Entries by Wendy Gouldingay

A breath of fresh air for the Family Division

In the midst of one of the warmest summers on record, a breath of fresh air swept through the Family Division, bringing 40 years of experience in family law, plus some system-changing views. Sir Andrew McFarlane was appointed President of the Family Division following the retirement of Sir James Munby in July 2018, and like […]

Sir James Munby: A formidable force for good

This article has been published by Lawyer Monthly. Click here to read it in full.   In a time of unprecedented uncertainty and huge shifts in society, passionate, resolute leaders driving positive change for the good of families across the country are more important than ever. The retirement of the outspoken Sir James Munby as […]

UK marriage statistics show need for family law reform

The latest statistics for marriage in England and Wales reveal that marriage rates for opposite sex couples have fallen to the lowest on record, underlining the need for family law reform, particularly regarding cohabitation rights. The report, published in February 2018 looks at data from 2015 when there were 239,090 marriages between opposite sex couples […]

Divorce law reform in England: It’s time to end the blame game

This month, the justice secretary, David Gauke has agreed to examine the case for reforming divorce law. This comes after ever growing pressure from campaigners, newspapers and senior judges to change the “unjust” and “outdated” laws that dictate when a couple can and can’t get divorced. There are lots of changes that could be made […]

Family Mediation Week: The many benefits of avoiding a court battle

As a committed member of Resolution and the Family Mediators Association, I strongly encourage my clients to pursue mediation as a means of resolving legal disputes, especially when there are children involved. Latest figures suggest that 30% of cases involving the government’s Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have already been in […]

Discussing Divorces on BBC Radio Nottingham

It’s true, January really is a busy time for divorces. This week, dozens of people have been coming to us for help in getting a divorce. It’s a sad situation, but it’s a situation in which people really appreciate the expertise that we can offer as Newark’s only FMC accredited mediator and as a solicitor […]