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By Peter Jones, founder

Our firm – which has been at the forefront of a long-standing campaign to lobby MPs for no fault divorce – is delighted that the Government is at long last taking steps to make it happen.

News that Justice Secretary, David Gauke, is expected to launch a public debate on modernisation proposals reflects the relentless lobbying from forward thinking organisations including Resolution – a national family law group which promotes non-confrontational solutions in family law. (more…)

 

By Peter Jones, founder

Being unhappy in a marriage does not justify being granted a divorce.

The Supreme Court ruling that Tini Owens must stay in a “loveless” marriage to her husband is the culmination of an expensive and protracted legal battle with wider repercussions.

The validity of the original evidence that 68-year-old Mrs Owens gave to illustrate the “unreasonable behavior” of 78-year-old Hugh Owens lies at the heart of this landmark case. (more…)

The myriad of media comments, articles and speculation on whether ‘no fault’ divorces will come to fruition fail to mention how one vital element – how such a long-awaited change would impact on children.

Under current laws, unless couples have been living apart for a period of time one of them must apportion some form of blame – adultery or unreasonable behaviour – which can in itself create conflict and makes reaching a mutually acceptable agreement much more difficult. (more…)

It’s celebration time as we mark 25 years as a niche family law practice which continues to go from strength to strength.

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Jones Myers team

 

Our highly experienced team at Jones Myers has opened a new office at Windsor House, Cornwall Road in Harrogate as we mark our 25-year anniversary.

The milestone for our specialist family law firm, which operates out of Leeds and London, is to accommodate an increase in instructions from our clients in North Yorkshire.

The move has been widely featured across print and broadcast media including The Yorkshire Post, The BusinessDesk, BusinessLink, Bdaily, the Harrogate Advertiser and Stray FM.

2017 has been a formative year for our practice, which was founded in Leeds by Peter Jones – one of the country’s leading family lawyers and a former national chairman of Resolution.

We are consistently ranked in a joint Top Tier position by the Legal 500 and Chambers guides for Leeds, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

Chambers 2018 describes us as, “A very strong firm – not just in finance but also in children cases.” It adds, “Expertise in dealing with financial remedy nuptial cases adds depth to their practice.”

The latest edition of the highly respected Legal 500 guide describes Jones Myers as “a family practice that is one of the best in the area” and attracts praise for our “sensible, expert, conciliatory advice that does what it says on the tin.”

Our clients are based regionally, nationally and internationally, and we have earned an enviable reputation working exclusively in divorce, separation, complex financial disputes, children issues and contested wills and estates.

Our team of experts, which include a Deputy District Judge, an experienced mediator, a family law arbitrator and our own in-house barrister, jointly combine 250 years of legal experience.

Our move to Harrogate follows the recent expansion of our highly respected children’s department who are regarded as leading experts in issues of residence, contact, relocation, child protection and international child abduction.

Peter Jones said: “The services we provide at our Harrogate office complement those at our Leeds and London locations. We are proud to be recognised as lawyers who look for solutions to problems and are acknowledged for supporting families and children. We advise and guide where possible on options which can avoid conflict and unnecessary costs.

“A big ‘thank you’ to our valued and talented team in what is a momentous year for the firm.”

For more information about any aspect of divorce or family law, call Jones Myers at our Leeds office on 0113 246 0055, our Harrogate office on 01423 276104, visit www.jonesmyers.co.uk, email info@jonesmyers.co.uk or tweet us @helpwithdivorce

By Peter Jones, founder

A senior judge’s call for parents with valuable homes to be forced to pay more child support highlights a loophole in the system which is criticised as being unfair and does not put children’s interests first.

Since 2012, child maintenance payments have been based on income only, with assets not included in calculations by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), which decides the rate. This means that people can live off their capital, declare a low income and pay minimal child support.

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Breakup

The call by the UK’s top family law judge for new legislation to allow ‘no-fault’ divorces reinforces the pressing need for their introduction.

Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division and Britain’s fourth most senior judge, has said that current divorce laws, which date from 1969, “are based on hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty”. He has called for a system where registrars are simply notified of divorces – like births, marriages and deaths – with the only legal involvement being to resolve disagreements over money.

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Parents Alienated for blog

The agency that looks after children’s interests in family courts, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), has said that divorced parents who “brainwash” them against former partners are guilty of abuse.

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Fuel to Fire

The highly publicised case of Tini Owens – who has asked the Court of Appeal to overturn a family court ruling which said she couldn’t divorce her husband – reinforces the need for the government to introduce no fault divorce.

Despite making 27 allegations about the way her husband Hugh Owens, 78, treated her, 66 year old Mrs Owens, who was ‘desperately unhappy’ in her relationship, was told her claims were “of the kind to be expected in marriage” and was refused a divorce petition.

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England, UK . 30.11.2016. London . Resolution Lobby Day. Licensed for use by Resolution, all other rights reserved.

Our founder, Peter Jones, has called on Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn and Leeds East MP Richard Burgon – the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor – to introduce far-reaching changes to family law.

The call to action was the focus of a Lobby Day campaign, organised by Resolution – a national family law group which promotes non-confrontational solutions in family law of which Peter is a former chair. It took place at the House of Commons and was part of Good Divorce Week. (more…)