Latest Blogs

Read below for blogs and news from within the firm and for insight into the latest developments in family law.

Celebrating two shortlist achievements in the Resolution Awards 2024

01 July 2024

We are delighted with further national recognition of our team, with Edward Cooke a finalist for Children’s Champion Award and Victoria a finalist for the Rising Star Award.

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Edward Cooke Family Law named Employer of the Year 2024

17 June 2024

The team joined other regional businesses at the Chichester & Bognor Business Awards 2024 last week and were thrilled to win the Employer of the Year Award.

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Our Team Beach Clean Day!

31 May 2024

The team contribute to Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Clean at Felpham Beach in Bognor Regis

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Edward Cooke Family Law launches inaugural Southern Family Law Conference

23 May 2024

Creating an opportunity to explore hot topics and future trends in Family Law, this conference for family law professionals will take place this September.

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Edward Cooke Family Law is proud to sponsor the Festival of Chichester for the fourth year running

20 May 2024

Edward Cooke Family Law is proud to once again be sponsoring the Festival of Chichester - a month-long festival taking place from 15 June to 21 July.

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Will the new Family Procedure Rules bring about a sea change in family non-court dispute resolution?

15 May 2024

Associate Solicitor Jelena Korobkova explains the new Family Procedure Rules and explores their potential impact.

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Edward Cooke Family Law sponsor Brighton Fringe

14 May 2024

Brighton Fringe has so much to offer all ages and we are delighted to support this event.

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Edward Cooke Family Law announced as finalist in Employer of the Year Award 2024

18 April 2024

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Employer of the Year Award 2024 in the Chichester & Bognor Business Awards 2024.

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Victoria Maxwell promoted to Senior Associate Solicitor

11 April 2024

In recognition of her exceptional work at the firm, we are delighted to announce the recent promotion of Victoria Maxwell.

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Edward Cooke’s latest article published in The Law Society Gazette

10 April 2024

Read more about Edward’s thought-provoking opinion piece in The Law Society Gazette ‘Time for a revolution in how family solicitors are trained?’.

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Edward Cooke Family Law celebrates further growth with appointment of Associate Solicitor Jelena Korobkova

09 April 2024

Further bolstering our growing team of specialist family lawyers, we are delighted to welcome Jelena to the team.

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Edward Cooke Family Law represents clients in important international surrogacy case

25 March 2024

Associate Solicitor Victoria Maxwell recently represented the intended parents in an international surrogacy case which has been published in the law reports.

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Edward Cooked Family Law continue to sponsor Grayshott Cricket Club

19 March 2024

We are delighted to continue to sponsor this growing Hampshire cricket club, supporting grass roots cricket.

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What to expect from your surrogacy journey – practical tips and introducing the Parental Order Reporter

06 February 2024

A useful introduction to the Parental Order process including the Parental Order Reporter.

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Edward Cooke Family Law named Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year 2024 at the British Family Law Awards

29 January 2024

We are delighted to announce two successes at the British Family Law Awards – with the firm named Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year, and Edward being highly commended in the Family Mediator of the Year Award.

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Meet our mediators

26 January 2024

As Family Mediation Week draws to a close today, we introduce our four mediators and share useful resources.

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Next steps following a successful mediation

25 January 2024

As part of our continued support for Family Mediation Week, we set out the next steps following a successful mediation, including outcome documents and implementation.

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Options for managing impasse in mediation

24 January 2024

Lauren Guy explores the options that can be utilised within the mediation process to help you manage an impasse and reach a resolution.

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Hybrid Mediation – a great solution for couples seeking to resolve more complex family issues in mediation

23 January 2024

As part of Family Mediation Week 2024, accredited hybrid mediator Edward Cooke looks at how hybrid mediation works - and how it has widened the scope of cases suitable for family mediation.

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Supporting Family Mediation Week

22 January 2024

We are proud to support Family Mediation Week 22 – 26 January and raise awareness of the benefits it can bring to separating families. Each day we will share useful information on different aspects of family mediation, starting with our Family Mediation Flow Chart.

