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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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’.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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