Family law is about finding solutions to complex and personal issues, in a direct but supportive way. As both a problem-solver and family person myself, I am deeply passionate about helping my clients to build better lives for themselves, and I find it very rewarding. I like to provide a light during dark times for them, and I am always available to offer guidance to support them.
Outside work, I spend a lot of time outdoors and walking, as well as playing netball.
There is no such thing as a stupid question, ask as many questions as you need.
Focus on the bigger picture and put the children first.
Stay off social media.
Who has parental responsibility for a child?
A child’s birth mother will automatically have parental responsibility. A father will
usually have parental responsibility if he is married to the child’s mother or listed on
the child’s birth certificate.
The former matrimonial home is in my spouse’s sole name. Does that mean I have no interest in the property?
The former matrimonial home is an asset of the marriage and will therefore be placed in the ‘matrimonial pot’ and considered the same way as all other assets, irrespective of whose name those assets are in. Although you may not have a legal interest, you will have a beneficial interest.
Do the grounds for divorce affect the financial settlement?
Personal or financial misconduct will only be taken into account in very limited
circumstances and it is extremely rare. The grounds for divorce are generally
considered irrelevant during financial proceedings and therefore, it is important not to lose sight of the bigger picture.
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