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Christmas wishes and reflections on 2023

18 December 2023

We look back at 2023 and reflect on a busy year at Edward Cooke Family Law and share our plans for giving back this Christmas.

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Finalists in three categories of British Family Law Awards 2024

30 November 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Edward Cooke and Edward Cooke Family Law have been shortlisted in three categories of the British Family Law Awards 2024.

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Edward Cooke wins Family Partner of the Year Award

30 November 2023

Edward Cooke Family Law Managing Director Edward Cooke is named Family Law Partner of the Year at the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2023.

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Edward Cooke speaks at the 10th Annual Johannesburg Family Law Conference

27 October 2023

Edward Cooke attended the 10th Annual Johannesburg Family Law Conference on 26 and 27 October 2023 where he spoke on the subject “40 years of development in the practice of Family Law in the UK and its international relevance”.

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Lauren Guy interviewed by ITV Meridian News on donor conception rights

20 October 2023

Lauren Guy, specialist in surrogacy, donor conception and fertility law and modern families, spoke with the ITV Meridian News this week about how a change in the law in 2005 is now impacting sperm, egg and embryo donors and the children conceived through donation from this year.

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Edward Cooke and firm ranked in Chambers and Partners 2024

19 October 2023

We are delighted that Edward Cooke and the firm have been ranked in Chambers and Partners 2024.

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Edward Cooke Family Law sponsors Chichester Healing Classrooms Conference

12 October 2023

Edward Cooke Family Law was delighted to sponsor a "Healing Classrooms Conference" recently in Chichester, led by the International Rescue Committee.

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Introduction of Jade’s Law to protect children

06 October 2023

We explain the recent developments in the law relating to Jade’s Law, which will restrict parental responsibility when a parent murders another, and how this essential change in the law will impact families in the future.

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Widespread recognition of our firm and lawyers in Legal 500 2024

04 October 2023

Edward Cooke Family Law and four of our lawyers all feature in the 2024 Legal 500 rankings.

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A fresh new look for our website to mark our fifth anniversary

26 September 2023

Our refreshed website features a host of new resources to help guide individuals and families to the best choices for them.

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Who decides who children should live with after separation or divorce?

25 September 2023

Hannah Rogers sets out typical approaches to determining who a child should live with in the event of separation or divorce.

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Do I have to do financial disclosure?

18 September 2023

Unsure of what financial disclosure is and if it is necessary? Solicitor Lucy Attfield sets out what you need to know, to help you enter into financial disclosure with confidence.

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Relationship breakdown and immigration status

08 September 2023

Director Lauren Guy recently collaborated with Tim Barnden, immigration partner at Bates Wells, on a piece for The Review, Resolution’s magazine on the subject of relationship breakdown and immigration status.

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Edward Cooke Shortlisted for LexisNexis Family Law Partner of the Year Award

05 September 2023

We are delighted to announce that Edward is a finalist in the Family Law Awards 2023.

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Do I need permission to take my child on holiday abroad?

08 August 2023

Travelling with children during or after a separation or divorce? Our latest blog sets out the legal position for separated parents.

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Common misconceptions about surrogacy

04 August 2023

Director Lauren Guy and Associate Solicitor Victoria Maxwell bust some of the myths around surrogacy arrangements.

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Edward Cooke Family Law are pleased to support National Surrogacy Week 2023

01 August 2023

National Surrogacy Week 2023 is a seven-day celebration of UK surrogacy organised by the surrogacy community.

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Edward Cooke Family Law is proud to announce its sponsorship of V2 Radio Sussex’s ‘Back 2 School’ Summer Appeal

31 July 2023

V2 radio partners with Edward Cooke Family Law to help families in the local community confidently send their children into the new school year with a brand-new school uniform.

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Director, Michelle Lewis, appointed President of the Chichester and District Law Society

26 July 2023

Congratulations to Michelle on her new role in Chichester Law Society

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Edward Cooke Family Law sponsors Jazz in the Stables at Petworth Festival

20 July 2023

We are pleased to be supporting Jazz in the Stables at Petworth Festival for the first time!

