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Norfolk solicitor explains the benefits of a ‘good divorce’

Family solicitors at Norfolk-based law firm Clapham & Collinge LLP are supporting Resolution’s ‘Good Divorce Week 2020’, a national campaign that aims to promote practical and constructive ways for separating parents to put the needs of their children first.

Organised by Resolution, a community of more than 6,500 family justice professionals, this year the campaign focuses around the benefits of early legal advice, as it prepares to re-launch its Code of Practice. 

Resolution members believe the process of separating, sorting out finances and arranging childcare should be done in a way that minimises conflict and keeps the best interests of any children involved at the heart of proceedings. By seeking early professional advice, couples have the benefit of considering a range of options and making a decision that is most suitable to them. 

A head and shoulders picture ofNeale Grearson, who is a partner and head of the family law department at Clapham & Collinge LLP


Neale Grearson, who is a partner and head of the family law department at Clapham & Collinge

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Solicitor sees up to 30% rise in separation and divorce cases arising from Covid

Cork solicitor Sinead McNamara has seen a 20 per cent to 30 per cent increase in separation and divorce cases arising from the Covid-19 restrictions.

“There is always a spike after Christmas because people have been living in close proximity, under pressurised conditions, for a period of time, and it focuses the mind and they make decisions. So Covid has been a little bit like the Christmas period in that regard,” she told The Irish Times.

A partner with Fitzgerald Legal and Advisory, Ms McNamara has been working in the family law area for 20 years, working with clients from across Munster.

The rise in inquiries coming into the firm’s Lapps Quay office in Cork City comes from the way couples are spending more time in each other’s company because of the pandemic.

“If there were little cracks in the relationship pre-Covid then living under the microscope, where both parties

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Second lockdown could spark divorce spike, warns Sheffield solicitor

Divorce is a costly affair
Divorce is a costly affair

Bradie Pell, head of family law at Graysons Solicitors in Sheffield city centre has been dealing with a number of divorce enquiries since the first lockdown came to an end.

The record-breaking levels have even been peaking above the yearly ‘divorce day’ – the traditional spike in January that sees couples that have managed to hold it together for the festive period finally throwing the towel in.

Law firms traditionally see a lull in divorce enquiries in the summer months, but this year – with the pandemic causing couples to spend months alone with each other – many have been reporting a 40 per cent increase when compared with the same period in 2019.

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Bradie Pell, head of family law at Graysons

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