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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...Read more
Further information on working practices during COVID-19
As the situation with the COVID-19 continues to develop and evolve, the safety, health and well-being of our clients and our team are paramount to Sharp Family Law. We are...Read more
Our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak
At Sharp Family Law, we feel a great responsibility for the role we play in the lives of our clients – even more so when we are all being more...Read more
Female Same-sex Partnerships: understanding legal parental responsibility
No matter how a family is set up, we all want what’s best for our children. All parents can face emotional and practical difficulties on separation. However, it can sometimes...Read more
Marriage Story: a Hollywood lesson in choosing the right lawyer
The holidays are a time when emotions can run high even in the happiest of households. So it means they can be hugely difficult for families that are experiencing relationship...Read more
Top tips for a healthier relationship
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...Read more
Sharp Family Law Recognised Among The Best
My Children Don’t Want to Spend Time with Me – Is this Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation is a term often used by clients who are experiencing difficulties in the time and communication they are having with their children. Everyone appreciates that the breakdown of...Read more
Chambers UK 2019 highlights the firm’s ‘pragmatic approach’ to family disputes
Sharp Family Law has been highlighted in the Chambers United Kingdom 2018-19 Guide for its work advising family law clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including collaborative law and mediation....Read more
Sharp Family Law Announces a New Associate
From Custody to Child Arrangements: What You Need to Know
‘Custody’ has been the well-known term for separated parents for many years. However, in reality it no longer exists in England and Wales. In 2014 there was a radical shift...Read more
3 Common Misconceptions of Divorce
The Myth of ‘Common Law Marriage’
Legal 500 recognises the firm’s “extremely high level of service”
Sharp Family Law has been singled out by The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2018-19 Rankings Directory as providing an ‘extremely high level of service’. This builds on previous comments that...Read more
Another Sharp legal mind joins Bath’s specialist Family Law Firm
Sharp Family Law is proud to welcome Victoria Barnett as the newest addition to their dynamic and fast growing team. Victoria is a trained collaborative lawyer, negotiator and litigator. She...Read more
Time to End the Blame Game
Sharp Family Law recommended for ‘genuinely having its client’s interests at heart’
Sharp Family Law has been recommended by The Legal 500 for the third year in a row for its work as a family law practice in the South West. Our...Read more
Protecting the Bank of Mum & Dad
Will getting divorced harm my credit rating?
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...Read more
“A Rosie by any other name would smell as sweet” – How to Change your Child’s Name
Odds are that any proud parent has put a great deal of time and thought into deciding what their child will be known as. However, there are an increasing number...Read more
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...Read more
No need to fight it out… even at Court
Divorce across international borders
The Secret of a Great Relationship… with your Lawyer
During a divorce or separation, your lawyer can end up being the most frequently dialled number on your phone. So not only is it a new relationship forged at a...Read more
50 Ways to Leave your Lover?
Irreconcilable differences: Divorce and avoiding the blame game
Many couples come to a mutual decision to separate – and are disappointed to learn they can’t divorce on the grounds of ‘irreconcilable differences’. What, then, can they do to...Read more
Child Arrangements – Putting the focus on the Needs of the Child
The Child Arrangements Programme, rather silently rolled out in April 2014, introduced the most radical changes to the way that disputes over children upon separation and divorce are dealt with...Read more
Do I need a solicitor to handle my divorce?
Take a breath… pause for thought… and consider your options
A mild mother of two, with a wry smile, shared details with me of a frenzied attack on her husband’s clothes the previous evening upon discovery of his adulterous affair....Read more
Divorce: a Challenge to face – not a War to win
Common Divorce Myths
Divorce does not have to be a financial minefield
How do I find the right divorce solicitor for me?
How do I minimise the impact of separation?
None of your business!
Putting the kids first: family-friendly financial settlements
When separating and divorcing, providing for your children is not just an emotional issue, but a financial one. From school fees to swimming classes, who will pay for what needs...Read more
Is Johnny Depp now wishing for a pre-nup?