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Edward Cooke Family Law marks its fifth anniversary

28 June 2023

The team at Edward Cooke Family Law is delighted to mark our fifth anniversary this June.  

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Edward Cooke Shortlisted for Resolution’s Children’s Champion Award

27 June 2023

We are delighted to announce that Edward has been shortlisted for Resolution’s Children’s Champion Award.

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Edward Cooke Family Law is proud to sponsor the Festival of Chichester for the third year running

09 June 2023

Edward Cooke Family Law is proud to be sponsoring the Festival of Chichester for the third year in a row. The team are excited to be a part of this month-long festival once again and look forward to attending a wealth of summer events

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Edward’s Big Walk for Charity!

08 June 2023

Last week, together with his friend Royal Naval doctor Adrian Hamilton, Edward Cooke embarked on a six-day, 86-mile trek from the heart of London to the West Sussex coast to raise funds for a UK-based Ukrainian charity.

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Consensus: our one couple, one lawyer approach

26 May 2023

We are delighted to offer Consensus, our one couple, one lawyer joint approach for couples wishing to separate amicably.

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Welcoming Family Solicitor Victoria Maxwell to the Team

10 May 2023

We are delighted to welcome Family Solicitor, Victoria Maxwell, who has joined our Chilgrove office.

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Charity Walk - Kayak - Cycle for Opora

17 April 2023

From the Shard to the Shore: helping Ukrainian families build sustainable lives in the UK

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The anniversary of no-fault divorce

06 April 2023

On 6th April 2022, the landmark reform known as the ‘no-fault divorce’ was introduced. We take a look back at the changes and their impact one year on.

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Edward Cooke Family Law team up with Grayshott Cricket Club

22 March 2023

We are excited to announce the firm’s sponsorship of the Grayshott Cricket Club Under 10 Foxes for 2023.

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Welcoming family solicitor Lucy Attfield to the team

10 March 2023

We are delighted to welcome Family Solicitor Lucy Attfield, who has joined our Brighton office.

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Edward Cooke interviewed by BBC Radio Sussex

23 February 2023

Edward Cooke spoke this morning on BBC Radio Sussex with Allison Ferns, as part of a discussion about the Chichester Crown Court, with the recent announcement from Government that the court will remain open at least until the end of 2023.

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Transparency in the Family Courts: Private and Public Children Proceedings

31 January 2023

Everything you need to know about Transparency in the Family Courts and how the new pilot scheme may impact your case.

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Summarising our support of Family Mediation Week 2023

20 January 2023

As the 2023 Family Mediation Week Draws to a close, we wanted to share a summary of the mediation resources we have available on our website.

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Edward Cooke Family Law publishes Family Mediation Flow Chart

19 January 2023

To support couples considering mediation as an approach to resolving issues arising from a relationship breakdown, we have published a useful Family Mediation Flowchart. This new resource outlines the key features of the main mediation models.

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Everything you need to know about mediation

18 January 2023

Lauren Guy, Director, Family Solicitor, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer, provides a useful summary of everything separating couples need to know about mediation.

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Edward Cooke Family Law are pleased to support Family Mediation Week 2023

16 January 2023

We are proud to announce our support for this week’s annual Family Mediation Week, during which we will provide useful resources and information on all aspects of family mediation.

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Hannah Rogers becomes fourth Resolution-trained mediator at Edward Cooke Family Law

12 January 2023

We are pleased to announce that Hannah Rogers is now offering mediation, further strengthening the firm's family mediation.

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Merry Christmas from the Team at Edward Cooke Family Law

19 December 2022

This Christmas, in place of cards and gifts usually sent at this time of year, we have made a donation to our chosen charity, The Young People’s Shop in Chichester.

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Edward Cooke shortlisted for Child Inclusive Mediator of the Year Award 2022

24 November 2022

We are delighted that Founder and Managing Director Edward Cooke has been shortlisted for a prestigious mediation award.

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Edward Cooke Quiz Night raises over £1000 for local Chichester charity

23 November 2022

Edward Cooke Family Law hosts Charity Quiz Night raising money and awareness for The Young People’s Shop, Chichester, supporting young people aged 11 to 25.

