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

Domestic abuse during the current lockdown

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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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Niche family law firm launches in West Sussex

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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The Split – lessons in how not to handle divorce!

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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Chichester family lawyer wins prestigious national award

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

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

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

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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