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Category Archives: Family & Relationships

Family Law Newsletter – February 2016

A very warm welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  This month’s focus is on our Family Law department. DeBrieF OPINION Laura Johnson – solicitor in the Family Law department – discusses the “quickie” divorce. You may have noticed that there have been a number of “high-profile” or celebrity divorces reported in... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of our Family Law department – addresses recent media coverage on divorce lawyers

Vultures according to the media or angels waiting in the wings?! There has been much talk in the media that January has the highest rate of divorce lawyer instructions and that this time of year it is rich pickings for divorce lawyers to maximise their profits.  From my experience this could not be any further... Read the rest of this entry →

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Non-disclosure in Divorce Cases: Anita Shepherd – head of the Family team at Davis Blank Furniss – Discusses Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil’s Victory at the Supreme Court.

I have been waiting apprehensively for the Supreme Court’s decision in the high profile cases of Sharland and Gohill which have had much press coverage in the last few days.  As a family lawyer always striving for fairness and justice for my clients, I am delighted with the decision.  I hope it sends a strong... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 month trial period, will be headed up by Martyn Gee – head of Davis Blank... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 in full here. Laura’s expertise covers all aspects of Family Law and Private Client work.... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 at a time when they are likely to be feeling emotionally vulnerable. I recognise that... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 resolution processes. • The child’s voice is heard in all private family law proceedings which... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 and divorced 22 years ago.  The Supreme Court has ruled that the wife’s claims are... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 the innocent parties in any separation, at no point should they feel as though they... Read the rest of this entry →

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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 can result in the parents getting caught up in a bitter power struggle about their... Read the rest of this entry →

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