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Edward Cooke ranked in Chambers and Partners for second year

24 October 2022

Edward Cooke has been named as a Ranked Lawyer for Family and Matrimonial for a second year in the Chambers and Partners directory.

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Edward Cooke Family Law and our three directors are recognised in Legal 500 2023

12 October 2022

Edward Cooke Family Law and our three directors all feature in the 2023 Legal 500 rankings.

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Edward Cooke Family Law shortlisted in two categories at national Family Law Awards

15 September 2022

We are very proud to announce that we have been shortlisted in two categories of the forthcoming Family Law Awards 2022 from LexisNexis.

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Edward Cooke Family Law sponsors The Finn Open Festival of Sailing at Bosham Sailing Club

08 July 2022

Joining the celebrations of 70 years of Olympic sailing excellence and history at The Finn Open Festival.

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Edward Cooke contributes to Financial Remedies Journal Summer 2022 Issue

07 July 2022

Edward Cooke was delighted to contribute to the Summer 2022 issue of the Financial Remedies Journal. Edward’s article - Mediation in the Wake of WL v HL – Low-Hanging Fruit or Golden Opportunity? – signals the first contribution on the subject of Family Mediation in the journal and explores the role of mediation in today’s strained family justice system.  

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What can be done to level up the delivery of family justice?

16 June 2022

Edward Cooke writes for The Law Society Gazette and The Times on what can be done to level up the delivery of family justice.

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Edward Cooke Family Law is proud to sponsor the Festival of Chichester for the second year running

27 May 2022

The Festival of Chichester’s exciting and varied line-up of over 100 events returns from 11 June to 10 July.

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How to make the most of your first meeting with your family lawyer

17 May 2022

Director and Family Solicitor Lauren Guy provides clear advice on how to prepare for and get the most out of your first meeting with a family lawyer.

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Top tips for parents giving evidence in family court proceedings

21 April 2022

Lauren Guy, Director and Family Solicitor and Matthew Fletcher, a barrister and Children’s Law specialist at 1GC Family, share their top tips for parents giving evidence in court proceedings.

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No-fault divorce: your questions answered

19 April 2022

Trainee Solicitor Melanie Arens answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the new no-fault divorce law.

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New no-fault divorce law allows couples to separate more amicably

06 April 2022

6 April 2022 marks the biggest change in divorce laws in the UK for 50 years when the new Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 comes into force.

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How much child maintenance should I pay?

11 February 2022

Michelle Lewis, Director and Family Solicitor, provides a clear summary of child maintenance considerations for separated parents, including how it is calculated, when it is payable and how it is arranged.

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Edward Cooke Family Law supports Family Mediation Week 2022

21 January 2022

Edward Cooke Family Law have been delighted to support Family Mediation Week 2022, an annual event run by the Family Mediation Council to raise awareness of family mediation.

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas

17 December 2021

The team at Edward Cooke Family Law wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Our offices will be closed over the festive period from 5pm on Thursday 23 December until 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

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Resolution Good Divorce Week 2021

01 December 2021

Edward Cooke Family Law supports Resolution Good Divorce Week, which aims to kickstart a national conversation about how parents can reduce conflict and embrace a child-focused approach to separation.

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Edward Cooke delighted to feature in Chambers and Partners rankings

30 November 2021

Edward Cooke has been named as a Ranked Lawyer for Family and Matrimonial in the Chambers and Partners directory.

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How can I co-parent with my ex? “Parenting through separation”, a new guide for parents

17 November 2021

One of the key questions we encounter when we meet a new client for advice or mediation is: “How can I parent my children with someone I no longer love? Or, in some cases, can’t face even seeing?” Edward Cooke shines a light on a new step-by-step guide from Resolution for all separating parents.

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Edward Cooke Family Law celebrates new ranking in Legal 500 for Family Law

14 October 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we are now ranked as a Leading Firm in Family Law in The Legal 500 2022 and, in addition, that two of our directors are named as Recommended Lawyers.

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Dealing with stress during divorce or separation

27 August 2021

It is normal to feel stressed when a relationship ends, especially when you have children together. Director and Family Law Specialist, Lauren Guy and Kim Crewe, Family Consultant from Separation Options, explore how you can help manage this stress.

