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“Until two weeks ago he insisted there was no one else, then my phone pinged and I saw (he) had unblocked me on Instagram. I thought maybe there was a chance he wanted to talk or something. Then it was announced by him and his mistress that they were a couple.”

When actor Ioan Gruffudd walked out on his wife of 14 years in January 2021, Alice Evans claimed he gave no explanation for his actions. She also claimed that Gruffudd secretly filed for divorce, and she only found out about it via a media news story.

 

Letting everyone know via social media

Celebrities are turning to social media to announce major moments in their personal lives, including the end of relationships and divorce proceedings. Some choose to issue joint statements explaining how they are separating and respect each other. Those with kids often emphasis how they will be co-parenting their children. Most leave the more personal details of the breakup for the courtroom.

This is also true of the Gruffodd/Evans divorce, at least as far as he formal paperwork is concerned. The divorce papers filed in Los Angeles stated that the couple were collaborating on spousal support and were seeking joint custody of their two daughters.

What sets Ms Evans apart is that after Gruffodd left, she took to social media to disclose personal and detailed information to her fans via her own social media. As The Mirror newspaper commented, Ms Evans:

“Has refused to hold back and has detailed every part of their toxic split on social media.”

In turn, Gruffudd’s divorce petition cites “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. However, his own social media announcement that he and his girlfriend were now a couple in turn prompted social media replies from work colleagues, congratulating them on being able to be open about their relationship that had previously been kept secret.

 

Don’t hit the Post button yet

Evans is not the first angry ex to be litigating via the media. More and more couples are taking to social media to reveal acrimonious details of their disputes, splits and to describe in detail what their version of events is.

In the heat of the moment, some may not take the time to consider how this very public airing of both facts and emotions can have a devastating impact on:

  • their children
  • their wider family, including grandparents
  • their legal case in divorce

At LGFL, we always advise clients to stop, take a deep breath or two and walk away for a few minutes before they hit the “Post” or “Send” button. This gives you time to cool down from the heat of the moment a little, consider what you have written, and what the implications might be if you choose to publish it.

 

Published posts and the courts

The key word here is “publish”. When you post on social media, regardless of your privacy settings, you are in effect publishing your news and views as if it were in a newspaper. You are placing your private information on a third party publishing platform, and giving them permission to share that with (potentially) a global audience. Even if your privacy settings limit the post to just a group of friends, there is nothing stopping them sharing the information, if not the actual post, with other mutual connections. So if you publish detailed posts, information that should remain private can very soon become public knowledge.

Furthermore, anything you post publicly online could be accessed by a court, and/or presented by the opposite party as evidence in a divorce case. If it is private, the court cannot access it, but it may be adduced as evidence.

Whilst you may think that your posts or tweets are simply ‘setting the record straight’ on something your ex has posted, a court may not take that view unless you can substantiate the claim. Instead, save and document that evidence to discuss with your divorce lawyer, and use it to potentially support your case in court or at mediation.

 

The impact of your social media posts

It is also crucial to consider the impact publishing on social media has on your own family, and especially your children. It must have been very hurtful for the couple’s children not knowing the reality of the situation - and then seeing it first on an Instagram feed.

Alice Evans wrote on Twitter her concerns about the effect on their daughters aged 12 and 8:

“You know what they ARE upset about though? That their Dad walked out and abandoned them out of the blue. Without explanation.”

She fears that this may cloud their future viewpoints:

“I’m scared that my little girls will be disappointed by their Dad’s behaviour and model that in their future relations with the opposite sex."

However, there is also the potentially “disappointing” example Ms Evans has set her girls in posting extensively on various social media platforms about the split.

 

Different points of view

It's always important to remember that we never really know what goes on behind closed doors in relationships. Gruffodd's own restraint doesn't necessarily mean he hasn't plenty to say, just that he doesn't choose to say it. Neither should Evans' plentiful social media posting equate to fault on either part. The aim of resolution lawyers such as ourselves is to move away from the blame game, and deal with matters away from the courtroom as far as possible.

