Children first – 10 tips for protecting children from the fallout of separation

This week sees the launch of a campaign by the Positive Parenting Alliance, a newly-formed grouping of leading (and fantastic) parents organisations, relationship charities, those who work with children in the sphere of parental separation/mental health and some parents who have been through separation themselves.  It aims to start a wider conversation in society aboutContinue reading “Children first – 10 tips for protecting children from the fallout of separation”

100 days of lockdown – in photos, Tweets and news

It is said that today, Tuesday 30 June marks the 100th day of lockdown. [I take issue with that, by the way; the first FULL day of lockdown was Tuesday 24 March which, by my reckoning, gives tomorrow that mantel. PoTAYto/poTARto]. Either way, it is some milestone, even if confusion reigns about the day onContinue reading “100 days of lockdown – in photos, Tweets and news”

Educating the educators, policing the parents, safeguarding children? Schools and separation

Earlier this month, I answered an FT reader’s question about what happens if separated parents disagree about their child’s schooling. It feels as though issues arising between parents on separation are becoming ever more numerous and complex, and that there is a weight of expectation on schools to be both a referee for the parentsContinue reading “Educating the educators, policing the parents, safeguarding children? Schools and separation”

Vanquishing “gold diggers”, disregarding fairness? The future of financial remedies on divorce

The statutory provisions around how finances on divorce are to be approached – as set out in s25(2) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – are as old as yours truly. That is, VERY old. But what we have is an excellent (by and large) family judiciary which uses the discretion afforded by that statuteContinue reading “Vanquishing “gold diggers”, disregarding fairness? The future of financial remedies on divorce”

Divorced from reality? How the myth of “divorce day” jeopardises good divorce

Those who have the (mis)fortune to follow me on Twitter, or indeed to know me through having met me (unconventional I know), will be aware that at this time each year I reach peak levels of grumpiness for one particular reason. Yes, I lament the taking down of my Christmas tree and associated festive tat, theContinue reading “Divorced from reality? How the myth of “divorce day” jeopardises good divorce”

A civil(ised) end to the decade

The last day of the decade started abruptly for me. I was awoken from my slumbers in a hotel bed in Berlin by a text from a producer at BBC Radio London asking if I’d go on their breakfast show to talk about the advent of civil partnerships for all. A potted history The factContinue reading “A civil(ised) end to the decade”