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Guide to donor conception: should I use a known or unknown sperm donor?

25 August 2021

Whatever your reason for considering donor conception, the decisions you make along the way can have lifelong implications for you and your child. Lauren Guy provides insight on options and important factors to consider.

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Why should I work with a Family Consultant?

19 August 2021

At Edward Cooke Family Law, to support our legal work with our clients, we often suggest they work with Family Consultants. Director and Family Law Specialist, Lauren Guy, and Family Consultant, Kim Crewe, of Separation Options join forces in our latest blog to share the benefits of this approach.

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Therapeutic support for family law practices - a conversation between a lawyer and a therapist

16 August 2021

Resolution’s 'The Review' July issue featured Edward Cooke in conversation with Tim Rice, relationship counsellor and couples therapist at the Carvalho Consultancy, exploring the benefits of individual therapeutic support for family law professionals and, in turn, their clients.

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Director Lauren Guy joins Resolution’s Dispute Resolution Committee

13 August 2021

We are delighted to announce that Edward Cooke Family Law Director Lauren Guy has been appointed to the Dispute Resolution committee of Resolution, the nationwide community of family justice professionals.

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What if we can’t agree on whether to vaccinate our child?

22 July 2021

Following the announcement this week about the extension of the Covid-19 vaccine programme to certain children, Director, Lauren Guy, explores how to navigate a difference of opinion if you cannot agree whether to vaccinate your child.

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£4,500 and counting for some of the world’s most marginalised children

21 July 2021

Our July charity walk across the South Downs from our head office in Chilgrove to our new Brighton office has already raised significant sums for Children on the Edge

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Lauren Guy now offers family mediation at our Brighton Office

08 July 2021

We are delighted now to offer Family Mediation as well as Collaborative Law from our Brighton Office.

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Emily Higlett receives Community Hero Award for work at Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice

30 June 2021

We are proud to join Emily in celebrating her recent Community Hero Award from the House of Commons for her volunteering work at Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice.

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Edward Cooke Family Law celebrates its third birthday

24 June 2021

The team at Edward Cooke Family Law were pleased to start this week on a high, celebrating our third birthday.

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Proud to support Chichester’s month-long celebration of the arts

08 June 2021

Edward Cooke Family Law is honoured to support a month of local and international events at this year’s Festival of Chichester

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Surrogacy: What you need to know about Parental Orders

07 June 2021

Specialist family and surrogacy lawyer, Lauren Guy, shares a useful how-to guide on applying for a Parental Order for those who have had, or are planning to have, a child using a surrogate.

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Training and learning: The future of family practice

26 May 2021

As Chair of Resolution’s Training and Learning Committee, Edward Cooke looks at how training and learning needs will continue to evolve in view of changes brought about by the pandemic and other developments in family practice.

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International Surrogacy: A useful checklist

13 May 2021

As more intended parents turn to surrogacy to create their family, our checklist provides a framework for considerations for those specifically considering international surrogacy.

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Edward Cooke Family Law Charity Walk for Children on the Edge – July 2021

04 May 2021

The team at Edward Cooke Family Law are embarking on a charity walk across the South Downs in July to raise money for fantastic charity, Children on the Edge.

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What sets us apart as a specialist divorce and family law firm

22 April 2021

As we approach our third anniversary, we share our reflections on what sets us apart as a specialist divorce and family law firm, our modern approach to our work and our commitment to finding constructive solutions for families.

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Understanding and combating the rise of domestic abuse during lockdown

24 March 2021

Emily Higlett, Paralegal at Edward Cooke Family Law, looks at the impact of the pandemic on victims of domestic abuse and how the new Domestic Abuse Bill aims to combat the rise in the use of technology as a tool of domestic abuse.

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Edward Cooke comments in New Statesman on the delays the pandemic has caused to family proceedings

15 March 2021

Edward Cooke recently spoke to the New Statesman for two articles on the delays caused to family matters by the challenges of the pandemic and of the use of Nightingale courts.

