Unlike the BBC's highly anticipated legal drama, The Split, the divorce and separation process doesn't have to be a legal war fit for TV. In real life, there are better ways to deal with high conflict cases than going to court, including signing up for a collaborative process.
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Don't just wish for a Merry Christmas – why separated families should agree contact arrangements for children in advance
As Christmas approaches, it is never too early to agree arrangements with an ex-partner in connection with contact with your children over the Christmas period - and avoid potential heartache and possible court actions.
Planning to take children on a long-awaited summer holiday can be an exciting time for the whole family, but for parents who have separated, making arrangements for holidays can often be a source of contention. For family lawyers it is not uncommon to receive a number of enquiries from unhappy parents who are unable to reach an agreement with their ex partner or spouse to spend an extended period of holiday contact with their children over the summer.
Most people would be forgiven for thinking that a family action involving a child would be resolved relatively quickly, however, in NJDB v JEG and another, this was certainly not the case. Proceedings began in 2005. In June 2008 a proof was allowed. An eight-day proof was assigned for September 2008. The proof ran to 52 days of evidence and took over one year to complete.