 

Joint custody and co-parenting

In an interview with The Guardian. Gruffodd admitted to not being an experienced full-time parent:

“I think I did it for a week and thought I was really cool. Alice …had been away for a week. I was showing off – ‘the kids are in bed’ – and she was ‘Yeah, you’ve done one week Ioan, try six months’.”

The logistics and practicalities of co-parenting is an issue that all parents will need to address, and an area where mediation and collaborative law can help agreements to be reached outside of court rooms.

 

Tempted to take to social media about your relationship breakdown?

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Legal 500 UK 2022

Divorce in 2020 has probably been more stressful for almost every couple that has separated. Family lawyer and LGFL Managing Director Rita Gupta takes a look at celebrity divorces, and how these high-profile couples share the same issues as anyone else going through divorce or separation.

 

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

The Hollywood superstar couple share six children - Maddox Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Vivienne and Knox. All the children have the surname Jolie-Pitt.

According to a source quoted in “People” magazine, back in July, the couple’s family therapy appeared to have helped them co-parent more effectively.

"It&'s taken them a long time … to get to this point. The younger kids go back and forth between their houses, and Brad loves spending as much time with them as possible. He seems much happier.”

However, that situation may be changing. A source from “Us” magazine explained that:

“Brad wants 50/50 joint physical and legal custody of the kids. Angelina has been unagreeable to those terms (and) will only agree to talk about an agreement if the home base for the children isn’t Los Angeles. The younger kids are in school in Los Angeles, which Angelina has always been opposed to.”

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the A-list couple have filed a list of 21 expert witnesses from security experts to child psychologists to appear at the court hearing to support their arguments. It includes “controversial” domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette.

The origins of the custody battle appears to:

“Have stemmed in no small part from the actress' desire to move the children abroad. Brad vehemently opposed taking the kids abroad via his legal team.”

The couple currently live just under a mile apart, so the children are able to travel easily between their parents’ homes.

 

Rita says: As far as possible, we adopt a collaborative law approach to get separating parents to agree together what is best for the children outside of court proceedings. Child arrangements made outside of court are more likely to last, in our experience. However, in some cases courtroom battles over child arrangements, custody and contact are unavoidable, either to achieve the outcome you require, or because proceedings have been started by the other party.

If you do need to go to court, it pays to have experience litigators on your side, such as ourselves. As my Legal 500 2021 profile says “(Rita) will really go the extra mile to fight her client's corner. Her client dedication is second to none (and) she is tenacious, and determined.” As a team, Anne and I are “Both terrier-like in their tenacity to achieve success.”

Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s blended family

Grammy and Emmy award-winning singer Clarkson and her estranged husband share four children, two from their marriage and two from his previous marriage. However, unlike her usual direct and open approach to talking about her private life, for Clarkson the divorce is much more a closed book.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Clarkson explained her reasons:

“I'm not going to be able to be truly open about this in certain aspects because there's kids involved. My children and his older children — there are a lot of little hearts involved in this and while people feel, ‘Oh my gosh, what a loss...' imagine how it is in the epicenter of the storm. It's a lot to process and deal with, just as a family.”

 

Rita says: We admire the way Kelly is putting all four children at the centre of her decision not to open up to the media about her divorce. A child-centred approach is very much our aim here at LGFL. It helps parents to look at the overall impact of their decision to divorce, and to some degree, clear the petty disagreements away so they can focus on the major decisions that need to be made.

 

Phil Collins and Orianne Cevey - back together until…

Rock singer and drummer Collins and his third wife Cevey divorced back in 2008 reaching a $46million settlement. They subsequently reconciled in 2016 and lived together in Miami with their two sons. Collins said at the time that:

“Our young sons Matthew and Nicholas are like a dog with two tails. I mean, they're just so happy. They've got their mum and dad back together, so it's a good place to be at the moment."

However, Cevey now faces a potential eviction lawsuit after she married Thomas Bates in Las Vegas in August, without informing Collins. A formal request by Collins for her to move out of the house she share(d) with Collins was refused by Cevey. The couple have two sons, Nicholas (19) and Matthew (15).

 

Rita says: If an English or Welsh court were involved to decide where their sons should live, it would only be able to rule on the child arrangements for the 15 year old son. The 19 year old would be judged to be able to decide for himself.

