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Grandparents – know your rights!

Grandparents – are you confused about your rights where access to your grandchildren is concerned? When families break up the grandparents can often be on the receiving end of the feuds between parents and can be left without access to their grandchildren. Whilst grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with a grandchild […]

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Divorce: tough on children

We all know that divorce or separation can be especially tough on children. When a relationship and communication has broken down it can be difficult to reach an amicable agreement when it comes to the children. You may find yourself unable to agree on matters such as where your child will live and who gets […]

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Moving on after divorce

If you have just been through a divorce you may be left feeling a whole spectrum of emotions from relieved and hopeful to overwhelmed, angry, sad and confused. Maybe you are feeling stressed about the future and apprehensive about moving on. Your self-confidence perhaps needs a boost. The period after a divorce can be challenging […]

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Adultery and Divorce

Caught your spouse cheating and want a divorce but don’t know where to start? Adultery is a difficult one because it’s very hard to prove unless the person admits it. If they don’t admit it and you don’t have any proof then you would still be able to apply for a divorce but on the […]

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Parental Alienation

Are you experiencing parental alienation? If you used to have regular contact with your child such as letters, phone calls, Skype and face to face contact or contact is becoming increasingly difficult and your child is showing signs of hostility towards you then you may be experiencing Parental Alienation. Parental alienation is when one parent […]

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Understanding Mediation

What is a MIAM? It stands for Mediation Information Assessment Meeting. Why do you need to go? You may find yourself in a position of wanting to make an application to court for example in relation to children or finance matters. It is a legal requirement and necessary step to attend a MIAM before an […]

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STAYING TOGETHER IS NOT ‘FOR THE KIDS’

Despite the almost institutionalised idea that it is better to stay together ‘for the sake of the children’, a poll carried out by ComRes on behalf of Resolution found that 82% of children aged 14-22 (who have endured separation or divorce) would actually prefer their parents to split if they are unhappy. The overall feedback […]

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Divorce – DIY online can be expensive, messy and illegal….

So what attracts you into doing it for yourself on line?  Is it the impersonal nature of not having to discuss your divorce details with another human? Barber & Co. provide good, experienced advice because we listen and because we care…  Is it the speed offered by ‘quickie’ divorces online? Reality check: uncontested […]

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Divorce hurts children

If divorce or separation cannot be avoided, children are often the innocent victims of the process. Blaming themselves, losing contact, feeling isolated, fearful for the future, they are emotionally vulnerable. We advise upon and tailor make parenting plans to suit the needs of the children (CAFCASS). We take into account all aspects of family life […]

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Advice: It’s good – BECAUSE we listen…..

We provide you with the support and legal information necessary to help you to prioritise and work through your issues. You can move forward in the knowledge that we are working towards the best outcome for you. You develop trust in us through our honest and truthful appraisal – but mostly because you realise: we […]

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WIFE “TRAPPED IN LOVELESS MARRIAGE” GIVEN RIGHT TO APPEAL TO SUPREME COURT

In January 2016 a judge refused to allow the wife of a multimillionaire farmer to divorce her husband. The judge said that he could not accept that her husband’s “constant” beratement of her due to an affair was unreasonable behaviour and instead stated that it was to be “expected in marriage”. The wife asked the […]

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Jacquie, Jackie and Jackie Solicitors!

Barber & Co, Family Law Solicitors based in Ramsbottom are delighted to announce two new employees – both Jackies! Jackie Pemberton from Ramsbottom has joined as Paralegal and Jackie Riley, also a Ramsbottom local, as Reception Administration. Speaking of the appointments, Jacquie (yes, you guessed it) Birkett, Solicitor at Barber & Co, said, “I might […]

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How will I pay the legal fees for a divorce?

How will I pay the legal fees for a divorce? There are many things to think about when going through a divorce, and one of the most stressful aspects of the process is wondering how do you pay for it. The vast majority of divorce cases no longer qualify for legal aid. This may mean […]

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10 reasons to write your Will today

Writing a Will is rarely on most people’s daily list of priorities. According to research conducted by unbiased.co.uk, the UK’s No.1 adviser search, over half of UK adults have not written a Will, and this figure rises further to 76% for those in their thirties. In Manchester, 67% of all adults have not made a […]

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I’m getting a divorce, how can I maintain contact with my children?

When it comes to separation and divorce in England, sorting out contact with your children is one of the most important and emotional parts of the process. Sometimes it can be hard to agree what is best; to help you through this challenging time, we have put together a quick guide on how ‘contact’ with […]

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What is the divorce process in the UK?

The divorce process in the UK can be straightforward if both parties agree on the reasons for divorce. However, the length and complexity of the process will depend on you and your partner’s individual circumstances. In England and Wales, you can get a divorce after being married for a year, but divorce proceedings in Scotland […]

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Most ridiculous reasons for divorce

Relationships are complicated and each one is unique, which is why when they go awry, some of the reasons for divorce can seem a little crazy, at least to outsiders. We have found some of the world’s most ridiculous reasons for divorce. He wasn’t that into Frozen A woman in Japan wanted to allegedly divorce […]

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How should I prepare myself emotionally and mentally for divorce?

No matter how amicable the breakup, the ending of a relationship is never easy. For some people, it can feel like a bereavement and sometimes such feelings can be mixed with relief, anger, pain and fear. Divorce and separation can come with added stress and emotion if there are children involved. In this blog post, […]

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