Children and Families Bill set out in the Queen's Speech

The new Children and Families Bill was announced last week in the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament. Measures included in the bill plan to allow parents to share parental leave, make inter-racial adoption easier and, crucially, to improve fathers’ access to their children after divorce. A number of recommendations included in the […]

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What is Resolution?

Dovetail Divorce are members of Resolution; an organisation that has proved invaluable in helping to support and promote the work of collaborative family lawyers. Here’s a little more information on Resolution and the important work they do. Resolution is an organisation of 5700 lawyers which was formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association. Lawyers […]

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Marriage Foundation launched today

The Marriage Foundation launched by High Court family judge, Sir Paul Coleridge, officially starts work today to promote marriage and warn of the devastating consequences of family breakdown. Sadly Britain is blighted by high divorce rates and a resulting erosion of marriage. In 2010, 241,000 couples got married in England and Wales (this figure is […]

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Divorce rates rise amongst the over 60s

Recent figures show a significant rise in the number of people aged over 60 who are filing for divorce. The boom in ‘silver separations’ as over 60s divorce is rapidly becoming known, is the only age group where the divorce rate is rising. Sadly when many couples reach retirement age, without having the structure and […]

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Berwins family lawyer qualifies as a family mediator

Sarah Smith,director and family lawyer at Berwins Solicitors in Harrogate, part of the Dovetail group, has just qualified as a family mediator. Qualifying as a family mediator means that Sarah will be able to lead the way in helping couples to resolve their marital conflicts away from the courts. Sarah has completed a very intensive […]

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The Family Justice Review

Ken Clarke, Secretary of State for Justice, has commented on the Family Justice Review. Carried out by David Norgrove, the Family Justice review unveils a host of proposed new legislation and measures designed to try to minimise the rise in bitter and acrimonious divorce cases. Central to the plans put forward by the Family Justice […]

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High court judge announces 'divorce foundation'

High court judge Sir Paul Coleridge has recently announced that he is launching a Marriage Foundation to try to halt the alarming rise in the number of divorce cases. The marriage Foundation will cost around £150,000 per year and will undertake research into reducing divorce rates, arranging seminars and lobbying the government to create more […]

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Harrogate event shows that divorce can be amicable

Lawyers staged an event in Harrogate last week designed to show that divorce doesn’t have to be confrontational. Organised by the Harrogate Law Group, the event was held at the White Hart Hotel to promote collaborative family law. Open to independent financial advisers, HR managers, counsellors and anyone interested in family welfare, Harrogate Family Law […]

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