What makes this situation so potentially tricky is that both Collins AND Cevey could claim that the property they share, which is owned by Collins, is their main home, and therefore the family home of their children. Quite why Cevey refuses to move out given that she has remarried is unknown, but some sources suggest she is keen to renegotiate the original 2008 settlement. Either way, once again, we see children stuck in the middle of acrimonious and divorced parents, made more difficult by the fact that they share the same physical space.

 

Keeping focused on the children

We see these kind of headline stories reflected in cases we deal with here in our local area of Reading, east Berkshire, and north Hampshire. In every case, we always adopt a child-centric approach, to find a way for couples to separate without splitting the family. We also see cases where a clean split is important too, such as cases involving domestic violence again women or men, and where the children need to be protected.

Whatever situation you find yourself in when you decide to separate from a spouse, a civil partner or a cohabiting partner, as experienced family lawyers we can help. Call us to book your initial 1-hour, no-obligation consultation, and we’ll give you the first 30 minutes free.

LGFL January Roundup of News

If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From our blog:

Adultery, marriage, divorce and Kirk Douglas

Woman with shh fingers and hand around man's head - adultery

 

The late Kirk Douglas was married to his second wife for 65 years, despite having many affairs. Some marriages do last after infidelity, but for most, it's the end of the road.

Our new article explores some of implications of citing adultery in divorce, and how soon that could all change.

 

Step parents: Rio and Kate shine a light on the challenges

woman in kitchen stressed at the change in lifestyle becoming a step parent

 

If you're part of the estimated 7 million step families in the UK, the recent Rio and Kate Ferdinand documentary may have struck a chord.

 

 

 

 

 

From our social media:

Domestic abusers winning time with children by accusing mothers of parental alienation, study finds

More needs to be done to correctly define and recognise 'parental alienation'.

Abusive men are winning time with their children by accusing mothers who have won custody of turning their child against them, a new report has found.

 

Legal services ‘worth £60bn to UK economy’ - report

That's a lot of money to the economy!

 

Children's Mental Health Week

1 in 8 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition. It’s Children's Mental Health Week this week to help raise awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

 

I've gained a best friend’: readers on getting on with ex-partners after divorce

Divorce doesn't mean it's impossible to be friends. This story shows that it can work.

 

Divorce Bill House of Lords Debate

The debate was earlier in the month today - hopefully the end is near!

 

HMCTS shuts heavily criticised divorce centres

Why?
Due to more work shifting online, the Gazette has learned. HM Courts & Tribunals Service has closed centres which were opened in 2015 but have been heavily criticised by senior judges for delays and inefficiencies.

 

Larry King says 26 year age difference between him and wife ‘Became an issue’

TV host Larry King said: “When there are moments of unhappiness in a marriage, you can overcome it at 40, but at my age, it became a lot.

“I wanted to be happy. Separating was of course difficult. But there is nothing worse than arguing.”

 

Archers storyline reflects need for surrogacy law reform

The Archers do keep up to date with current issues.

 

More than 90,000 people have signed a petition calling on TV networks to do more to support victims of sexual violence.

Rape Crisis sums up the importance of support: If more TV networks agree to adopt these simple new guidelines it could have an enormous impact for survivors of sexual violence across the country.

 

Sharing today’s divorce tip from the child’s perspective

The tips are created by The Family Justice Young People’s Board members, who all have first have experience of family law proceedings.

You can find more information at Cafcass

 

UK’s youngest female judge promoted to full district status aged 34

Good to see young women being recognised.

 

AND FINALLY

Reading's hidden history you probably walk past every day without spotting

Sharing something on our town Reading - some great sights if you seek them out.

Divorce News items for Jan 2020

If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From our blog:

Gold Digger: the middle class façade of happy families

 

We’re you gripped by the TV series "Gold Digger"? It's a terrific drama that peels away the veneer of respectability in middle class life. We've seen all the resulting family law issues first hand here at LGFL.

 

New Year new You

 

Our article explores the impact Christmas can have on an already strained relationship or marriage, and how legal advice is a crucial first step towards separating and getting a divorce.

