation scheme work

Clare Thornton
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I have recently been involved in setting up a scheme in my local County Court where we undertake MIAM’s meetings in the Court arena, and have been so pleased with how the scheme is working, that I thought it might be useful to share the experience with...

Family Arbitration/Mediation

Clare Thornton
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Family Arbitration by a Mediator – how does it work? How can you be a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer, with a practice so focused on keeping matters out of litigation, and yet be so excited to have qualified as a Family Arbitrator, I hear you ask?...