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Coronavirus and Contact Arrangements: advice for parents
Amidst the chaos and confusion caused by the Coronavirus and the sudden increase in social restrictions, existing co-parenting arrangements are highly likely to be disrupted. What can separated parents do...
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Top tips for a healthier relationship

Top tips for a healthier relationship

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Valentine’s Day – a celebration of love and relationships. On the surface it can simply seem a commercialised celebration of romance, with the annual pressure to buy the perfect card...
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Will Behaviour Affect My Divorce Financial Settlement?
Unreasonable behaviour was the most common reason for opposite-sex couples divorcing in 2018, with 51.9% of wives and 36.8% of husbands petitioning or applying on this ground; it was also...
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Sharp Family Law Recognised Among The Best
Sharp Family Law continues to build on its reputation as one of the best family law firms in Bath and Bristol. We were again recognized by Chambers in it’s UK...
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Sharp Family Law Announces a New Associate
Sharp Family Law is proud to welcome Thomas Airey as the newest addition to their Bristol family law team. Thomas is a strong advocate of constructive solutions to family law...
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3 Common Misconceptions of Divorce
If you are in the unfortunate position of getting divorced then, no doubt, you will already be aware that, suddenly, everyone you know (and even those you don’t!) becomes an...
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The Myth of ‘Common Law Marriage’
A recent study carried out by The National Centre for Social Research – revealed that 46% of people in England and Wales believe that cohabiting couples form a ‘common law marriage’ that...
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Time to End the Blame Game

Time to End the Blame Game

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The Supreme Court released its ruling in the case of Owens v Owens yesterday. Mrs Owens was married to her husband for 40 years and applied for divorce on the ground...
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Protecting the Bank of Mum & Dad

Protecting the Bank of Mum & Dad

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Recent research showed that more than a quarter of UK mortgages are subsidised by the buyer’s parents – the so-called ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’. Enabling your children to get...
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Will getting divorced harm my credit rating?
After all the stress of divorce, many people hope they can make a fresh start and get on with the rest of their lives. Even if you don’t feel you...
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For richer, for poorer: does marriage affect your credit rating?
“Will my partner’s poor financial history harm mine?” “Will I become responsible for my partner’s old debts”? A common worry before getting married or moving in together is that you’ll end up sharing...
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Spot the difference – Civil Partnerships vs Marriages
In a recent decision, a UK Court has ruled against a heterosexual couple who wanted to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry. The couple brought their case on the grounds...
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No need to fight it out… even at Court
Sometimes your dispute ends up in court, whether or not it was you who made the application. Should this happen, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a fight to...
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Divorce across international borders

Divorce across international borders

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In our diverse and multicultural society, modern-day families are becoming increasingly international. And when a relationship does cross national borders, so can divorce or separation – bringing with it a specific...
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50 Ways to Leave your Lover?

50 Ways to Leave your Lover?

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Well, the truth is, if we’re talking about divorce in the UK there are only five. And if a couple wants to fast track the process, then there are really...
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Do I need a solicitor to handle my divorce?
Divorce is stressful, whether you are separating amicably or not. For most people, divorce is an incredibly emotional time and having the additional pressure of trying to understand and navigate...
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Divorce: a Challenge to face – not a War to win
Facing a divorce is hard. It is mentally and physically taxing. You don’t sleep. You don’t eat. You worry about how life is going to be in the future, yet...
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Common Divorce Myths

Common Divorce Myths

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There are some common misconceptions which often stop people from seeking legal advice when faced with divorce: 1. I can’t get a divorce – my spouse will never agree. Getting the...
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Divorce does not have to be a financial minefield
For many couples that make the decision to divorce, the financial practicalities of ending a relationship are almost as painful as the emotional impact. However, divorce, with all its complexities...
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How do I find the right divorce solicitor for me?
The prospect of divorce can be daunting, but what lays ahead, the decisions that need to be made and the process to be taken need not be difficult with the...
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How do I minimise the impact of separation?
The children have long since gone back to school and you reflect on the Summer with the family and in particular how you felt. No better, you conclude.  You loved...
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None of your business!

None of your business!