 

 

 

Men are victims too: the ManKind domestic violence conference

 

The first in a series of new articles on an under-reported and misunderstood issue in modern relationships: domestic violence against men.

 

Breaking up after all these years: celebrity divorce in 2019

Celebrity facing paparazzi

 

Our roundup of the top celebrity divorces of 2019, including a top Hollywood actor divorcing after just a few days of marriage, and a Labrador at the centre of a substantial financial settlement dispute.

 

Men are victims too: domestic violence, emotional abuse and coercive control

man with back to camera

 

Our second article on domestic violence against men looks at the impact of abuse to the, their families and their friends. Director Rita Gupta examines the impact of:
• children witnessing domestic violence
• court action to enforce child arrangements on finances
• coercive control over men

 

 

From our social media:

Three-quarters of domestic abuse victims trying to flee partner hit with ‘insidious’ technological abuse

Three in four domestic abuse victims have been exposed to “controlling, humiliating or monitoring” behaviour by their former partners using technology, new figures show.

 

Lady Hale: 'My Desert Island Judgments? Number one would probably be the prorogation case'

Let's hear it for Lady Hale. This is a great read.

 

Cameras in court risks chucking judges under the bus

Lights, camera… but is there a court for action?

 

Marco Pierre White and estranged wife Matilde in High Court money row

The ongoing saga of chef's separation/divorce and money. Mr White says he cannot afford to pay what he has been ordered to and wants a review.

 

‘Pioneer’ Lady Hale praised ahead of retirement as Supreme Court president

Let's hear it for Lady Hale.
The 1st woman appointed to the Law Commission, the 1st female Law Lord, the 1st female Supreme Court justice and the 1st woman president of the Supreme Court – was “an inspiration to women, and especially to women lawyers”.

 

Conversations - Episode 1

Marking Family Mediation Week.

Listen to the podcast from Family mediation week speaking to members of Family Mediation Council about the results of their 2019 Family Mediation Survey and the benefits of mediation to separating families.

 

Why separate beds are good for your health... and marriage

Bed breaks and their benefits?

 

Man locked in court battle with ex-wife requests trial by combat — but asks judge for 12 weeks to source samurai swords

Trial by combat…with samurai swords? Not the best approach to divorce.

 

Domestic abuse cases abandoned too quickly when victims retreat – study

This article does make for sad reading. Funding issues are having a great impact.
“The domestic abuse caseload for both the CPS and the police has increased by 88% against the backdrop of a 25% reduction in police and CPS funding,”

 

Family judges could get training after row over comments on rape

This is a welcome move, and we fully support this type of training. However, this was a disappointing comment in the light of current research, and a growing acceptance of just how far coercive control and psychological abuse can go.

 

Domestic abusers winning time with children by accusing mothers of parental alienation, study finds

More needs to be done to correctly define and recognise 'parental alienation'.

Abusive men are winning time with their children by accusing mothers who have won custody of turning their child against them, a new report has found.

 

Hounds of love: The rise of pet custody battles in divorce settlements

We do love our pets!

 

Why promoted women are more likely to divorce

The article comes to this summary:

“divorce isn’t always a bad thing. …Getting a divorce doesn’t always need to be the end of the world,…It’s not necessarily ideal to stay with the same person your whole life.”

 

'Marriage Story was stunningly on-point': what divorce lawyers want you to know

Summed up by a nice quote in the article:
“No one really goes in with the right knowledge when they start a divorce. They think it will be quite straightforward – but it never is.”

 

Understanding family justice and protecting the victims of abuse

Interesting to hear the judges viewpoint from the Judge himself.

Celebrity facing paparazzi

Breaking up is never easy to do, but some of the celebs who spilt in 2019 are separating after decades of marriage. However, given that UK divorcing couples are married for an average of 12-and-a-half years (according to the ONS), some celeb marriages have out-lasted the average by a considerable margin. Director Rita Gupta looks back on a year of surprise splits for some long-established couples.

So long, farewell….

Money can’t buy happiness, or at least, sustain a marriage indefinitely. After 25 years together, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos divorced his wife and mother of their four children, Mackenzie Bezos. The settlement? An eye-watering $38billion, until you realise that he’s still worth an estimated $118bn.

