08 June 2021

We now have a revised date for the introduction of no-fault divorce. It is hoped that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will become reality on 06 April 2022.

Initially, the government indicated that the Act would come into force in the autumn of this year, but additional time is required to update the HMCTS’s online divorce system.

The news broke yesterday afternoon when Chris Philp MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office), responded to a question from Jane Stevenson MP regarding the progress made on implementing the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020.

For further information, please follow this link to the Resolution news page: Government commits to 6th April for introduction of Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act.

When parents or caregivers separate, their immediate concern is usually the potential impact on their children. Child inclusive mediation provides a space where children’s voices can be heard and gives parents the opportunity to take their needs and opinions into account when making decisions about the future. To find out more about child inclusive mediation and how LSL Family Law can assist with your family matter, read on…

On 26 March 2021, the government announced that it was investing £1m in family mediation to support families to resolve issues relating to children. To find out more about the family mediation voucher scheme, whether you are eligible and how LSL Family Law could help to resolve your family issue, read on…

According to a British Attitudes Survey, 46% of people believe that common law marriage exists in England and Wales. The widespread acceptance of this myth and the lack of legislation to protect cohabiting couples leaves many families legally and financially vulnerable.

What can cohabiting couples do to safeguard themselves and their loved ones?

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When a relationship breaks down, what are the next steps? And how can a family solicitor help couples to separate well? Tanya Foster, our family law consultant, offers some key advice.

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It is always a pleasure to speak with family law professionals who share our commitment to issue resolution, so we were delighted when Debbie Ross from Bright Mediation UK accepted our invitation to meet for a Zoom coffee during Family Mediation Week.

Organised by the Family Mediation Council, Family Mediation Week aims to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families to resolve their issues constructively and collaboratively.

Many separating couples are not aware of the full range of options open to them and how, with the right support and guidance, they can work together to reach an amicable and long-lasting agreement rather than settle their differences in court.

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Christmas is a unique time of year. For many, the run-up to December 25th is filled with cheerful anticipation and excitement: for others, it is a source of great stress and can feel anything but merry. Some former couples find it difficult to agree on when – or how – their children will spend time with each parent. At times, even communicating with an ex-partner can be a distressing experience.

Asking a family lawyer for help when communications are strained or arrangements are proving tricky to negotiate, may seem like a drastic step. But finding a lawyer who is focused on improving the situation and who is dedicated to keeping your children’s welfare at the heart of the decision-making, can be a worthwhile long-term investment. Read more…

When clients contact us, they often feel overwhelmed – especially if the end of their marriage has come as something of a shock. It is common for one spouse to have grieved, let go and moved on, leaving the other to play catch-up. When emotions are so raw, there is potential for the situation to escalate, leading to animosity and entrenched positions.

How, then, is it possible to avoid conflict and emerge from divorce with a good working relationship, ready and able to move on to the next chapter in your lives?

At LSL Family Law, we believe in resolving issues, not inflaming them. As Resolution-accredited family solicitors, Linda and new LSL Family Law consultant Tanya Foster both believe it is possible to achieve a good divorce. Read more…

For private law disputes involving children that cannot be resolved by mediation, children arbitration offers the benefits of an independent adjudicator and a cost-effective alternative to court.

A swift and versatile form of private dispute resolution, arbitration is completely confidential (making it particularly suitable for sensitive cases), and parties are guaranteed a decision at the end of the process. Unlike court proceedings, parties may select their own arbitrator from the Children Panel (a family law solicitor or barrister trained in children arbitration) who has the specialist knowledge to resolve their specific dispute.  Read more…

After thirty years of campaigning, no-fault divorce is finally on its way. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill passed through parliament in June this year.

Modernisation of the system had been long overdue: the last reforms to divorce law in England and Wales were enacted in 1969! The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will give couples the option to petition jointly for divorce or dissolution, rather than apportioning blame or waiting years to formally end the relationship on the grounds of separation. Read more…

We are delighted to announce that Linda has been selected as one of the #ialso Top 100 for 2020, a collection of 100 female entrepreneurs inspiring their peers and communities through their businesses and wider activities.  Read more…

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