I have been a family solicitor for many years and I am often asked by client’s why they ended up in an abusive relationship, why didn’t they see it at the time. They only see the faults when they have left and look backwards at the relationship. I have come to realise

Grandparents Rights!

Can grandparents make an application to court to see their grandchildren? There seems to have been a large increase in the amount of grandparent cases in recent years, I am dealing with 3 separate matters at the moment. What does the law say? A grandparent doesn’t

How to Get a Non-molestation Order

So a few weeks ago I blogged about red flags. Now you’ve had enough and you’ve taken the brave decision to leave. Has their behaviour escalated? Turned their attention to your children? Perhaps the police advised you to get an injunction or perhaps you have sim

The Best Way to Give Evidence

I’m often asked by clients about the best way to give evidence. My top tips are: Give your answer to the Judge. Take your time, speak slowly and clearly. Ask for the question to be repeated if you do not understand it or you didn’t hear it properly. If y

Breaking up Is Hard to Do

Most people have been through the heartbreak of a relationship breaking down at some point in their lives and can remember the pain and how all-consuming it becomes. Hopefully, this guide can help you take the first few steps in healing and moving on. Practical Steps B

Definitive advice from the head of the family division.

Domestic violence statistics

1 in 4 woman and 1 in 6 men suffer from domestic violence in their lifetime. 3 women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. 30% of all domestic abuse starts or intensifies during pregnancy. 83% of victims do not report the abuse t

I have an awful past but I still want to be a parent to my children – do I have any chance?

There is a presumption in law that both parents have a right to a relationship with their child. However sometimes that person poses such a risk to the child that they should not be allowed to have contact. I’ve been involved with quite a few cases over the years whethe

Domestic Violence

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE We all understand physical violence as being “domestic violence” but the UK government definition is as follows: “Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or ov

RJS Family law signs the Armed Forces Covenant

  On Wednesday 10th October 2018 Rachel McGrath of RJS Family Law signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be trea