To boldly go? 88 year old “Star Trek” actor William Shatner filed for divorce on December 10th, but listed their date of separation as of 1 February. This is Shatner’s fourth divorce.

“Hellboy” actor Ron Perlman filed for divorce from his wife of almost four decades in November 2019. The appropriately named Opal is a jewellery designer, and the couple share two children grown-up children; daughter Blake, 35, and son Brandon, 29.

American politician Sarah Palin is to divorce husband of 31 years, Todd. In his petition, he cited “Incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife.” The couple eloped together in 1988 and have five children: Bristol, Trig, Track, Willow and Piper.

Everyone’s favourite Mr Darcy Colin Firth has split from his wife of 22 years, Livia Giuggiolo. The couple’s split follows a rather odd situation in 2018 when Livia ended an affair with Marco Branaccia. The couple subsequently made a complaint against Mr Branaccia for stalking Livia, a claim he denied.

Just can’t get settled

The ramifications of separation still continue between Ant McPartlin and ex-wife Lisa Armstrong. The couple were married in 2006 and separated in 2018 and filing for divorce. However, the couple have still not reached a settlement. According to The Mirror, “Ant has reportedly made his ex a very generous offer of around half of his £63 million fortune.” Two of the alleged sticking points in the failure to reach an agreement are Ms Armstrong’s refusal to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and the on-going dispute about who gets custody of Hurley, the couple’s beloved Labrador dog.

Divorce tourist? 

Russian oligarch's wife Natalia Potanina tried to claim a third of her husband’s £15 billion wealth through the English courts, having failed to do so through the Russian courts. Natalia took her husband Vladimir Potanin to the High Court after being awarded ‘just’ $41.5 million in Russia. However, Mr Justice Cohen said that Mrs Potanina had received over $84 million, plus $7.3 million in child maintenance and that

“If the claim were allowed to proceed, there would be effectively no limit to 'divorce tourism'”. Accordingly, he dismissed her application"

Partners and parents

Actor Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk split up in early 2019, resulting in action to secure a joint custody arrangement to co-parent their daughter, Lea De Seine, aged 2.

Another couple needing to settle child arrangements were Joey Fatone and Kelly Baldwin, who filed for divorce in May 2019. Fatone was the deep voice in the band boyband NSYNC and co-starred in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding “.

Grammy-award winning singer Adele and Simon Konecki split but in a statement to The Associated Press, confirmed that they were both "committed to raising their son (Angelo, 6) together lovingly."

Former husband to Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold split from his fourth wife Ashley Groussman after 10 years of marriage. The couple have two children aged 5 and 3, and Arnold has been quoted as saying that: “Because I’m a father, I genuinely have the best life I’ve ever had.”

Short but sweet?

Actor Nicolas Cage and make-up artists Erika Koike filed for a marriage license on March 23 2019. However, according to the Metro newspaper, just four days later, the actor applied for an annulment as he was ‘too drunk’ to understand he was marrying Erika. They were divorced just two months later. This was Cage’s fourth marriage, having been married to first wife Patricia Arquette for 6 years, second wife Lisa Marie Presley for 3 months, and third wife Alice Kim for 12 years.

And the most eligible divorcees are…

Society magazine Tatler has named the most 'eligible, worldly, unattached' and ' most glamorous gang in town', which includes:

  • Sheherazade Goldsmith, ex-wife of Minister of State and MP Zak.
  • Musician Mark Ronson
  • Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich
  • Tessy Antony De Nassau, the ex-wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg
  • Frances Osborne, ex-wife of former Chancellor George Osborne and full-time author

 

Divorce without the drama

If you’re looking for a discreet divorce and fair financial settlement out of the spotlight, contact us. We have extensive experience in separation and divorce for high net worth individuals and business people and our non-London, countryside location ensures complete confidentiality and privacy.

Call us to meet one of our Directors and discuss your own situation.

If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From our blog:

I’m a celebrity - get me sorted

 

I'm A Celebrity co-host Ant McPartlin is reportedly set to enter mediation with his ex wife Lisa Armstrong before the tucker trials and jungle camping start. My view on what this can achieve, as a trained Resolution mediator.

