Family | 14th September 2021

Do grandparents have a right to contact with their grandchildren?

When a couple makes the decision to divorce, the breakdown of the relationship can have far-reaching consequences. Unfortunately, grandparents of any children of the relationship...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family
Family | 22nd June 2021

Marriage breakdowns could head for their own lockdown

The easing of lockdown may have been the catalyst for the announcement by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife that they were heading for divorce...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family

Sunak empties his purse for a pandemic-beating budget

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK’s economic agenda dominated the Chancellor’s 2021 Budget Statement, with support for business and jobs receiving top-line...

James Lamont

Partner, Head of Commercial & Corporate
Family | 19th November 2019

Grandparents are for Christmas too

For many families in these hectic times, especially where both parents work, being able to call upon other family members to assist with the day...

Sharon Powell

Partner, Head of Family
Family | 1st November 2019

“A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, but...

We are a nation of pet lovers, but what happens to them if their human owners separate? Relationship breakdown is usually a stressful time for...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family
Family | 7th June 2019

Empty Nest, Empty Marriage

As an individual whose next ‘big birthday’ is 60, I have become more aware of how ordinary life events can suddenly feel extra-ordinarily scary and...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family
Family | 27th November 2018

Is there such a thing as a ‘good divorce’?

Many Resolution[1] family lawyers think so and this week is Resolution’s annual awareness-raising week Minimising the impact of conflict on children: Conflict can have some...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family
Family | 6th September 2018

Is there an advantage to being the Petitioner to a...

As many famous singers have lamented, “breaking up is hard to do”. On top of the emotional stress and prospect of legal proceedings, while the...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family
Family | 21st June 2018

What is a step-parent’s position after a divorce?

If you’re a step-parent going through divorce and you have step-children, what measures can be taken to maintain a good relationship with your step-child and...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family
Family | 25th May 2018

Divorce goes virtual, but financial issues still warrant taking expert...

A new online service should cut the stress of applying for a divorce according to the Ministry of Justice, but family law professionals say that...

Vanessa McMurtrie

Partner, Family