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    Planning your prenuptial agreement – by Fiona Yellowlees of WBW Solicitors

    Spring is in the air in Devon and Cornwall, and the wedding season is upon us in earnest. However, before tying the proverbial knot, an increasing number of couples are taking the pragmatic step of making a prenuptial agreement to plan what would happen if the marriage does not work out.  These are often used…

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    What can you do if you are being denied contact with your children? – by Fiona Yellowlees of WBW Solicitors

    In an ideal world, separating parents would sit down and amicably agree future arrangements for their children. Break-ups, however, are often emotionally fraught situations and agreement cannot always be reached without outside help. Fiona Yellowlees, Partner in the Family Department at WBW Solicitors, explains what steps you can take if you are having trouble making…

  3. Using coercive control as a reason for divorce – by Joanne Aggett of WBW Solicitors

    Coercive control hit the headlines recently when Sally Challen won a landmark appeal which saw her murder conviction quashed and a retrial ordered after the court accepted evidence that she killed her husband with a hammer after enduring decades of her spouse’s ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’. Joanne Aggett, Family Associate at WBW Solicitors, explains what…

  4. How to get divorced: a guide to the legal process – By Fiona Yellowlees at WBW Solicitors

    Separating from a partner is always hard and the dissolution of a marriage perhaps even more so as couples have to work their way through the legal process involved in securing a divorce, as well as decide what arrangements to make for any children of the marriage and how to divide their assets. Fiona Yellowlees,…

  5. How to get divorced: a guide to the legal process

    Separating from a partner is always hard and the dissolution of a marriage perhaps even more so as couples have to work their way through the legal process involved in securing a divorce, as well as decide what arrangements to make for any children of the marriage and how to divide their assets. Fiona Yellowlees…

  6. Who has parental responsibility?

    The legal rights, powers, duties and authority a person has for a child and their property is known as parental responsibility. If you have parental responsibility for a child, it may give you the opportunity of being involved in making decisions about their care and upbringing. Fiona Yellowlees, family law solicitor at WBW Solicitors, explains who has parental responsibility…

  7. Three ways to negotiate a financial settlement on divorce

    Three ways to negotiate a financial settlement on divorce The divorce rate for heterosexual couples in England and Wales may have hit a 45-year low in 2017 according to Office for National Statistics data, but break-ups still happen and when they do, financial arrangements between the separating couple need to be agreed. Issues requiring consideration include how assets…

  8. Time for ‘no fault’ divorce?

    Calls for proposed reforms to the divorce laws in England and Wales have not fallen on deaf ears as the government has recently announced a consultation on introducing a ‘no-fault divorce’, which could see spouses losing the right to contest a divorce. Fiona Yellowlees, family law solicitor & partner at WBW Solicitors, examines the proposals…

  9. What rights do you have to see your grandchildren?

    Grandparents often enjoy a special bond with their grandchildren and it is one that parents usually treasure. However sometimes, whether through a family fall out or because parents divorce or separate, grandparents are prevented from seeing their grandchildren, or have their access severely restricted. Although the Ministry of Justice is currently considering requests from MPs…

  10. Sorting out holiday childcare arrangements

    While the long summer holidays are eagerly awaited by many, for divorced and separated parents the childcare challenges they throw up can pose something of a logistical nightmare. Fiona Yellowlees, Head of Family Law at WBW Solicitors, provides her top tips for sorting out childcare arrangements with your former partner and staying on cordial terms:…