The Early Days Of Separation

Humans are designed to cope with many onslaughts, but change continues to prove extremely challenging. How you manage the early days of separation or ...

The Impact On Children

It is so easy to be told that you need to put your children first when we are separating, but what does it actually mean? When your life is turmoil an...

Co-operative Parenting

Co-operative parenting (sometimes shortened to co-parenting) is about sharing decisions and information about your children and making them feel as th...

Friends And Family

How important are friends and family in a separation or divorce? Maybe you are reading this as a friend or relation of someone close to you who is sep...

Being A Good Ex

This is probably one of the hardest roles to play ever! And no one gets it right all the time. Being a good ex is often particularly difficult in t...

Grandparents

It goes without saying that most grandparents make a positive impact on their grandchildren’s lives. They can shape and help to define a child's ...

Communication

It almost goes without saying that for those divorcing or separating there will have been problems with communication in your relationship. Such probl...

Not Seeing The Children

What does it mean for a parent not seeing the children? What does if mean for a child not seeing a parent? There is no doubt that losing daily cont...

Parental Alienation

Parental alienation refers to a situation where a child appears resistant to an ongoing relationship with a parent despite having had a “good-enough...

Passports And Holidays

Before you plan a holiday with your children make sure you know what you need to do. Being stopped at passport control and asked to prove your child...

Cohabiting And Civil Partnerships

Not everyone gets married; cohabiting and civil partnerships are a popular option for many couples and families. There is also a common public misc...

Schools

Schools can play a key role when it comes to supporting children through parental separation. When you separate, it is really important that you let t...

The Workplace

Research has shown that going through a divorce or separation has a negative effect on the ability to function properly at work. It has been shown tha...

Social Media And Technology

There is a role for social media and technology in separation and divorce. It can be used to ‘back up’ anything you are trying to prove. So in ...

Alcohol And Drugs

Excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs are concerns raised very often during a divorce or separation. Worries around the child(ren) not being look...

Mental Health

The act of divorcing or separating usually comes about after a period, sometimes an extended period, where life at home will have been unhappy, stress...

Looking After Yourself

Divorce and separation are life-changing events and can be painful and difficult to go through. Looking after yourself at such times is crucial, and e...

Emotions And Trauma

Both emotions and trauma can impact during a divorce or separation. Understanding more about your emotions and how your body is reacting to a highly s...

Domestic Abuse

If you are reading this and in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the Police. Domestic Abuse Or Domestic Violence? Domestic abuse is more than p...

Money and Finances

Sorting out money and finances or assets (what you and your ex acquired or built up that has economic value during your relationship) post separation ...

Debt

Not surprisingly, debt can cause numerous issues at the point of divorce or separation. As you might expect, you will be liable for debts that are ...

Pensions

Pensions are cash and/or an income paid by the Government or a private company or arrangement on a person’s retirement. Pension funds can be extreme...

Housing

Housing can be a contentious issue during a separation or divorce. Deciding who should live where and who gets the family home can be one of the most ...

Choosing The Right Professional Support

Choosing the right professional support is one of the critical decisions you can make during a divorce and separation. Get it right, and you will be g...

Mediation

Mediation is the process through which independent mediators try to help a couple reach agreement about the arrangements to be made for children and/o...

Alternatives To Family Court

There are many alternatives to family court. For too many people, a bad situation gets worse if and when matters end up in a family court. There are a...

Going Through Family Court

What happens when we go through the family court? At every family court hearing, all parties should be given a chance to have their say before any dec...

Representing Yourself In Court

If you are representing yourself in court then you are a 'litigant in person' - a person acting on their own behalf in the family courts without assis...

Legal Aid

Legal aid is the provision of assistance in the form of financial support, designed for those who are unable to afford legal costs. Legal aid can help...

Court Forms, Orders & Caselaw

Court forms and orders are part of the family court process. There are a number of forms to fill in and submit when going through a divorce or separat...

Cafcass

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) is a non-departmental public body, set up to promote the welfare of children and ...

Professional Profiles

Once you have decided that you need some professional advice or support there are a number of things you can do: If you are unsure as to who is t...

Moving On...

Moving on after the separation is daunting. You have two homes and your children are going between you and your ex - you are living separate lives. Th...

Parenting Courses

There are a growing number of parenting courses available to support parents navigate their way through a separation with children.  They can offer a...