The Family Law Awards 2019

Yesterday was the first anniversary of opening this firm and I could not be prouder to announce that we have been named as a finalist in the Family Law Awards 2019 in the category of Family Law Firm of the Year – South. Ruth, Irena and I are extremely proud of everything we have achieved in our first year and we feel honoured to have been recognised as a worthy

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A public inquiry into the family justice system?

First published in Family Law “Call for inquiry into abusive parents’ access to children” was the story on the BBC website on Thursday (15 May). It plugged a feature on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. For early birds the story was also at the top of the news on the Today show on Radio 4 but nowhere else. What was this all about and what do we know? Initially very

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Why bother with a pre-nup?

Prenuptial agreements do not bind the courts in England & Wales. This is because the courts have a wide discretion in deciding what the financial outcome of a couple’s divorce might be. So what is the point of a pre-nup? The case of Radmacher V Granatino in the Supreme Court stated that it was likely that a prenuptial agreement would be upheld if it were fair. It held that the

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Why are we excited about in-house therapeutic services?

I remember many years ago hearing about a firm who were offering clients therapy alongside their divorce. It was a long time before Ruth, Irena and I decided to open Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne but it stayed with me. I remember admiring the logic of offering a client going through a traumatic experience some therapy, but also wondering whether we could expand upon it. I think it is clear to

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Legal Aid for Family Law Matters

Getting Help to Pay for Legal Costs Irena Osborne Legal aid is the use of public funds to help to pay for legal advice, family mediation and court representation. The Legal Aid Agency is in charge of providing legal aid in England and Wales.   When a client asks “will I get legal aid for my family case” they generally expect a “yes” or a “no” answer. The determination for

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How to deal with a spouse who is not responding to a divorce petition

…on a gloomy April (or any other) day. I am writing this article on a rainy April day the mood of which is captured  by Mathilde Blind   In her poem April Rain: “The April rain, the April rain, Comes slanting down in fitful showers,” Mathilde Blind (1841 – 1896 / Germany) On this dreary day I am thoughtful of the few cases I have been working on lately where

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