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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.

Government Urged to Increase Relationship Support Funding

A group of charities, MPs and leading academics have called on the Government to do more to tackle family breakdown by tripling the current funding for preventative relationship support to £22 million. The call follows recent recognition from the Government that family breakdown is one of the root causes of child poverty.

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New Research into Likelihood of Divorce

Couples who marry after their first child is born now stay together at the same rate as those who marry before the child arrives, according to new research presented to the Council on Contemporary Families.

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Marriages Adjust More Easily to Birth of Second Child

The birth of a first child can put a real strain on a marriage, but the relationship adjusts much more quickly after the birth of the second child, new research has found.

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Family Unsure How to Help Domestic Abuse Victims

Just under a third of people in Britain know someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, but most do not feel equipped to help them, new findings from Citizens Advice have revealed.

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Increase in Marriage Inequality between Rich and Poor

There is an increasing gap in the numbers getting married between the rich and poor, according to pro-marriage think tank Marriage Foundation, which claims that mothers with young children are four times more likely to be married if they are wealthy than if they are poor.

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New Mothers Assess Partner’s Parenting Skills

New research from America has revealed that the stability of a couple’s relationship will have an impact on how much a new father is encouraged to be involved in the raising of his child.

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Cafcass Experiences a Rise in Applications

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has seen a rise in both care applications and private law applications during July this year, compared to the same period last year.

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Marriage Age can Affect Risk of Divorce

The age that you get married can have an impact on whether your marriage will end in divorce, according to a new study from the United States.

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Calls for More Legal Protection for Cohabitants

Family law organisation Resolution has repeated its call for greater legal protection for couples in cohabiting relationships.

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ONS Reports on Marital Status and Living Arrangements

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has given an interesting insight into the legal marital status and living arrangements of people across England and Wales.

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Calls for Judges to Do More to Boost Mediation

Family charity, National Family Mediation (NFM) has called on judges and the wider family court system to do more to increase the take-up of family mediation.

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New Funding to End Delays for Children Awaiting Adoption

New Government funding worth £4.5 million is to be available to regional adoption agencies to help place children with new permanent families faster than ever before.

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Divorce is not Necessarily Bad for your Health

Contrary to the findings of other studies, divorce, separation and remarriage are not necessarily bad for your health, according to a new UK-based study.

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Financial Abuse goes “Under the Radar”

Just two in five UK adults are aware that domestic abuse can include a financial element, according to recent research from Citizens Advice.

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No Evidence that Family Courts Discriminate against Fathers

A new study has found no evidence that family courts in England and Wales are discriminating against fathers because of gender bias.

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New Measures to End Adoption Delays

The Queen’s Speech has outlined further improvements to the adoption system that aim to benefit children awaiting adoption by enabling them to be placed with a family far quicker.

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Link Between Domestic Violence and Mental Health Problems

A recent study has found that men visiting their GP with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to have experienced or carried out some form of behaviour linked to domestic violence and abuse.

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Duration of Child Return Proceedings were a Breach of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has recently given its decision in a case brought by a father who claimed that court proceedings concerning the return of his child lasted so long they were a breach of his rights under Art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to respect for private and family life).

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Judge Gives Ruling in Surrogacy Case

A High Court judge has ruled that a one-year-old girl should live with her father and his male partner instead of her mother, reports the BBC.

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Family Break-Up Linked to Psychosomatic Problems in Teens

Parental separation or divorce is linked to a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems among the children in the family, according to recent research from Sweden published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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