 

Creating Better Futures: why our latest charity sponsorship is so important

 

Introducing Plaxedes, a girl we're sponsoring in Zimbabwe through Creating Better Futures to complete her schooling and achieve her ambition of becoming a policewoman.

 

 

Join Rita Gupta for her first MBL “Financial Remedy Cases” webinar

Clapperboard for Webinar with Rita Gupta

 

Join Rita Gupta for her first training seminar for legal professionals "Financial Remedy Cases - Practical Tips for Family Lawyers” - worth 1.25 CPD hours (MBL Seminars).

 

 

From our social media:

The Key to Bliss for a Dual-Career Couple? A Contract

An interesting look at partnerships, and the discussions at various stages of lives to help keep couples together.

 

Scots lawyers massively in favour of retaining wigs and gowns

The wigs and gowns for Scotland please.

 

Dubai's Princess Haya arrives at court for day two of custody battle

The estranged couple are both friends of the Queen. Their estimated £4.5billion #divorce could be the costliest in British legal history.

 

15 ways your job is destroying your marriage

Some things that you may not have thought of.

 

First registrations of opposite-sex civil partnerships set for New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve will be more important for some this year.

 

Election threatens criminal legal aid review progress

Divorce Bill and Domestic Abuse bill are not the only casualties of the election.

 

Domestic abuse legislation to fall due to election

‘due to the imminent dissolution of this parliament and the forthcoming general election, the bill will not progress any further and the public bill committee will no longer meet’.

Such is the fate of the domestic Abuse bill!

 

And finally

There still is no such thing as a ‘Common law marriage”!

We join Resolution’s campaign calling on all political parties to “provide greater protection for cohabiting couples”

 

The new series of “I’m a Celebrity” starts on Sunday 17th November, and the hype is in full swing. TV trailers are currently showing co-presenters Ant and Dec travelling in a boat to try and reach Australia. It’s also choppy waters at the moment for Ant McPartlin’s personal life. He is reportedly setting up meditation talks to reach a divorce settlement with ex-wife Lisa Armstrong, a professional make-up artist.

The move to mediation appears to be an attempt by McPartlin to get the financial settlement agreed before the start of “I’m A Celebrity”, according to reports in The Sun and The Mirror. The ex-couple have been so far unable to agree over a £62million settlement, and arbitration talks last month failed to get the matter resolved.

Lisa Armstrong is reported as resisting pressure to accept a settlement that she does not agree with, and has also resisted signing a non-disclosure agreement. The pair also needs to agree on custody of their chocolate Labrador Hurley, which currently spends alternate weeks with each of them. (Not unusual - see our article on “Who gets the dog”)

It is hoped that mediation talks will succeed where arbitration failed, and prevent the case being returned back to the High Court, with all the ensuing publicity and media scrutiny that would attract. The protracted legal process has also cost the couple at least £1million.

At LGFL, we have seen first-hand the positive outcomes from our own mediation sessions for clients. Professional mediation helps resolve differences between partners, and smooth the way for agreeing child and family arrangements outside of a court room. Our mediation services can be a quick, cost-effective and (above all) a constructive method of reaching an agreement between all parties.

Director Anne Leiper is a trained mediator and member of Resolution. She acts as an independent mediator, to help partners discuss important issues such as child arrangement and financial settlements. Both parties can then take the outcome of mediated discussions to their own solicitor for independent legal advice. Our mediation service is completely independent, so we do not offer mediation for any clients either Anne or Rita represent.

Mediation can be effective at any point in a relationship breakdown:

  • During separation
  • Whether court proceedings have commenced or not
  • At any time during those court processes

Anne is also keen to point out the additional benefits of mediation that couples may overlook:

  • If you undertake mediation at the beginning of a case you can work to avoid court costs.
  • You can also avoid being adjourned off if you have not mediated.
  • Any proposals are in both parties’ control. It is their process
  • Mediation can minimise long term family relationship damage. So, parents can continue to co-parent or co-dog own together.

