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Help with Divorce from David McHardy

David McHardy LLB is an experienced family lawyer and mediator for the Essex branch of specialist family law firm Jones Myers LLP. He is a Lieutenant Bailiff in the Royal Courts of Guernsey and a prominent member of Essex Family Solutions Group.

Mediation matters: separating couples are losing out as family mediation numbers plummet

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By Chris Sherwood Chris Sherwood, Director of Policy and Research, Relate Deciding to separate or divorce is never easy and new research on family mediation services published by Relate earlier this year shows that things are becoming even harder. Our...

Conscious Uncoupling –‘deluded tosh’ or a sensible attitude to divorce?

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Such is the world of celebrity that Ms Paltrow felt compelled to share the news of her marriage breakdown to the Coldplay frontman through an online essay of some 2,000 words. Given the pressures of that kind of lifestyle, it is perhaps a minor triumph...

How will new family laws determine children’s fate?

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

by Kate Banerjee Child Arrangement Orders, designed to meet the best interests of the child, rather than what a parent wants, are a cornerstone of The Children and Families Bill which becomes law on April 22. Kate Banerjee , head of our children’s...

Countdown to new family laws: an overview of the Children and Families Bill

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Major legislation that will overhaul the family court system and have far reaching implications for divorcing couples has been given Royal Assent and will become law on April 22 this year. The Children and Families Bill brings in a major changes designed...

Have you signed the right will? Why you should check your signature

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

By Martin Holdsworth Where there’s a will there may well be a relative who feels that they have been unfairly cut out of an inheritance. As a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with disputes over the validity of a will,...

Why proposed new pre-nup laws are only for the wealthy

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

By Fiona Kendall A long awaited Law Commission announcement which is recommending a special status pre-nuptial agreement is unlikely to have any relevance whatsoever for most people earning average incomes. I was invited onto Martin Kelner ’s BBC...

Will divorce the Scottish way herald the way forward for England and Wales?

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

By Fiona Kendall, partner and a specialist in pre-nuptial agreements and dual qualified in English and Scots law The findings of a four year Law Commission review of how English couples’ finances should be sorted out – will be unveiled shortly...

Could Emmerdale ‘divorce’ spark interest in pre and post nuptial agreements?

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Fans of Emmerdale stalwarts Eric Pollard and Val Lambert have watched the fictional couple face a difficult week. Not only has it been revealed that Val is HIV positive but Eric is demanding a divorce after seeing her with another man. Eric, the soap’s...

Revving up for pre-nups – but will they stall on the legal journey?

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Blog by Peter Jones Following our blog on DIY pre-marital arrangements, so called ‘pre-nups’ have again hit the headlines with some media reporting that they will be enshrined in law. However, is it really ‘green for go’ for pre...

Why £25 online pre-nups could cost couples dearly

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Blog by Peter Jones First we had DIY online divorces, now I read this week that couples are being offered online DIY pre-nuptial arrangements for just £25! As readers of this blog will know, at Jones Myers we actively encourage couples to consider...

Considering divorce? Why children must always be top priority

Posted over 6 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

By Kate Banerjee, head of the children’s department Can there ever be a good separation or divorce? According to the latest survey undertaken by YouGov on behalf of relationship experts Relate , the answer is a resounding no. Almost six in 10 separated...

Midnight Grandparents: providing a safe haven for children

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Guest blog by Dave Cousins, Manager, The Grandparents Association Leeds The Grandparent’s Association nationally has been working with – and for – grandparents to achieve positive outcomes for their grandchildren for decades. Set up...

Festive cheers or tears? Why it’s so important to make children top priority at Christmas

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Blog by Peter Jones Facing your first Christmas after divorce or separation is something that for many will be extremely hard, particularly if having to keep a brave face in front of the children. But spare a thought for Pirates of the Caribbean actor...

Making Yourself Understood in a Relationship

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Guest blog from Francine Kaye Francine Kaye is the UK’s leading relationship educator who is regularly called on by national TV and radio for her expertise and advice for couples. Divorced 19 years ago with two small children aged 5 and 8, Francine...

Divorce options: poll reveals public misconception about alternatives to court

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

A new poll reveals the alarming fact that many people still believe that divorce must involve court – and this despite government efforts and funding to promote alternative options. In the ‘Christmas Stress Factor’ poll commissioned...

Kids in the Middle: filling a gap for children hurt by separation and divorce

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Kids in the Middle is a new national charity being set up in collaboration between young people and family lawyers and mediators, with one purpose: to provide online support and help for children caught in the fallout of separation and divorce. By the...

Routes to divorce: confrontational litigation or measured mediation?

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

In the second of our ‘back to basics’ series we examine mediation versus litigation – two extreme options for separating couples. As family lawyers, we understand only too well that these terms may be unfamiliar and daunting for those...

Back to basics: taking the first steps to divorce

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Few couples take the decision to separate and divorce lightly – in fact some people can battle with inner angst for several years before admitting there is no alternative way forward. One of the most stressful events in our adult lives, the breakdown...

“Sensitive and understanding” - top ranking in Chambers legal guide

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

The Jones Myers team is celebrating once again as the respected Chambers UK legal guide ranks the firm in the top tier with high praise for individual partners. Previously described by the guide as “utterly brilliant ”, the 2014 edition comments...

Information campaign vital as millions in public funding for mediation lies unspent

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

The announcement that mediation centres aimed at helping couples to separate without the trauma of going to court are under threat - while the best part of £25 million in public funding to help such couples lies untouched - requires addressing as...

Calling Time on Dinosaur Divorce Laws: Why Coleridge is right

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Current divorce laws are “dinosaurs” and dead as Monty Python’s mythical parrot, according to Sir Paul Coleridge , who has stepped down as a full-time family law judge. As he announced his departure to spend more time on his charity...

Civil partnerships “divorce” increase prompts call for pre-cips

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

As figures show a 20% increase in dissolutions of civil partnerships, Fiona Kendall, partner at Jones Myers, is urging couples to consider taking up pre-civil partnership agreements (pre-cips). Fiona, who was asked to comment by The Times on the surge...

Cross cultural divorce takes centre stage at high-profile international legal conference

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Critical and common global issues including the relocation of children, the definition of domestic abuse - and the cultural complexities in drafting pre-nups were high on the agenda of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML). Jones Myers...

Double celebration following joint top rankings in family law and contentious trusts and probate

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

Our team at Jones Myers is celebrating a double success in the 2013 edition of Legal 500, a leading guide to the best law practices in the UK. In family law we have retained our joint top position for Leeds, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. And, in...

Lessons from Divorce Despair of Dragon’s Den star Bannatyne

Posted over 7 years ago by David McHardy with 0 comments

No amount of money can lessen the pain of divorce as demonstrated by revelations from Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne that his marriage break up pushed him to the brink of suicide. Despite his millions, the entrepreneur says that the end of his...