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Through his experience as a solicitor and equity partner in leading City of London commercial law firms, and successful involvement in all aspects of his own international matrimonial litigation, it became clear to him that the practise of family law would benefit from both the application of a psychological skill set (reflecting the underlying "subject-matter" of family law: individuals with their own psychological make-up, decision-making and coping strategies) and the very high levels of service demanded by commercial law clients.

The very successful outcomes enjoyed in his own litigation with the assistance of Gavin Emerson are now being replicated (and, indeed, exceeded) time and again for his own clients, confirming the merit of such a unique joint legal-psychological blueprint and the importance of an empathetic child-centric approach that can only come from personal experience.

Shared Custody Arrangements Prove Less Stressful for Children

A new study has found that shared custody arrangements between separated parents can be much less stressful for children than living full-time with one parent.

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Thought Processes around Divorce and Separation

An interesting new study from the US has looked at the thought process people go through when considering whether to break up with their partner.

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Factors Affecting Relationship Success

The different factors that can affect the success of a relationship or the likelihood of a marriage ending in divorce still appear to be popular areas of study for researchers. While some of these factors can seem quite obvious, others would appear on the face of it to have less of a direct link to relationship happiness.

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Research Finds Feelings about Divorce Can Change

People who are married but thinking about divorce shouldn’t rush to act on these thoughts as there is a good chance they will change their mind.
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Agreeing Pension Separation in Divorce

New analysis has shown that private pension wealth is the biggest component of household wealth in the UK, and has highlighted how important it is that this wealth is separated fairly in the event of divorce for the future financial well-being of both parties.

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Child Maintenance Service Criticised over Loopholes

A new report from single parent charity Gingerbread has levelled criticism at the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) for failing to ensure children received the appropriate level of support.

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Separating Couples Avoid ‘Compulsory’ Mediation Sessions

New research has cast further doubt over the success of the UK Government’s approach to encouraging a greater use of mediation amongst separating couples in England and Wales.

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Divorce Numbers Fall Across Britain

The Office for National Statistics has recently published details of the number of divorces that took place in England and Wales during 2015.

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Dispute over Validity of Actor’s Prenuptial Agreement

The family of actor Alan Thicke is headed to court in a dispute over a prenuptial agreement, the LA Times has reported.

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Leave to Remove – a (now) family lawyer’s view

The author of this article was formerly a commercial partner in a City of London firm. Having successfully defended his own leave to remove (relocation) case in 2007, he wrote about his experiences and his concerns for this area of law in Family Law Week [familylawweek http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed1212]. He now practises family law, specialising in leave to remove cases, drawing heavily upon the support of a psychological expert in order to replicate the commercial law multidisciplinary model for the provision of legal advice in which commercial clients demand that their legal team has an understanding of the subject matter of their practice area. In family law, this is the psychology of the individuals and of the case concerned.

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Report Calls for Stronger Enforcement by Child Maintenance Service

The new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) must be prepared and resourced to automatically take-over the more difficult or complicated child support non-payment cases from the CSA, and must be ‘toothier’ in enforcing payment.

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The Impact of Divorce on Retirement Income

A new study by Prudential into the impact of divorce on retirement income has found that retirees who have gone through a divorce will generally have a lower income than those who have never divorced, and are also more likely to be in debt.

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Should Civil Partnerships be Available to All Couples?

A recent poll has revealed widespread support across Britain for the idea that civil partnership should be available to all couples.

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Report on Closure of Old Child Maintenance Schemes Published

The National Audit Office recently published the findings of its investigation into the Department for Work & Pensions’ closure of its 1993 and 2003 child maintenance schemes.

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Poor Communication can be Detrimental to Relationships

A new piece of research has given an interesting insight into the most common reasons why marriages or cohabiting relationships breakdown.

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Judge Gives Ruling on Millionaire Couple's Divorce Settlement

A high court judge in London has recently given his decision in the long-running divorce dispute between millionaire couple Khoo Kay Peng and Pauline Chai, reports the Guardian.

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Marriage Trends in the UK

Recently published figures have given an interesting breakdown of marriage trends in England and Wales, and also in Scotland.

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Calls for Reforms to Deprivation of Liberty Processes

The Law Commission for England and Wales recently carried out a review of the law relating to deprivation of liberty to ensure that suitable protections are in place within the legislative framework.

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Couples Use Prenuptial Agreements to Cover Pet Custody Issues

New research from Direct Line Pet Insurance has revealed that as many as 28% of people would consider putting a prenuptial agreement in place to cover custody of their pets in the event that a relationship breaks down.

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Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse

The Government has recently announced a number of new measures to tackle domestic abuse in England and Wales and provide further support to victims.

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