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Category Archives: Family & Relationships

Davis Blank Furniss Glossop Launches New ‘At Home Service’ for Elderly & Housebound Clients

The Glossop office of Davis Blank Furniss has launched a free home visit service for elderly and housebound people in the town who need to access legal advice and services. The new service, which will run for an initial three …

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Laura Johnson Comments in The Divorce Magazine

Laura Johnson – solicitor in our Private Client team – shares her thoughts on why it’s important for parents to walk in the child’s shoes during a divorce. Her piece is in The Divorce Magazine and you can read it …

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family team: Don’t neglect your emotional needs when facing relationship difficulties or a breakdown.

It is very important to be emotionally ready when making important decisions regarding a relationship breakdown. I have found that during my 16 years of working as a family lawyer, clients feel compelled or pressured to make major life decisions …

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Anita Shepherd: VOICE OF THE CHILD

The Voice of the Child Dispute Resolution Advisory Group (the Group), has published its final report dated March 2015. It was set up to ensure that: • Steps are taken to promote child inclusive practice in out of court dispute …

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Anita Shepherd on Wyatt v Vince

Yesterday there was a landmark (and much publicised) ruling in the case of Wyatt v Vince which saw the wife being given permission to proceed with her financial claims against her former husband whom she separated from 30 years ago …

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Making childcare arrangements during a divorce and separation

When parents choose to divorce or separate, important decisions have to be made about care arrangements for their children. As parents work to determine the best solution, it is important that minimal harm is caused to their children‘s lives. Being …

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on Presumption of Parental Involvement.

Most people will agree that shared or co-parenting or the ongoing role of both parents in a child’s life following a family breakdown is in a child’s best interest.  However, all too often family breakdown brings mistrust and insecurity which …

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the launch of Resolution’s manifesto which is calling for changes to law on divorce and separation.

As a family lawyer it is motivating and uplifting to hear that Resolution has launched a ‘Manifesto for Family Law’. It is intended to be wake-up call for current and future politicians to alert them to issues that need to …

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the centralisation of Divorce cases.

It is fair to say that many family practitioners will be apprehensive about the development that all divorces for the North West of England are to be issued in Liverpool Family Court. Where a divorce is undefended (agreed), the proceedings …

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on family court judges being given the power to order DNA tests.

The availability of this power can only be a positive thing for the children involved. It is common for parents to have disputes over paternity and then for one of the parents to delay or frustrate proceedings by not cooperating …

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