So, if Ant and Lisa wish to use an independent, experienced mediator based in discreet dog-friendly offices just outside Reading, we’ll be happy to help!

If you missed what we’ve been sharing last month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From our blog:

New year, new start

If you're thinking of a fresh start in 2019, talk to a lawyer first. See our checklist of what to look for in a quality divorce lawyers, to ensure you get the level of attention you deserve.

Headline-grabbing celebrity divorces of 2018

Celebrity photo

Our annual roundup of the major celebrity divorce cases of 2018, from Aniston to Trump.

 

From our social media:

‘I couldn’t fight to get my children back’: the impact of legal aid cuts

A mother, a pensioner and others tell of trying to access justice without representation.

 

How London divorce judges are curbing ‘meal ticket for life

An interesting article from the Guardian
Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court, said in an April speech to Resolution, an association representing family lawyers, that she sees the goal of divorce settlements as being able to give each party an equal start on the road to independent living.

 

A difficult decision to have to take

Is it cruel to consider a Dementia divorce? You vowed to stay together in sickness and in health - but when your spouse is lost in a twilight world, more and more of us face a heartbreaking dilemma, says this top lawyer.

 

Gender gap again!

Divorced women over 50 end up with pensions worth £100,000 less than their ex-partners.

 

Half of $137billion - Now that would be a settlement to beat all!

At least that looks likely in the divorce between Amazon CEO and his wife. As Amazon is based, in Washington which is a community property state, so assets accrued during the marriage must be split equally in a divorce.

 

Another conquest for Lady Hale!

Courtroom to catwalk? Lady Hale appears in Vogue magazine to mark 100 years of women in law.

Resources for parents and carers

Confused about Cafcass? An excellent explanation of how the organisation gets involved on the request of the court, to reach a 'safe agreement' about your children. Also an excellent video at the end; well worth 4 mins of any divorcing parent's time.

 

The oligarch, his ex-wife and their bitter £450m divorce. Enter Interpol…

Now the oligarch calls on Interpol. The continuing saga of the mega-rich in divorce procedures.

 

Divorce most likely to cause emotional damage to children aged seven to 14, study finds

It’s the first British study to investigate the links between divorce and the mental wellbeing of children and was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine.

 

Unmarried couples who live together have no legal rights & I should know

A heartfelt story, shows how again that 'common-law' doesn't exist in law!

 

Family judge praised for ditching legal jargon so child can understand judgment

Now that's plain English! So it's clear for all parties.

If you missed what we’ve been sharing this month, here’s a round up of our blogs and some of the news posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
 

From our blog:

 

LGFL Genius

 

 

Law internships at LGFL Ltd

Interested in an internship with LGFL? Or know a law student or business undergraduate who might fit the bill? We've just released details of our 2018 internships.

 

 

LGFL Ltd are on the move - but not very far!

LGFL Ltd are moving to Wyvols Court Swallowfield, a unique location combining country house elegance and contemporary office design. We whilst retaining the discreet environment our clients value so much.

 

From our social media:

They may be divorced, but this couple still has an annual portrait with their son.
A recent YouGov survey shows co-habiting couples misconceive their rights. The Family Justice bill had it’s second reading on 12th May, hopefully Making a Family Law system fit for the 21st century.
An interesting story of gaining the space needed for both to enjoy their marriage and commitment. An 8 month sabbatical may not be the answer for all - but it’s an option.
 
 
The goal of this study is to find out what those pros and cons of parental communications with children using Internet technologies has during times of divorce or separation.
 

 

Study claims: the bigger the wedding the longer the marriage. Big weddings might not be good for the bank balance but could be great for longevity.
 
 
New study shows that if parents resolve differences the children are happier than they were before the argument.
Government cuts have meant nearly a 40% jump in the those refusing to press charges in domestic violence in 1 year.

 

 

That is the clients will only be men. Interesting idea, but at LGFL we'll represent either sex, because we understand divorce is more than just about the law

 
 

 

AND FINALLY:

Keep smiling

 

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Football with word - Genius

Privacy, genius and waitresses: the Ryan Giggs divorce case

The latest developments in the Ryan Giggs divorce proceedings, and why his case rests on him being a footballing 'genius'.