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How the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on the family justice system

03 March 2021

Edward Cooke recently spoke to the Solicitors Journal about current challenges faced by family law professionals, about online and hybrid mediation and the importance of skills training as the profession adapts to a fast-changing environment.

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An Introduction to Surrogacy

01 March 2021

Lauren Guy, Director at Edward Cooke Family Law and specialist in modern family structures, provides a useful introduction to surrogacy for individuals and couples considering their next steps, outlining types of surrogacy, legal and emotional considerations, and useful sources of additional information.

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Edward Cooke Family Law publishes Good Divorce Guide

04 January 2021

An online guide to achieving a ‘good divorce’ is being published today by Edward Cooke Family Law, to help separating couples avoid court, reduce conflict and costs.

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Edward Cooke Family Law opens new Brighton office

04 January 2021

Edward Cooke Family Law are pleased to announce the expansion of their firm as they mark the start of the new year by opening an office in Brighton on 4 January 2021.

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Christmas Greetings

15 December 2020

Merry Christmas from all at Edward Cooke Family Law. We hope that you have a safe and restful festive season and that 2021 brings you peace, joy and good health.

Our offices will be closed over the festive period from 12 noon on 24th December 2020 until 9am on 4th January 2021.

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Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2020. 6 tips for obtaining a “good divorce”

03 December 2020

As part of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2020, Edward Cooke, founder of West Sussex-based specialist family law practice Edward Cooke Family Law, looks at how to obtain a “good divorce”

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The introduction of no fault divorce – why is divorce becoming easier to obtain?

30 November 2020

Emily Higlett, paralegal at Edward Cooke Family Law looks at the implication of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which passed through parliament earlier this year, and which will lead to “no fault” divorce coming into effect in 2021

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Edward Cooke Family Law supports Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2020

30 November 2020

The team at Edward Cooke Family Law are very pleased to support Resolution’s Good Divorce Week, which runs from 30 November to 4 December 2020.

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Edward Cooke Family Law announces new director

01 October 2020

Specialist West Sussex family law practice Edward Cooke Family Law a is delighted to announce Michelle Lewis is now a director in the firm.

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Chichester proudly hosts UK’s first Nightingale court

17 September 2020

As part of government plans to unblock the devastating backlog of legal cases in England and Wales, Chichester’s East Pallant House has become the country’s first Nightingale Court.

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Edward Cooke becomes chair of Resolution’s Training and Learning Committee

17 September 2020

Edward Cooke, Managing Director of Edward Cooke Family Law, a specialist firm of family solicitors and mediators in Sussex and Hampshire, is now Chair of Resolution’s Training and Learning Committee.

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Chichester law firm’s quiz night raises much-needed funds for West Sussex disability charity “The Point”

23 July 2020

Chichester family law solicitors Edward Cooke Family Law are delighted to be supporting The Point, a charity which provides day-to-day support for disabled adults across West Sussex from its day centre in Little Breach, Chichester.

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Edward Cooke Family Mediation offers hybrid mediation

09 July 2020

Edward Cooke Family Mediation, part of Chichester-based family law firm Edward Cooke Family Law, is delighted to be able to offer “hybrid mediation” to family law clients as an additional part of its mediation service.

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Domestic abuse during the current lockdown

04 May 2020

Home is not always a safe haven - for victims of domestic abuse, it is a place of fear and suffering, writes Michelle Lewis, senior associate at Edward Cooke Family Law

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Helping you navigate separation or divorce in the Covid 19 lockdown

23 April 2020

The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected the whole country on so many levels, but we are very aware that families going through separation are finding the effects of the lockdown particularly challenging.

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Parenting and Children during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown (Part 3)

16 April 2020

In a three-part blog, family lawyer and mediator Edward Cooke and psychotherapist Adele Ballantyne, of national family law organisation Resolution’s Parenting after Parting committee, consider the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on parents and children. In Part 3, Edward sets out practical tips for parents for coping with the lockdown.

