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Please find below the latest blog posts from our Family team.

Ask The Legal Expert - Grandparents Rights During Divorce

Angela Killa
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My son and daughter-in-law are going through a very heated divorce. We have tried hard to stay neutral but, despite this, our daughter-in-law is refusing to let us see our 8-year-old grand-daughter, who we are very close to and who, frankly, we feel needs...

Ask The Legal Expert - Calls to Simplify Surrogacy Process For Families

Jill Bulteel
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My wife and I have struggled to conceive and my sister-in-law is becoming a surrogate mum for us. How do we make sure we become the baby’s legal parents? Surrogacy can bring great joy to those involved. However, it can be emotionally taxing and...

Ask The Legal Expert -I Cannot Agree On My Son's School Move With My Ex

Jill Bulteel
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My ex-wife has been offered a job in another part of the country and she plans to relocate, within months, with our 12-year-old son. I’m very unhappy about him switching schools, since he’s had behavioural issues, but is now settling. She feels...

Awards Hat Trick For Two Teams at Welsh Law Firm

JCP Solicitors
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Two legal teams at Welsh law firm JCP Solicitors are celebrating after scooping a trio of award wins in quick succession. JCP Solicitors’ Residential Property team won Conveyancing Team of the Year at the Wales Legal Awards, while the law firm’s...

Two JCP Teams Make Welsh Legal Awards Shortlists

Emma Gilroy
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Two teams from JCP Solicitors have been shortlisted for two prestigious law awards. The Residential Property Team and the Family Team have both been shortlisted in the Wales Legal Awards 2019, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony in Cardiff...

Ask The Legal Expert - No-Fault Divorce Ruling Set To Take Some of The Heat Out Of Divorce

Jill Bulteel
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My husband and I have been married for 28 years - living separately for a year. I want a divorce, but my husband is opposed. I’ve noticed the media reports of a woman unable to divorce her husband and I fear being left in the same limbo state....

Ask The Legal Expert - Disagreements over medical care for your Child?

Jill Bulteel
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My six-year-old daughter has hearing problems. My ex-husband and I, who both have Parental Responsibility, cannot agree on whether she should have a procedure, under general anesthetic , to have grommets fitted. This disagreement is causing us all...

Ask The Legal Expert - Breaching a Child Arrangement Order

Jill Bulteel
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Child Arrangements Orders can be a vital tool in helping separated families settle their domestic differences, and in helping children to enjoy stability. My ex-wife and I have a Child Arrangement Order that sees our 14-year-old daughter spending alternate...

Ask The Legal Expert: Christmas for Separated Families

Angela Killa
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Angela Killa, Associate Solicitor within the Family Law team, tackles the issue around planning Christmas arrangements for separated families. My ex partner and I split this year and I don't want our young daughter to get caught up...

Will Headline Grabbing Case Bring No Fault Divorce Closer?

JCP Solicitors
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Nobody enters into marriage lightly, but the ongoing case of Owens Vs Owens is likely to give even the most starry-eyed couples pause for thought. This case sees a woman who wants to divorce her husband of 40 years unable to do so, despite the fact that...

Ask The Legal Expert: Private School Fees and Divorce

JCP Solicitors
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My seven year old daughter is currently in private school and my ex-husband and I had intended that she would attend the same fee-paying school until university. Fair provision was made for me in the divorce proceedings, but no specific allocation was made...

Ask the Legal Expert: Value of Pre-nuptial Agreements

JCP Solicitors
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I am happy to be getting married next year -  I have left it late in life, having dedicated myself to building a business portfolio.  I would always want to do the right thing by my husband, but if we were to split I would worry about the...

Ask The Legal Expert: How do I end a Civil Partnership?

Angela Killa
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Angela Killa, Associate Solicitor from the Family Law team here at JCP, shines a light on the process of dissolving a Civil Partnership. My partner and I have been in a Civil Partnership for two years and we have decided to split after some...

A Listening Ear and Specialist Expertise Makes Jill a Leader in Her Field

Jill Bulteel
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Meet Jill Bulteel, a Director and Head of Family in South East Wales for JCP Solicitors. A Senior Practitioner, Jill specialises in divorce, financial and care proceedings, and the Children’s Act. Jill is a member of the Law Society Children Panel, an...

The Legal Complexities of Surrogacy

JCP Solicitors
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Olympian Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black made a romantic announcement on Valentine’s Day this year – revealing the news that they are expecting a child, presumably via a surrogate. Surrogacy is an increasingly common option, both...

