Covid-19 has brought many difficulties this year. For separated parents there may have been disagreements with current child arrangements. On 24th April 2020, Cafcass launched their co-parent hub to try to provide parents with online tools to co-parent effectively during lockdown and the ongoing future.    How does it work? Parents who wish to use…

Covid-19 has brought with it a lot of firsts for me, with the biggest one to date being remote hearings. Having read the guidance on remote hearings, I have to admit that I was anxious about handling a remote hearing given that we would be completely reliant on technology. I can now say that I…

Given the uncertain times ahead, I thought I would discuss a topic that is particularly close to me at the given that I am (hopefully) a 2020 bride. With the recent lockdown implemented by the government, wedding services have been postponed. This means that any bride looking to get married within the period of this…

As a society we are being asked to distance ourselves from others for fear of spreading the coronavirus or infecting a person who is deemed to be a higher risk. Practically, how will this work if you have a hearing to attend?   If you have previously attended Court, you will know that there tends to…

The Marriage Story is a film about a couple and their marriage break up. It is available on Netflix and has been nominated for Golden Globes and Academy Awards. It is based around a couple, Charlie (played by Adam Driver) and Nicole (played by Scarlett Johansson) who decide that their marriage is no longer working…

Since 2018, Litigants in Person (people who do not have legal representation) and 100 law firms have been able to complete their divorce applications online. This was part of a pilot scheme that was launched. HMCTS has now extended the pilot scheme so that all legal practitioners are now able to complete the divorce process…

Independent review website Three Best Rated has once again rated Paul as one of the top three family solicitors in Reading. Paul has been a Partner for many years at Barrett and Co Solicitors LLP and has been advising on family disputes and divorce as his speciality. Family law is a wide-ranging term for the…

Many people hold a joint bank or building society account either with their spouse or partner or sometimes with another family member. This article will suggest some of the difficulties encountered with joint accounts and the common misconceptions regarding ownership of the funds. There are a variety of reasons for holding an account in joint…

This article offers a brief guide to the law relating to Special Guardianship Orders and does not cover all aspects of the matter. What is a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) and how does it work? The law relating to a SGO is contained within s.14 of the Children Act 1989, and if granted by the…

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of cohabiting couple families is growing faster than married couples and has increased by 25% over the past decade; making them the second largest family type (the largest being married couple families). It has also been established that one in five cohabiting couples…

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