Chris Lloyd-SmithSenior Associate
Member of the life stage planning team and an Accredited Family Mediator.
I am a Senior Associate in the life stage planning team at Anthony Collins Solicitors. I predominantly deal with divorce and financial matters, as well as associated children issues. I am a resolution accredited specialist, for both financial matters and those involving children, as well as being an accredited family mediator and authorised to conduct Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs).
I have particular experience of dealing with complex financial matters arising from divorce, especially those where there are business assets pension or trust assets. With regard to child matters, I have acted in a number of parental alienation cases as well as those where allegation of violence have been made against a parent or child.
As an accredited family mediator I have mediated numerous financial and child related matters. I receive most of my instructions from other solicitors as well as directly from the court.
Despite its eternal charm, Christmas is stressful. This pressure can only be sustained for so long and can accentuate fracture points in a person’s marriage.
As family solicitors we see many cases such as these and some which boil over into legal disputes and court proceedings.
Finding the right gift, money worries, family problems, and alcohol-fuelled celebrations all add to a cocktail of issues that can cause difficulties within relationships.
Since the introduction of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the police have routinely dealt with low-level ‘harassment’ by issuing a Police Information (Harassment) Notice (PIN).
The post-Brexit fall-out has been noticeable by the number of 'unknowns' and 'what-ifs?'. We're not any clearer on what the UK will look like, nor how our European neighbours will see us after we leave the EU.
Evidence suggests that more than one in four parents make an effort to hide relationship problems at Christmas and stay together for the sake of their children.
Traditionally, a parent wishing to relocate to another part of the country could usually do so, unless “exceptional circumstances” existed. Where a parent wanted to relocate abroad, the consideration was very different.
What is a pre-nuptial agreement? A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract that a couple enters into before marriage which sets out their rights to property, assets, debts and income acquired before their relationship commenced, during the relationship, or after separation or divorce, in the event their relationship ends.
Traditionally, a parent wishing to relocate to another part of the country could usually do so, unless "exceptional circumstances" existed . Where a parent wished to relocate abroad, the consideration was very different .
This has resulted in numerous modifications to legal assistance for separating couples with further changes under consideration.
Accredited Members of Family Mediation Council
Member of, and accredited, with Resolution
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