Latest Blogs

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

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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Covid-19 - Update on visiting procedures for Chilgrove offices

02 November 2020

In line with government advice, we have put in place rigorous systems to protect clients visiting our Chilgrove offices. Save where it is necessary for you visit us in person, we conduct all appointments by video conferencing (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and other platforms). However, we recognise that there may be exceptional circumstances where clients will need to meet with us face to face. Please read our policy notice in full below as for details of our procedures for visitors to our Chilgrove office.

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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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