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Divorcing couples frequently come to blows when considering the settlement of any business interests. Often a business interest is considered to be a personal attribute and certainly not something to...
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Is Johnny Depp now wishing for a pre-nup?
The breakdown of the marriage between Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard has been much in the news recently for various reasons. One of the main issues being repeated is...
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They Started To Fight When the Money Got Tight
The value of Sandy and Rob’s house had fallen. The prospect of acquiring one let alone two alternative homes had evaporated. Rob feared that, along with the marriage, he may...
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Helpful Information could Save Tax on Divorce
An inheritance had enabled Karen and Mike to buy a second home – a weekend apartment in Bath. It proved to be a perfect bolt hole for Mike to spend...
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Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation

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“She would love me to disappear from our son’s life. I have been resisting this but any contact with him has been very much on her terms and rules“…. a...
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A civilised divorce is worth fighting for…
Few people realise that, actually, they don’t have to engage in a bitter battle at court to get divorced and, in fact, most cases settle out of court anyway. But...
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The Big Move – Living Together

The Big Move – Living Together

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This year, Chris and Rachel each made a big, exciting decision – to move in with their respective partners for the first time. Chris had worked tirelessly to save up...
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Tips for a Better Outcome in Divorce this New Year
T’is the time for New Year resolutions. Our perennial attempt to lose weight at a gym, pay off debt, quit smoking, become organised and spend less time at work. For...
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Four Strategies for a Smart Divorce

Four Strategies for a Smart Divorce

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The decision to separate and divorce is nearly always distressing, challenging and sad. Difficult transitions must be made, emotions managed, children co-parented and financial realities addressed. All happening at a...
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“Time to Talk this Bank Holiday Weekend”
After a busy week, a Bank Holiday Weekend provides a good opportunity for couples and families to get away and spend time together. But motorists stuck in traffic and miserable...
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How Collaborative Law helps manage Emotions in Divorce
Many couples who experience the challenge of divorce or separation believe that it’s just the legalities that need to be managed and resolved. Most people going through divorce are aware...
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“Minimising the Destruction of Divorce for Children”
Effective Co-Parenting Tips Co-parenting is often viewed as the most difficult aspect of a divorce or separation. Particularly, if there are still some emotional hurdles to overcome. However, if approached...
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“Christmas Eve with Dad? Christmas Day with Mum?”
Standing in line at a supermarket checkout in Bath the other day, I overheard two teenage sisters and a friend discuss Christmas. It wasn’t a conversation filled with joy or...
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“In Remembrance of … Families in Bath & Bristol”
Remembrance Sunday events were held today all over the country to honour the UK’s war dead. For some, with past or present personal experience of lost friends or colleagues, it...
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“Christmas Actually”

“Christmas Actually”

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Screens will be filled once again this Christmas with stories of love in all its various guises and on a multitude of levels. The 2003 Christmas film “Love Actually” followed...
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“Is There a Better Way to Divorce?”
There may not be an alternative to divorce but there is an alternative to the way you divorce Research on the effects of divorce on children has shown that it...
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The Way you Divorce could Save your Business
Rob was a successful entrepreneur who had built up a business in Bath during the marriage. He came to see me as his marriage of 10 years to Sarah had...
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The Challenge of Co-Parenting: The Top Three Strategies
Parenting at any time can be a challenging and complicated process. Parenting following divorce or separation can be even more difficult. The prospect of Co-parenting with the ex may seem...
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It Takes Two – To Get Co-parenting after Divorce
After trying to make a 12 year marriage work that included attending sessions at Relate and individual counselling, Liz realised it was a lost cause and wanted a divorce. With that she also wanted her husband...
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Creative Solutions or Restrictive Divorce Court Orders
Amongst the 10 Bizarre Divorce Settlements Mental_Floss reminded us that to help foot the bill for his 1977 divorce from Anna Gordy, the singer Marvin Gaye agreed to record a new album...
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Let’s Keep Christmas a Family Affair
“I share Christmas. So on Christmas Eve I am with my mum, then with my dad on Christmas Day. Then the other Christmas I go to my dad’s on Christmas...
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How to Reduce the Effects of Divorce on Your Health
Those amongst us who are divorced or widowed could suffer 20% more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer than those who are married. This statistic comes...
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Seven Slip Ups to Avoid on Separation & Divorce
Many separating and divorcing couples are decent, well-meaning and intelligent individuals making a very difficult transition in their lives. They find it hard to manage their emotions, co-parent the children...
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How Do I Tell Our Children We are Divorcing?
A divorce may have been contemplated for a while; it’s been on the cards and an unspoken probability. Your children may have sensed that not all was well between their...
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Putting Children First When a Marriage Comes Apart
The telephone call was typical of many that I receive as a divorce lawyer at Sharp Family Law based in Bath, UK. After 12 years of marriage and a disastrous...
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For Better not Worse – A Collaborative Divorce
You are not alone, if you are thinking of getting divorced. Sadly, around 150,000 people get divorced every year and almost 40% of all marriages end in divorce in England...
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