How Cohabiting Couples can Protect Themselves

Kristie Rhodes Family Solicitor Gloucester

Cohabiting Couples & The Common Law Marriage Myth Resolution, an organisation that campaigns for improvements to the family justice system, reported that the number of couples choosing to tie the knot has in fact been steadily decreasing since the 1970s. Cohabiting couples are now the fastest growing family type. There are 3.3m cohabiting couples in […]

Divorce in older age

Beth Evans, Partner and Family Children Divorce Solicitor at WSP Solicitors

The increase of marriage and divorce in older age According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), we are seeing a year on year increase in both marriage and divorce in older age couples. Although divorce rates across the whole population are falling, older people are bucking the trend with the ONS reporting that between […]

Resolution Code of Practice

Beth Evans, Partner and Family Children Divorce Solicitor at WSP Solicitors

Resolution is a community of family solicitors and other justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way, considering the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of children. Resolution Code of Practice As members of Resolution the WSP Family team have signed up to the […]

Good Divorce Week

Good Divorce Week - Resolution First for Family Law

Resolution – Minimising the impact of conflict on children This week is Resolution’s Good Divorce Week. As members of Resolution, we are supporting their campaign in the hope of finding #abetterway for our clients.   Resolution is an organisation of family justice professionals who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. They help separating parents […]

The Impact of Divorce on Children

Amie Calder Family Solicitor WSP Stroud

Resolution’s Good Divorce Week With Resolution’s Good Divorce Week running from the 26th – 30th November 2018, WSP Solicitors are supporting the campaign which focuses on how separating or divorcing parents can limit the impact of divorce on children. Our Family Solicitors are all members of Resolution. This means that we follow Resolution’s Code of […]

Section 47 and The Rise in Social Services Interventions

Fiona Thornton Children Solicitor Gloucester

The rise of Child Protection Plans and Section 47 Investigations In November 2018 the BBC reported on the rise of Child Protection Plans and Section 47 Investigations into Children at risk from harm. Stories such as these appear in the headlines intermittently, raising awareness for a period of time, before the next big social issue […]

How to get divorced – A survivor’s guide

Kristie Rhodes Family Solicitor Gloucester

How to get divorced Coming to terms with the breakdown of your marriage can be upsetting, emotional and stressful. Separating from your spouse is a very significant life event so when you are ready to commence divorce proceedings we can help to make it as straight forward as possible. Start by reading our survivor’s guide […]

‘To marry or not to marry’; relationship rights

Louise Kelly Family Solicitor Divorce Children Stroud

Do you know your relationship rights The breakdown of a relationship is difficult and emotionally traumatic. The last thing that a person needs is the worry about their relationship rights or that they will not be able to financially support themselves and their children. Recent statistics, according  to Resolution (an organisation of family solicitors and […]

Child domestic abuse: court guidance is updated, but will it make a difference?

Lydia Andrews, Family Children Divorce Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

Child Domestic Abuse For some time now, the family courts have recognised that domestic violence includes both physical and non-physical abuse. Non-physical abuse includes everything from name-calling to controlling what the other person does, what they wear and who they can be friends with to harassment and intimidation. Commonly, we break this down into emotional […]

Are written agreements in Child Protection Cases worth the paper they are written on?

Fiona Thornton Children Solicitor Gloucester

Child Protection It has been common practice for Social Workers and other professionals working with families where there are child protection concerns to ask them to sign up to a written agreement to set out what is expected of them to improve the situation. Recent serious case reviews after children have died or been seriously […]