Ask The Legal Expert: Your Child Living Abroad - Resolving Disputes Between Parents

Angela Killa
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Angela Killa, Associate Solicitor within the Family Law team here at JCP Solicitors, tackles an issue around parental disputes over taking a child abroad to live. My ex-wife is considering taking a job in Germany, which would see her take our...

Ask the legal expert: Collaborative law - Pursuing a clean break

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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Sali Jackson-Thomas, a Director, Family law Expert and Head of Private Client at JCP Solicitors advises a couple on pursuing an amicable separation. My husband and I have decided to separate and while we have some issues we are keen to keep things as...

Ask The Legal Expert: Family Disputes Over Medical Treatment

Angela Killa
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Angela Killa, from the Family Law team, tackles an issue around parental disputes over medical treatment for a child. My six-year-old daughter has hearing problems.  My ex-husband and I cannot agree on whether she should have a procedure, under...

Amid the Excitement, Will Harry and Meghan Remember a Pre-Nup?

JCP Solicitors
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The engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has got the nation abuzz with excitement – and no doubt broken a few hopeful hearts too. The charming couple have much planning ahead of them for the wedding, with the big day likely to spread oodles of...

Ask The Legal Expert: Preventing Parental Disputes at Christmas

Angela Killa
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Angela Killa, a Solicitor in the Family Law team shares her advice regarding Christmas arrangements for separated families. "My ex partner and I split this year and I don't want our young daughter to get caught up in any disputes about who...

Two New Solicitors Boost JCP's Pontypridd Office

Jill Bulteel
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JCP Solicitors has boosted its expertise further by appointing a Conveyancing and Family Solicitor to its busy Pontypridd office. Carla Coulstock has joined JCP as an Associate Solicitor within Conveyancing, the second qualified appointment to its...

How much does a divorce cost?

Angela Killa
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Divorce costs depend upon the particular case. In every case, there are Court fees, which are currently £550 for the filing of your petition. This includes the fee for applying for the decree absolute. Even if your divorce is relatively straightforward...

Ask The Legal Expert - Parental Consent

Angela Killa
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My 9-year-old daughter lives with my ex, who has remarried. My ex-wife and I had a recent row and she’s refusing to let me take our daughter abroad next month, as previously arranged. What can I do? Disputes such as these are stressful for all...

Ask The Legal Expert: Divorce and Contact

Angela Killa
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Angela Killa, from our Family Law team, tackles a common divorce issue where a couple are divorcing with recrimination on both sides. My 13-year-old daughter is becoming distant from me and my wife has said, in front of our child, that spending time with...

Ask The Legal Expert- Taking Children Out Of School

Angela Killa
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This month, Angela Killa, from the Family Law team at JCP Solicitors, tackles an issue around leaves of absence from school. We’re planning a family reunion in the US for a relative’s 70th birthday, so we need to travel on a particular date....

Ask The Legal Expert: Pre Nups and the Farm Business.

JCP Solicitors
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My parents and I are in a farming partnership and I’m planning to get married at the end of next year. Without wanting to sound unromantic, how can I protect the business and keep it outside the matrimonial assets in the unlikely event that my...

Ask The Legal Expert- Marriage V Civil Partnership

Angela Killa
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This month Angela Killa, from the Family Law team at JCP Solicitors, shares her advice regarding the legal distinctions between marriage and civil partnerships. My partner has just proposed to me and we are very excited about our future together. We are in...

Ask The Legal Expert- Abusive Partners & Child Contact

Angela Killa
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This month Angela Killa, based in our Carmarthen office, shares her advice regarding access to a child after allegations of an abusive partnership. "My ex-boyfriend has applied to the Court to see our daughter. He was abusive towards me, I’m...

Swansea family lawyer travels to Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

JCP Solicitors
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Matthew Wells, a family lawyer from JCP Solicitors in Swansea, travelled to Parliament today to meet with local MP Carolyn Harris. Mr Wells was taking part in a major lobby of Parliament organised by family law organisation Resolution, who represent 6,500...

Happy Christmas for the Modern, Complex Family

Angela Killa
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Christmas is, of course, a time of celebration, reflection upon the year gone by and the year ahead, and a time for family. For many of us it can also be fraught with extra stresses and pitfalls – not least for the *more than 500,000 step-families in...

New Family Law Specialist Joins JCP Solicitors Carmarthen Team

Angela Killa
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JCP Solicitors has boosted its well-respected Family Law team in Carmarthen, with a new recruit to the firm. Angela Killa will be part of the busy Family Law team at JCP’s Carmarthen office, joining Head of the Team Sali Jackson-Thomas, Matthew Wells...

Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Not just for Hollywood Stars

JCP Solicitors
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I’m planning to get married at the end of next year. Without wanting to sound unromantic, I am a professional in my late thirties, I have my own house and savings which I have worked hard for. In the unlikely event that my marriage was to fail, it is...

Divorce without lawyers: Be Aware.

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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A recent report from Citizens Advice (March 2016) shows that since funding for legal aid was reduced in 2013 many more people are now going to the family courts without a lawyer (as a litigant in person). The report shows that nine in ten litigants in person...

Ex partners still entitled to a Share of the wealth even if cohabiting

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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Karen Hart and John Hart started living together in 1983. They married in 1987 and had two children. Divorce proceedings were commenced in 2011. In 2015 Judge Wildblood ordered that she should receive £3.5 million. Mr Hart appealed this award. On 26...

The Decree Absolute does not mean it is all over financially

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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In divorce proceedings, particularly when the parties do not instruct Solicitors, there is a misconception that the Decree Absolute brings an end to financial claims. That is not the case at all. Spouses and former spouses have rights to make financial...

Ask The Legal Expert: Grandparents Rights

JCP Solicitors
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"My granddaughter has been living with me for the last year. Her parents have agreed to this arrangement since they have a chaotic lifestyle and drug addictions. I’m keen to make the arrangement more secure. What are my options?" It is...

JCP Family Mediation Celebrates 20 Years.

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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Sali Jackson-Thomas has since 1996 been offering Family Mediation in Swansea.  She has over this time helped many separating and divorcing couples from across South and South West Wales reach their own agreements about finances and child arrangements....

Pensions on Divorce and the New Legislation : The importance of Expert Advice

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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The percentage of marriages ending in divorce is approximately 42%. More people than ever are divorcing later in life. Frequently a party's pension can be the biggest asset in a marriage with available cash and property values decreasing. The usual way...

Ask the Legal Expert: Child Maintenance Responsibilities

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"I am a single mother with a two-year-old son from a brief relationship. My son’s father and I were never married and didn’t live together so he refuses to provide any financial support.  He is very wealthy whereas I am struggling...

Ask The Legal Expert: Financial Claims Following Divorce

JCP Solicitors
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My wife was the petitioner in our divorce in 2008 and at that time she assured me she would not make any financial claim against me as long as I provided for our children.  I did so and have now funded my children through university. But my ex-wife is...

Another Valuable Expertise Boost for JCP Solicitors

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A key member of JCP Solicitors’ Family Law team has now added to his expertise by qualifying as a Resolution Specialist. Matthew Wells, has been a Solicitor in the Family Law team with JCP since December 2013, and a member of Resolution since 2010. To...

Family Team at JCP Urges DIY Divorcers to Check Forms.

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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If people going through divorce cannot reach agreement in relation to financial settlement then an application is made to the family court. There is a specific form for making the application known as “Form A”. Once that form is sent to the...

Ask The Legal Expert- Parental Responsibility for Step Children.

JCP Solicitors
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I have recently re-married and my husband would like to take on Parental Responsibility for my son - his step-son. This would make life easier when I’m working shifts and he needs to collect my boy from school. How should we proceed? This is a...

Ask the legal expert: Farming Partnerships & Pre-Nups

JCP Solicitors
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My parents and I are in a farming partnership and I’m planning to get married at the end of next year. Without wanting to sound unromantic, how can I protect the business and keep it outside the matrimonial assets in the unlikely event that my...

Why We All Should Make A Lasting Power Of Attorney

JCP Solicitors
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Whilst we do not like to think about it, the number of those suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s is on the increase.  Also due to a more advanced health service we are more likely to survive an illness, such as a stroke and heart attack. ...

Shared Parental Leave Regulations - Is Your Business Ready?

JCP Solicitors
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Last week the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 came into force. This will enable employees who have babies due on or after 5 April 2015 to share up to one year’s leave with their partner. The Regulations will allow Mothers, or the primary carers...

Don't Forget The Pension

JCP Solicitors
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I am still amazed by the number of divorce clients who are so fixated on the matrimonial home (which in these difficult economic times is not always as valuable as first perceived) that they almost completely disregard their spouse’s pension which in...

Be My Valentine (But Please Sign On The Dotted Line)

JCP Solicitors
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In the spirit of Valentine’s day, what is more romantic than saying....“I want to marry you for you, not your money, your inheritance, your house and fast car”? By entering into a pre-nuptial agreement you can say just that, whilst at the...

A Better Way To Face The Bad Times

Sali Jackson-Thomas
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Dealing with a separation can be one of the most difficult situations that a person can face, but as Family Dispute Resolution Week (25-29th November) aims to show, the upset of family breakdown doesn’t have to become a case to battle out in courts. ...