They Started To Fight When the Money Got Tight
Helpful Information could Save Tax on Divorce
Guidance for Parents – who are or may become involved in the Family Courts
Prepared by His Honour Judge Coleridge, issued on behalf of all Family Judges and Family Magistrates who conduct family proceedings in the South West of England and promoted by District...Read more
How can you have an Amicable Divorce – Whilst blaming your spouse for the breakup?
Celebrities are often keen to maintain that their divorces and clean, blameless and most of all amicable. However, often newspapers report that the divorce papers filed in the amicable break-up...Read more
How can You Manage the Cost of Your Divorce? – Three Steps to Ease the Burden
As 120,000 or so married couples in England & Wales discover every year, breaking up is hard to do. With the average cost of a litigious divorce being put at...Read more
Divorce can Stretch Waistlines as well as Finite Resources
BBC News reported in recent years that both marriage and divorce can trigger weight gain. Newly-divorced women and men had between 21% and 22% increased risk of a small weight...Read more
A civilised divorce is worth fighting for…
The Big Move – Living Together
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...Read more
Must Children Be in Two Places at Once This Christmas
“The contact schedule has it that our 3 year old son stays with me on a Tuesday and Thursday night. So he should be with me on the Thursday night...Read more
Four Strategies for a Smart Divorce
“Time to Talk this Bank Holiday Weekend”
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...Read more
“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...Read more
“Christmas Eve with Dad? Christmas Day with Mum?”
“In Remembrance of … Families in Bath & Bristol”
“New Year Resolution – To Resolve Conflict with Your Ex Spouse”
‘Tis the time for New Year’s resolutions. Our perennial attempt to lose weight, pay off debt, quit smoking, become organised and spend less time at work. For divorcing and divorced...Read more
“Walk Away into Conflict – Collaborative Law offers an Alternative”
Walking away from an argument can be a warning sign of divorce. This is the finding of researchers at the University of Michigan after evaluating how 373 couples resolved conflicts.After...Read more
“Guidance for Parents – from the Family Courts on Helping Your Children”
During my years of practice as a family and divorce solicitor in Bath and Bristol, I have seen many parents whose greatest concern was how a divorce would affect their...Read more
“How could a Divorced Non-Resident Parent be more involved in a Child’s life?”
An absent father of a six year old child wrote to me recently – “I want to be involved as much as possible in my son’s life. I’m happy to...Read more
“Is There a Better Way to Divorce?”
How do you Prove Unreasonable Behaviour AND have an Amicable Divorce?
Pop singer, Cheryl Cole’s divorce from her England football husband Ashley would be “clean, swift, amicable and smooth” reported The Sun Newspaper at the end of May. And yet the divorce papers...Read more
Come Fly with Me – Do the Kids Go Too: Removal of Children from England & Wales
The summer holidays encourage many of us to travel abroad, find a getaway and soak up the sun for a week or two with the family. But for some the trip abroad...Read more
Let’s have Family Fun in the Sun this Summer – Tips for Separated Parents
Two weeks in the sun sounds fun with the family but can represent a challenge for many separated and divorced parents. Divorce Court Orders frequently provide contact for the annual...Read more
The Way you Divorce could Save your Business
A Client’s Guide to Collaborative Divorce – Putting Your Family First
“Our children aged 16 & 14 were reassured by seeing us working together to resolve our issues.” – “It really was by far the best thing we could have done....Read more
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...Read more
It Takes Two – To Get Co-parenting after Divorce
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...Read more
Let’s Keep Christmas a Family Affair
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...Read more
The statistics are staggering. One quarter of children in the UK will be involved in their parent’s divorce during their childhood. Each year that involves between 80,000 and 150,000 children...Read more
Seven Slip Ups to Avoid on Separation & Divorce
How Do I Tell Our Children We are Divorcing?
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...Read more
For Better not Worse – A Collaborative Divorce