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Parenting and Children during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown (Part 2)

15 April 2020

In a three part blog, family lawyer and mediator Edward Cooke and psychotherapist Adele Ballantyne, members of the Parenting after Parting committee of Resolution, the national family law organisation, consider the impact on parents and children of the Covid-19 lockdown. In part 2, Adele Ballantyne considers factors affecting separating parents during the current crisis from a psychological perspective and offers her top tips to help separating parents

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Parenting and Children during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown (Part 1)

13 April 2020

In a three-part blog, family lawyer and mediator Edward Cooke and psychotherapist Adele Ballantyne, of national family law organisation Resolution’s Parenting after Parting committee, consider the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on parents and children. In part 1, Edward looks at guidance issued to parents for navigating the current situation.

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Lessons we can learn from 'Marriage Story': Part 2: Lawyers

07 February 2020

In the second of two blogs regarding Oscar nominated film, 'Marriage Story', Edward Cooke reflects on what lessons lawyers can learn from the film.

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Lessons we can learn from 'Marriage Story': Part 1: Clients

05 February 2020

In the first of two blogs regarding Oscar nominated film, 'Marriage Story', Edward Cooke takes a closer look at what lessons can be drawn for people going through a separation or divorce. 

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Edward Cooke Family Law now offers appointments in Petersfield

28 January 2020

We are pleased to now offer appointments in Petersfield, Hampshire, at the Causeway House Business Centre.

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Edward Cooke Family Law expands into Chichester city centre

21 January 2020

We are delighted to announce we have expanded our operations into Chichester city centre.

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Family Mediation Week 2020: The role of a mediator and the benefits of mediation

21 January 2020

As part of Family Mediation Week, solicitor and mediator Michelle Lewis of Edward Cooke Family Law gives a brief outline of the mediation process and its benefits.

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Merry Christmas from all at Edward Cooke Family Law

21 December 2019

Merry Christmas from all at Edward Cooke Family Law - wishing you peace, joy and good health in 2020. Please note our offices will be closed over the festive period from 4pm on 23rd December 2019 until 9am on 2nd January 2020.

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Edward Cooke assesses the proposed child reforms put forward by President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane.

18 December 2019

In a feature for ‘The Review’, Edward Cooke says President of the Family Division’s proposed child reforms are a good start, but the proof will be in the pudding.

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Managing the Christmas period and childcare arrangements

17 December 2019

As we enter the festive season, Solicitor and Mediator Michelle Lewis shares her advice on how separated parents and families can best manage the Christmas period and childcare arrangements.

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Resolution Awareness Week: Part 2: Manifesto for family justice

27 November 2019

In the second of two blogs to mark Resolution’s Awareness Week, Edward Cooke, looks at the importance of Resolution’s Awareness Week 2019 and its focus on family law reform – as well as the impact of past campaigns in supporting constructive changes to a number of essential family law issues.

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Resolution Awareness Week: Part 1: Cohabiting Couples

25 November 2019

In the first of two blogs to mark Resolution’s Awareness Week, Edward Cooke, Director of Edward Cooke Family Law in Chichester and a member of Resolution’s national committee, looks at the question of rights for cohabiting couples

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What is Collaborative Law and what benefits does it offer?

11 November 2019

Michelle Lewis, Associate Solicitor, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer at Edward Cooke Family Law provides an overview of Collaborative Law and its benefits. Michelle qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer this year.

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Tony Tynan joins Edward Cooke Family Law

06 November 2019

We are delighted to announce that Tony Tynan, a highly respected and experienced family solicitor will be joining Edward Cooke Family Law on 2nd December 2019.

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Parliamentary prorogation puts no fault divorce bill on hold

17 September 2019

Edward Cooke comments on the fact that important no fault divorce legislation will not proceed for now due to parliamentary prorogation

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Charity concert raises valuable funds for Sussex children’s hospice

29 July 2019

Chichester family lawyer Edward Cooke and his friend and musical colleague, Rob Gallop, gave a charity piano concert for Chestnut Tree House at the Festival of Chichester on Sunday 14th July 2019.

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Edward Cooke Family Law marks first birthday

01 July 2019

Edward Cooke Family Law celebrated its first year in business on 25 June 2019 with a specially designed cake! The cake was made by Edward's 15 year old daughter, who is a keen amateur cake maker. Not a bad effort we think!

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No fault divorce law to be introduced by government - a welcome step forward

09 April 2019

The announcement by David Gauke, the Justice Secretary on 9th April 2019 that the government is to bring forward legislation to introduce no-fault divorce is hugely welcome, says Edward Cooke, a Chichester divorce solicitor and family mediator.

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Edward Cooke Family Law supports young musicians

09 April 2019

Edward Cooke Family Law, a family law and mediation practice based in West Sussex, has pledged its support for young musicians by supporting West Sussex Music’s “Musical Chairs” campaign.

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Chichester Divorce Lawyer celebrates Family Law panel accreditation success

09 March 2019

Edward Cooke, a Chichester Family Lawyer and Mediator has been successful in his re-accreditation to the Law Society's Family Law panel

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New family lawyer and mediator joins specialist Chichester family law practice

22 January 2019

Michelle Lewis, a family lawyer and mediator, joins Edward Cooke Family Law near Chichester from a well-known regional firm in Hampshire, as the firm expands its specialist family law practice team

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Child-Inclusive Mediation – The voice of the child on separation and divorce

18 December 2018

In our latest blog, we look at the growth of Child-Inclusive Mediation, a process than enables children's voices to be heard on separation and divorce by their parents in a safe and neutral way, thereby allowing parents to make better-informed decisions about future child arrangements

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‘The Children Act’ illustrates the need for reflective family law practice

15 October 2018

Edward Cooke, Chichester Family Lawyer and Mediator, asks what the recent film ‘The Children Act’ tells us about the pressures on family law professionals, as well as growing recognition of the need for ‘reflective family law practice’.

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Battling for Local Justice in Chichester

15 October 2018

Edward Cooke, Chichester Family Lawyer and Mediator was recently interviewed by the Law Society on what it was like to take on the juggernaut of Whitehall and HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) in order to stop the wholesale closure of Chichester’s local court provision. The full interview is set out below.

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Proposed changes in family law show the need for family law to catch up with 21st century life

15 October 2018

Recent government announcements of proposed reforms to divorce law and Civil Partnership law show that family law has yet to catch up with the realities of modern family life in the UK in the 21st century.

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Chichester Court provision retained after 3 year campaign

01 August 2018

Led by Chichester Family Lawyer Edward Cooke, West Sussex Resolution’s long campaign to retain court provision in Chichester has met with success, with the government announcing that court provision will be retained in the county town when the existing court building closes

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Is the introduction of no-fault divorce imminent?

30 July 2018

Edward Cooke, Chichester Family Lawyer and Mediator, reflects on the implications of the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Owens and asks whether the introduction of no-fault divorce is now likely.

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Will Civil Partnerships be extended to heterosexual couples?

30 July 2018

The Supreme Court recently found that it was discriminatory that Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan could not enter into a Civil Partnership. How will the government respond to this judgment and will Civil Partnerships now be extended to heterosexual couples?

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Chichester family lawyer wins prestigious national award

11 July 2018

Edward Cooke, a Chichester family lawyer and mediator has won national recognition for his work to protect access to family justice in the West Sussex area.

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Online divorce is not a panacea

08 July 2018

The government has recently launched an online platform for people who wish to handle their own divorce online.

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Chichester Civic Award for court campaigner

03 July 2018

The pressing need for ongoing court provision in Chichester has been highlighted by a Chichester family lawyer and mediator at a Chichester city awards ceremony.

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Government accepts ‘strong case’ for no fault divorce

02 July 2018

Widely reported in the media, the recent Supreme Court case of Owens has once again reignited a long-running debate over the introduction of no fault divorce into English law.

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The Split – lessons in how not to handle divorce!

26 June 2018

Recent primetime BBC1 drama ‘The Split’, about a family of central London divorce lawyers, may have been entertaining, but at times it is a text-book case as to how divorce should not be handled

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Niche family law firm launches in West Sussex

25 June 2018

Edward Cooke has set up his own law firm to meet growing demand from clients for a bespoke, discrete, specialist family law service.

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